BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Dr. N. Isaac Bott became a veterinarian to treat animals, but one of his favorite aspects of the job is working with and interacting with the people who come into his hospital.
“I’m very passionate about helping people,” said Dr. Bott, who owns and operates Mountain West Animal Hospital in Springville with his wife Melanie. “As a veterinarian, I work on animals, but a big part of my job is talking to people.”
Dr. Bott has gotten to know many members of the Springville community since he took over operations at the animal hospital in January of 2014. In January of this year, the Springville-Mapleton Chamber of Commerce presented Mountain West Animal Hospital with its Business of the Year Award for 2017.
“This community is a wonderful community. It’s a close-knit community, and the people that I interact with every single day are amazing,” Dr. Bott said.
Born in Castle Dale, Dr. Bott was raised on a farm where he developed a love for animals. A personality test in high school revealed him to be an extrovert, however, and as that is not a trait typically associated with veterinarians, he thought he’d probably end up in another career.
He clearly remembers when he made the decision to pursue a veterinary career. While flying home from Peru, where he had just completed a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, his thoughts centered on his future career. He knew he’d be starting college soon, and as he reflected over his time in Peru, he realized he’d performed many service projects involving animals there and they were some of the happiest times of his mission.
The decision made, he went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science and industry from Southern Utah University and a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Washington State University.
After working at small animal hospitals in Utah for about four years, Dr. Bott began considering opening his own veterinary hospital in Utah County. Ironically, it was during a visit to Chicago that he met someone who recommended he talk with Dr. Harold Davis, who had owned and operated Mountain West Animal Hospital for more than 35 years. Some months later, while driving around Springville with his family, they saw the animal clinic and stopped to visit and had the opportunity to meet Dr. Davis. From this visit started a wonderful relationship with Dr. Davis with the prospect of purchasing the hospital.
Mountain West Animal Hospital currently has a staff of 10 highly trained employees including Dr. Davis, who goes in to work one day a week. The hospital specializes in treating dogs and cats, offering services ranging from vaccines to other basics of preventative care, dental work and surgery as well as reproductive services including semen freezing and artificial insemination. The hospital has top-of-the-line equipment including digital X-rays, in-house blood machines, ultrasounds and lasers used for treating inflammation and other maladies.
“There’s a lot of people that are doing dogs and cats, but I feel like I bring a unique skill set to the table in that area,” Dr. Bott said. “I like helping people, and I feel that people really need that and that there’s a demand for it that’s not being met. People want a veterinarian that cares about them and their pet.”
Every day at work brings at least one pet that has to be euthanized, and Dr. Bott said he treats the animals and their owners with the compassion and kindness they need and deserve.
Outside of his regular veterinary practice, Dr. Bott is known around the world for his knowledge and skills in animal reproduction. He currently serves as president of the Society for Theriogenology, an organization of veterinarians dedicated to animal reproduction, and he’s considered the world expert in reindeer reproduction. “I’m the only person in the world that can artificially inseminate reindeer,” he said.
This skill was developed after he received a random phone call from a man with a reindeer that was pregnant and needed to be seen by a veterinarian. “I had never seen a reindeer before,” Dr. Bott said, but he went and ended up delivering the baby reindeer. The man had a small herd of reindeer and wanted someone to artificially inseminate them, and through trial and error Dr. Bott figured out how to do it.
“It’s been a fun path for me. I’ve been able to have a lot of opportunities and travel a lot of places,” he said.
Performing this procedure on reindeer led Dr. Bott to treating other species such as elk, big horn sheep, white tail deer, water buffalo and antelope. He has collected semen from 39 animal species that is now frozen and stored at his hospital.
Dr. Bott and his animal hospital are also being featured in a reality TV show called “DocBott” that is being created by Flash TV in Salt Lake City. The channel can be viewed at www.flash1tv.com.
“I want people to see kind of a realistic view of what it’s like (to be a veterinarian),” Dr. Bott said. “A lot of people think of veterinarians as just playing with puppies all day.”
Mountain West Animal Hospital is located at 410 South 450 West in Springville.