Dr. Vern Otte has boundless energy and a sensitivity that is to be admired. Vern spent nearly four decades running a successful veterinary clinic in South Kansas City. Not only did he care for the animals at the clinic, but also cared for animals brought in by Animal Control, providing needed medical care, including surgery, and readied them for adoption if the owners were not found.
Just to name a few of his many accomplishments in the veterinarian field, Dr. Otte was “Veterinarian of the Year” in 2000 and is a K-State College of Veterinary Medicine’s “2020 Distinguished Alumnus.” The last three years he has been Chairman of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards RACE committee, the group that reviews and approves continuing education for veterinarians worldwide. Vern has also been a delegate from Kansas to the American Veterinary Medical Association, an organization that empowers other veterinarians to thrive in the profession.
Sharing his love of animals through community service, Vern volunteered as a docent at the Kansas City Zoo. At the Iditarod Sled Dog Race in Alaska, Vern has been a volunteer trail veterinarian for 11 years. He and his wife currently serve as volunteers in the Discovery Room of the Prairie Fire Museum.
Fun fact about Vern - he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro for his 70th birthday! Vern believes that the key to exemplify positive aging is to get involved and stay involved, with outlets that are rewarding and help others.