Farm Girl Turns Dr. Doolittle
Boell grew up on the family farm near Petersburg, she and her brother the fifth generation. She graduated from Jackson County Central High School, where she was active in FFA. She also has a long history in 4-H.
Her family members were grain farmers, and they used to raise cattle and hogs. Boell said she didn’t have one specific job on the farm, but rather filled in wherever needed, which allowed her to always try new things, such as feeding the animals or running the tractor.
She has always had a passion for animals, and found her favorite things to do on the farm were any of the things having to do with the animals, specifically her horses and dogs. She was blessed to be able to have an assortment of animals throughout the years. In 4-H, she had calves, rabbits and sheep. As pets, she had horses, a donkey, goats, pigs, cats, a chinchilla and dogs. For a short time, she even had a llama.
In light of her love for animals, Boell decided to pursue an education as a certified veterinary technician through Ridgewater College. She works in Jackson at the River Valley Veterinary Clinic and she is learning as much as she possibly can through school and through experience.
While many veterinary offices limit their work to small animals and pets, River Valley vets still make farm calls and work with many large farm animals. Boell has found she loves the medicine administered to, and surgery performed on, the larger animals. She has developed a strong respect for the veterinarians with whom she works at River Valley, and enjoys going on farm calls to help animals who are not able to be brought into the office.
“I am always learning something new,” Boell said.
In addition to work, school and helping out at the family farm, Boell also serves as treasurer of Petersburg Township and she enjoys spending time with her farmer neighbors and learning from their experiences.