Dr. Rethorst is a native of Kansas having grown up on a ranch south of Ashland. He graduated from high school in Smith Center (before the Redmen had a good football team). Upon graduation Dave attended Kansas State where he received a degree in agriculture in addition to his DVM. After receiving his DVM, Dave and his wife, Starla, moved to Hastings, NE where he worked in a 4 veterinarian mixed animal practice for ten years. When he left this practice he started his own business, South Central Herd Health Services, which emphasized production medicine for cow/calf and feedyard clients in south central Nebraska and north central Kansas. This practice, which was located in Red Cloud, NE,
was sold in 2010 and Dave has been providing relief veterinary services to OVS, Ashland Veterinary Center, and Platte Valley Veterinary Hospital since that time.
Dr. Rethorst completed the Beef Cattle Production Management Series at the Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center as part of his continuing education where he strives to stay on the “cutting edge” of new information in the beef cattle industry. He has served as a director for the Academy of Veterinary Consultants as well as serving as president. He is currently serving on the board of directors for the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. Dave received the AABP/Merial “Excellence in Preventive Medicine for Beef Cattle” award in 2009.
Dave’s passion for veterinary medicine and the beef cattle industry continues to center around production medicine and the efficient conversion of cellulose to high quality red meat protein to feed a growing world population.
Dave and Starla have 3 grown children, Chad of Dallas, TX, Justin of Kearney, NE and Ashley of Omaha, NE. Dave has also been active in community life, having served as deacon, trustee, and elder of the First Presbyterian Church, served youth baseball, 4-H council, and the Adams County Ag Society where he was involved the county fair, Oregon Trail PRCA Rodeo and served as chairman of the Nebraska State High School Rodeo Finals.