In Memoriam - Dr. Niki

Niki Eld, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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Dr. Niki Eld was a huge part of our lives since becoming a part of our All Valley family back in 2011. Dr. Niki passed away on July 26, 2016, leaving behind a legacy of incomparable care and compassion.

Below are a few beautifully written excerpts taken from her obituary highlighting her career in the Treasure Valley. She will be profoundly missed by everyone whose lives she touched, and the thousands of pet’s lives she saved throughout her lifetime. Each of us not only grieves at the passing of a tremendous individual but also for the loss her family suffers.

"...After graduation Niki began her professional career at the Emergency Clinic in Boise, Idaho where she saved many animals lives. Not only did she provide care for cats and dogs but for several other interesting animals too, from ducks to tigers. Once, she actually learned the anatomy of the kangaroo so she could perform a life saving surgery. She was also a stand in veterinarian for the Boise Zoo and the primary health provider for the Boise Police Department's K-9 unit.

After her time at the Emergency Clinic she began working for Mountain View Animal Hospital, where she worked for 23 years. During her time there she did many things to expand the care provided by the clinic. One of those things she was very proud was pioneering the practice’s ultrasound program, specializing in cardiac and abdominal diagnosis. Niki was always continuing her education and skill set and it was during her years at Mountain View that she earned her Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, specializing in Feline Medicine. This was one of her greatest ambitions and proudest moments. To our understanding, at the time, she was only the second person in the state of Idaho to earn these honors. The time she spent studying and preparing for the qualification of this degree, while also being a full time vet, hockey Mom and Grandmother is a testament to her dedication and passion for her field.

In 2011 she left Mountain View and began a new chapter at All Valley Pet Clinic. It’s worth noting that she had many clients from the time she spent at the Emergency Clinic that remained clients for all these years and through her transitions. The loyalty she gained from her patients shows just how compassionate, understanding and talented she really was. In fact in 1994 the Idaho Veterinary Medical Association honored her with an Outstanding Service award. During her time at All Valley her contributions helped to grow and expand the practice and only just recently the clinic built a brand new facility with her input on the design and layout of the building. She was very particular about many of the aspects of the layout, including a separate waiting room, just for her feline patients. (She had always dreamed of this.) It is unfortunate that she was only able to spend a short amount of time working in this new facility but it truly was a dream come true for her and she was extremely excited and proud of what she had helped create. The All Valley Pet Clinic, in honor of her life, career and commitment to her patients and love of cats is preparing a benefit in her name that will help fund felines in need throughout the Treasure Valley.

Niki will always be remembered and cherished as a fun loving person with a unique sense of humor. She had enough love to fill the Grand Canyon and then some. The amount of lives she impacted during her time here with us is truly an inspiration. It is very sad to have lost such an amazing woman, and far too soon. We are all together in grief for the loss of the person she was and roles she played. But instead of dwelling in sadness let us instead carry on in her spirit, as she would have wanted. Finally, as Niki often liked to say 'You can’t fix the whole world but you can start by fixing your corner.'
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LaRae Richards

LaRae was born in Denver, Colorado, but made the move to Idaho following her graduation from the University of Colorado. During her time in college, she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and also participated in a number of extracurricular activities, internships and community service projects. She is excited to learn more about the pet industry and contribute her skills to the All Valley Animal Care Center team.

When LaRae’s not working on events or advertisement campaigns, she enjoys spending time with her very sweet “son,” Breutus, a 1 year mixed dog. She enjoys going on hikes and being outdoors with her little family and is excited to see what Idaho has to offer!