Rustebakke Veterinary Service

Our goal and policy is to treat our clients as we would treat our families, and to treat our clients' animals as though they were our own. Our clients are the heart of our practice and the reason we are here. At all times our clients and patients will be treated with respect, dignity, and compassion. Being of service to our patients is the definition of our purpose and the mission of our practice. To accomplish our mission we will provide: A highly trained and professional staff. State of the art equipment and technology. A concern for our patients' health and well being. A genuine concern for our clients' time. As a result of these provisions, we hope that: Our patients will be highly satisfied with their personalized care of their animals. They will continue as a part of our practice family. They will enjoy the long lasting health of their animals. Our clients will feel a desire to refer their friends and family members to our practice. We pledge that we will always do our very best to serve you and to provide your animals with the care they deserve.
  • Monday Thru Friday
  • 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sat : 8:00am - 12:00pm
  • Sun : Closed
  • 24 Hour emergency care
  • David A. Rustebakke, DVM

    Dr. Rustebakke was raised on a wheat and cattle ranch near Scobey, Montana. His ranching background led him to a career in Veterinary Medicine.  He graduated from Washington State University with a DVM Degree in 1972.  Following graduation he served his country as a Veterinarian in the US Army Veterinary Corps till 1976 when he and his new wife, Karen, moved to  Morgan Hill, CA.  He worked as associate Veterinarian in a progressive large animal predominantly equine practice till August of 1979, when he decided this Montana farm boy was not suited to be a Californian.  He moved back to the Northwest where  he became an associate Veterinarian in a mixed primarily large animal practice in Lewiston, Idaho where he practiced till 2000. He then took an 18 month hiatus from private practice to  join a research group in Moscow, Idaho working on issues related to Equine Reproduction.  Among other things, while there he was on the team that produced the first Equine Clones at the University of Idaho.  In mid 2001 he re entered private practice in Clarkston, Washington, starting Rustebakke Veterinary Service out of a mobile unit and a small rented barn.  The practice grew, and in November of 2009 he moved his practice with two other Veterinarians and several office personnel and technicians into a new 8000 square foot state of the art facility on 15th Street in Clarkston. In November of 2014 we celebrated our 5th year at the new clinic, and feel honored and blessed to be able to serve our community.
    Years in Practice:
    Jun 05, 1972
    Washington State University
    Large Animal/Equine/Equine Reproduction
  • Jessica Bell, DVM

    Dr. Jessica Bell grew up in Nevada and received her Bachelor of Science degree from University of Nevada Reno. She moved to Pullman, Washington for Veterinary School and started with Dr. Rustebakke after graduation in 2005. She and her husband Nick have two children and live in Colton, with their two Labradors, two cats, horse and mini donkey. She loves the outdoors, riding, fishing, and camping. She loves working at Rustebakke Veterinary Service and serving the Lewis Clark Valley and surrounding communities. She originally started as a Large Animal Veterinarian, but as the small animal business began to grow, her primary focus became cats and dogs. She still enjoys mixed animal veterinary medicine and looks forward to the few horses, sheep, goats and cattle appointments that she takes. "Rustebakke Veterinary Service is a very progressive clinic with a neighborly atmosphere and I am very thankful for my veterinary family."
    Years in Practice:
    Aug 02, 2005
    Washington State University
    Small Animal
  • Caleb Schmerge, DVM

    Dr. Caleb Schmerge grew up in Cheyenne, WY.  He attended the University of Wyoming for four years, then moved to Pullman, Washington for Veterinary School.  He joined Rustebakke Veterinary Service in May of 2014.  He and his wife have two dogs and love spending time hiking and camping with them.  They also love hunting, especially with their traditional bows.  Dr. Schmerge looks forward to using technology to improve the veterinary care we can provide.  He loves the adventures brought on by mixed animal veterinary practice.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014
    Washington State University
    Small Animal
  • Jon Davis

    Practice Manager

    Jon has been with the clinic since the Fall of 2011.. He brings a wealth of knowledge in the animal health side of the business working for two major animal health companies over the last fifteen years. Jon also managed a local coop store in Montana that sold feed, fertliizer and animal health products. Jon is a native of Montana growing up on the eastern plains of the Big Sky State east of Miles City, Montana on a cow/calf and farming operation.

  • Jacki L. Hereford


    Jacki has been our book keeper since 2003. She has years of accounting and business experience, having owned her own construction company for many years while being employed at a CPA office as a para-professional; she is now a self employed book keeper with her company, "Detailed Accounting".   She spends two days a week with us taking care of our accounting needs including data entry, reconciling all accounts, payroll, and yearly reports.  Jacki grew up on a wheat farm outside Rosalia, Washington; the country is still a big part of her life!   She spends her spare time with her dogs, horses, and family.

