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Welcome to West River Veterinary Clinic
Your Veterinarian in Hettinger, North Dakota
Call us at (701)567-4333


Welcome to the West River Veterinary Clinic where our veterinarians and staff are committed to providing compassionate, knowledgeable, and quality care in both North and South Dakota.  WRVC is a full service mixed animal practice with five veterinarians on staff, so whether it is your family pet or your herd, our licensed veterinarians and professional staff are here for all your small and large animal needs.

In addition to routine checkups and vaccines, our state-of-the-art veterinary hospital offers diagnostics services including dentistry, in house bloodwork, x-ray, and ultrasound examinations.  We also have indoor and outdoor large animal working facilities, with drive-thru loading, so no need to hassle with backing up a trailer.

Beyond providing top-notch medical and surgical services, our hospital offers 24-hour emergency care after business hours, weekends and holidays.  We have supportive veterinary services on site, to deliver the ultimate in care and convenience, including our in-house pharmacy, prescription diets, grooming and boarding.

WRVC has been providing high quality veterinary medicine for over 50 years.  Our veterinarians provide cutting edge medical care to a wide range of animal patients with an emphasis on personal and compassionate service to our clients.  We pride ourselves on being active members of our community, as we believe a community’s success is dependent on the contributions of its members.

While visiting our site, please browse around as we have articles and newsletters on various animal related topics.   We welcome you to call or stop on by so you can meet our knowledgeable, caring team of doctors and staff.  Let us see how we can help maximize your animals’ health and well-being.  We are happy to answer any questions you may have and pride ourselves on working closely with you to offer only the best for your pets and livestock.

Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

West River Veterinary Clinic


8:00 am-5:00 pm


8:00 am-5:00 pm


8:30 am-5:00 pm


8:00 am-5:00 pm


8:00 am-5:00 pm


Emergencies only


Emergencies only

Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr.
    Donald Safratowich

    Dr. Safratowich graduated from the University of Minnesota with his DVM in 1973. He is originally from Park Rapids, MN. He is married to Eve, and together they have two children, Heather and Bryan. They have four grandchildren, Isabelle, Jackson, Rhys and Brynn. He has one dog who is his best buddy. Dr.Don enjoys hunting, fishing, ice fishing, and spends many hours finely manicuring his lawn and trees. Read More...

  • Dr.
    Ethan Andress

    Dr. Ethan graduated from South Dakota State University in Brookings in 1994. He graduated with his DVM from Iowa State University in 1997. He is married to Denise and they have two children Cassie and Alec. The family has a cat named T who loves a bird in his mouth. Ethan and Denise enjoy traveling the state following their children's sporting events. Read More...

  • Dr.
    Lisa Henderson

    Dr. Henderson received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN in 1992. She received her DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota in 1997.  Dr. Henderson worked in Hobart, IN for 5 years as a small animal practitioner before moving to the Dakotas.  Now she lives on a cattle ranch in Lodgepole, SD with her husband Wade.  Read More...

  • Dr.
    Bleaux Johnson

    Dr. Bleaux Johnson received a B.S. in Animal and Range Sciences from North Dakota State University in 2004 and received his DVM from Iowa State University in 2008. He is married to Janel and they have 3 children (Treyson, Kenley, and Brinley). They have three dogs: Cohen, Ruger and Taya. Dr. Johnson enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing and spending time outdoors with friends and family. Read More...

  • Dr.
    Lindy West

    Dr. West spent 3 years at North Dakota State University as an undergraduate in Microbiology before graduating from Kansas State University with her DVM in 2012. After this, she worked in Chariton, IA at a mixed animal practice. She is originally from Menoken, ND; and she and her husband, Steven, moved back to his hometown of Hettinger in late 2013, where he could pursue farming and ranching. Read More...

  • Dr.
    Jenna Innes

    Dr. Innes graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors in Agricultural Business. She recieved her DVM from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. Dr. Innes is originally from a ranch just outside of Gillette, Wy. She has three dogs, Dally, Carson, and Riggin, who attempt to be working cattle dogs, but are much better at chasing rabbits, antelope and any other moving object that they're not supposed to. She also has the occasional bum lamb or calf to keep her occupied. Read More...


  • "Thank you to the wonderful staff! Tater is going to have a rough two weeks but she will survive. They did an amazing job stitching her up and the staff there is amazing and caring! Casey and I appreciate you all very much!"
    Stacey F. Hettinger, ND

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