David Rethorst, DVM


A native of southwest Kansas, Dr. Rethorst attended Kansas State University where he received his DVM in 1978. He spent 35 years in primarily beef cattle practice in south central Nebraska and northwest Kansas before accepting a position as the Director of Outreach for the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University in 2013. Returning to private practice in 2017, he is currently mentoring young veterinarians in three practices in addition to serving a clientele of beef producers. His preventative approach focuses on basic animal husbandry, especially nutrition in the cow herd, rather than more vaccine and more antibiotic.

Dr. Rethorst is a member of American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Bovine Practitioners and Academy of Veterinary Consultants. He served one term as the District IX AABP director. He is a past president of AVC and served two terms on the board of directors of that organization as well as several committees.

Dave and his wife Starla have 3 grown children and 8 grandchildren.

After 45 years of practice, Dave remains passionate about three things: God, family, and beef cattle production.