  • Kelly Riddle

    Reception Staff

    Kelly is new to the world of veterinary medicine.  She was born and raised in the LC valley and loves her hometown.  Kelly enjoys camping and spending time with her family on the Snake River.  When she is not working you can find her volunteering at the Lewiston Civic Theatre.  Kelly is grateful to be working for a local business that helps so many in our wonderful community.  Rustebakke Veterinary Service is grateful to her for bringing her friendly and outgoing personality to our clinic where she has become an integral part of our team.

  • Rachel Riddle

    Reception Staff

    Rachel was born and raised in Lewiston. An animal lover, she joined our clinic in August of 2014. Prior to her employment at Rustebakke Veterinary Service she lived in Walla Walla, WA and worked in the wine industry as a tasting room manager. In her spare time she loves to travel, collect wine, and jet boat on the Snake and Salmon rivers with her family. Rachel loves working with the public and animals. Her positive attitude and smile make her a great asset to the clinic.
  • Sandra Whittaker

    Large Animal Head Technician

    Sandra joined the practice in the summer of 2002 as the clinic's first full time employee.  She started out as a "jack of all trades"; she was the receptionist, technician, janitor, office manager, groundskeeper, and any other job that needed doing.  As the clinic has grown, she has become more specialized and primarily works as the primary large animal veterinary technician, and inventory manager.  Her versatility enables her to fill in any place she is needed.
    Sandra is from Germany, and is now a naturalized American citizen; she loves the lifestyle of this area.  She along with her daughter Samantha own several horses and dogs and are very involved in the local horse community.  Her spare time is filled with going with her daughter to High School Rodeo events around the Northwest, as well as various horse shows, and local saddle club events.  She is also a member of the Nez Perce County Mounted Sheriff's Posse.

  • Joy Sugden

    Small Animal Head Technician

    Joy joined our practice in 2006 which makes her a senior member of our team; she brings to us many years of experience as a Veterinary Technician.  As a farm girl she learned her work ethic from her family at an early age, and has carried it over into her profession.  Her dedication to her animal patients along with her ability to communicate with our clients and her co workers have made her a very valuable member of our team.  She lives in the Lapwai area with her family, and numerous animals.

  • Meghan Wicks

    Small Animal Technician

    Meghan grew up in the LC Valley and started working at the clinic in the Fall of 2013.  She has been a veterinary technician/assistant, receptionist and kennel staff at veterinary clinics since 2008.  Meghan is currently working towards becoming a certified Veterinary Technician.  When she isn't working you can probably find her in the mountains with her two dogs Stubby and Missy. 
  • Carol Otterstrom-Dietz

    Small Animal Technician

    Carol joined the clinic in June of 2013.  She started in the veterinary field in 1993 in Seattle Washington where she received most of her training.  Carol continued her veterinary tech/assistant work in Colleyville Texas for 3 years.  After moving on to other jobs, she realized her passion was with animals.  Carol works mainly with the small animals but is very excited to learn to care for the large animals too. She loves her family as well as her 4-legged friends (her cats) and has a passion for caring and taking care of all animals.  She has recently discovered a passion for animal grooming, and is currently pursuing training in that area.  She is currently in addition to her tech duties our grooming specialist.

  • Peggy Van Horn


    Peggy has been with us since 2008, but has been involved in the veterinary field for  over twenty years as a technician; her experience in both large and small animal procedures has made her a valuable addition to our clinic.  . Peggy grew up in California on a cow/calf and farming operation in  the San Luis Obispo area. When not at the clinic you can find her in the roping arena, or going to rodeos with her daughter Mikaela.

  • Roshell Hesler

    Assistant Technician 

    Roshell has been with us since the fall of 2012 as our main Kennel and Boarding technician.  She graduated from Lewiston High School in the spring of 2012 and plans of going to college to pursue a career in Equine Therapy.  When not at the clinic Roshell spends time riding her horse Jinx, or spending time with her family. 

  • Lucy Rustebakke

    Official Clinic Greeter
    Great Smile!

    Lucy was born Sept. 3, 2007 and has been an integral part of our staff since.  Her happy smile and wagging tail puts our 2 legged and 4 legged visitors at ease!

  • Zip

    Office Cat

    Zip came to our clinic for surgery and ended up staying with us.  She takes her role as assistant receptionist and greeter very seriously. She is always right at the door to greet every pet and owner who walks through.