Dr. Val Stuve
Dr. Val D. Stuve was born in 1946 and raised in northeast Michigan on the shores of Lake Huron. In 1964, he enrolled at Michigan State University, the same year his father secured a Produce Inspector position in Palmer, Alaska; a move insuring that Dr. Stuve was destined to practice in Alaska. With the ink still drying on his diploma, he stepped into the world of veterinary medicine in 1969 as Alaska’s 46th licensed veterinarian and started at a companion animal practice in Anchorage. When Anchorage suffered an economic hiccup a couple years later, he accepted a position with Dr. James Sachtjen at Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital, just in time to share the Pipeline Years in Fairbanks. Dr. Stuve then spent two post-Pipeline Years as ‘Veterinarian In Charge’ of the North Pole Veterinary Hospital on Badger Road.
In 1981, Dr. Stuve purchased Aurora Animal Clinic (AAC) from Dr. Glen Neidlinger and assumed duties as COS, CEO and CFO. 30 of his 43 veterinarian years were devoted to enlarging and improving AAC from a one-doctor-do-it-all practice to a facility of triple the size and utilizes the skill of 5 veterinarians and 8 support staff.
He served as veterinarian on the Iditarod trail and supported the Yukon Quest through veterinary and volunteer work since its inception. He loves to write poetry and his often hilarious verse includes rhymes about experiences in veterinary medicine, cabin life, hunting and life in general.
During his years at AAC, 8 veterinarians grew with confidence and knowledge and branched out to create their own businesses and success stories:
● Thomas P. Welsh, DVM – Welsh Animal Clinic, Eagle View Veterinary Clinic and 3 spay/neuter clinics in northern Colorado.
● Mark May, DVM – Golden Heart Veterinary Services, Fairbanks, Alaska
● Jean Battig, DVM – founder of Chena Veterinary Clinic, Fairbanks, Alaska and owner of Animal Dental Clinic, Lake Oswego, Oregon
● Susan McMillan, DVM – Old North End Veterinary Clinic, Burlington, Vermont
● Denali Lovey, DVM – North Pole Veterinary Hospital, North Pole, Alaska
● Margaret Eastman, DVM – Bay East Animal Hospital, Green Bay, Wisconsin
● Bob Griffith, DVM – Pet Care Center in Luna Park, Seattle, Washington
● Tamara Rose, DVM – T Rose Veterinary Services, Fairbanks, Alaska
In 2012, the success stories continued when he sold AAC to Dr. Barb Cole, an AAC veterinarian at that time. While he had relinquished his managerial responsibilities, Dr. Stuve continued to offer AAC his assistance in areas of his special interests such as Orthopedics, specifically Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomies (TPLO), a technique he received certification for in 2003.
During his 43+ year career he kept both his Alaska and Michigan veterinary licenses current and retained memberships with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Alaska Veterinary Medical Association (AKVMA), and Alaska Interior Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA).
In honor of his contributions and commitment to Veterinary Medicine in Alaska, Dr. Stuve’s friends and family established the Dr. Val D. Stuve Scholarship for Veterinary Medicine.