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North Dakota Board Members

 The Board consists of five members who serve three-year terms, with one term expiring each year.



Thomas Bettenhausen, DVM


Bismarck, ND


Dr. Thomas Bettenhausen graduated from Kansas State University in 1981 with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.  He was licensed in the state of North Dakota in 1981.  Dr. Bettenhausen is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, and the American Association of Equine Practitioners.  His specialities are orthopedic surgery, TPLO for anterior cruciate rupture, and triple pelvic osteotomy for hip dysplasia. He owns a mixed animal practice and he also enjoys large animal practice.

Terms: 5/1/2010-6/30/2012, 9/17/2012-6/30/2015





Gerald Buchholz, DVM


Bismarck, ND


Dr. Gerald Buchholz has been serving as a veterinarian in Bismarck for 30 years. He received his Bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University and his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. His professional interests include orthopedic surgery, ophthalmology, and ultrasonography. He spends his free time with his wife Cindy and daughter Andrea. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time at the lake cabin.

Terms: 7/1/2013-6/30/2016





Frank Walker, DVM

New Rockford, ND



Dr. Frank Walker graduated from Iowa State University in 1977 with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and was licensed in the of state North Dakota that year.  Dr. Walker is an active member of the North Dakota Veterinary Medical Association and has served on a variety of committees, and as secretary from 2003 to present.  In 2004 he was elected to the AVMA Council on Education.  He was first appointed to the North Dakota Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners in 2003.  For the past 25+ years, he has operated a private mixed animal practice with an emphasis on large animals.  His expertise is with cow-calf herd health.

Terms: 7/1/2002-7/2005, 7/1/2005-6/30/2008, 7/1/2008-6/30/2011, 7/1/2011-6/30/2014




Lynn Priebe, LVT

Valley City, ND


Lynn grew up on a farm in Sauk Centre, MN. She graduated from NDSU in May 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Technology and got her license in June of 1993. Lynn has 2 cats, Cali and Shy, a dog named Gigi, and owns a few cows with her parents. Lynn enjoys working with both large and small animals. Lynn's interests include vegetable and flower gardening and sewing. Lynn also teaches dog obedience classes in Valley City and in Lisbon.  Lynn is an active member in the North Dakota Veterinary Technician Association.



Terms: 7/1/2013-6/30/2016






Carmel Miller, Public Member

Carson, ND



Carmel Miller graduated from North Dakota State University with a B.S. degree in Animal Science and a M.Ed. in Agriculture Education.  She and her husband Todd operate a cow/calf operation in Carson.  She also teaches in the Agriculture, Technology and Natural Resources Department at Bismarck State College.  Interests include being a mom to daughters Jayden and Addison, perennial flower gardening, new technology, reading and roping.


Terms: 7/1/2013-6/30/2016






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