Do you have a certain friend or colleague who you call after a long day? A person who helps you look at the bright side, or see the forest past all the individual trees? Dr. Dick Linn, long time CVM friend and volunteer fills this role for many area professionals and students alike. Dr. Linn lives and owns a practice in Ozark, Missouri. He has spent his career in mixed animal private practice – a path that has become increasingly difficult recently with the pandemic, on-call duty, and packed appointment schedules. Dr. Linn uses his practice as a platform to share Christ’s love with his community and people around the world.
Dr. Linn leads groups on short term mission trips (has done over 20 trips since 2008!) to Honduras, through Honduras Outreach International and India as well (* are we allowed to say India??). He has also helped lead training seminars to equip nationals to become animal health trainers in their own communities. This multiplies the effect of raising up local leaders in these places.
Dr. Linn and his wife Barbara serve yearly as CVM’s volunteer representatives for the January annual Missouri VMA convention. They staff the booth in the exhibit hall as well as facilitate a meeting place for professionals through the annual CVM fellowship event at the conference. This helps bring local veterinarians, technicians, and students into community. Having local friends volunteer for these events creates a network of support at the community level for our profession. CVM is thankful to have a presence at many of these state VMA conferences. Pray about taking the step to volunteer for CVM here! It is an opportunity to serve and encourage others without traveling far!
Visiting with Dr. Linn also reveals his passion for equipping future generations of vets and techs. Many of the people who work for him, go on to enter veterinary school or become certified/licensed technicians. Recently, he was able to gather a group of Mizzou veterinary students and attend a women’s basketball game in stadium suite donated by a local bank through a fundraising opportunity. What a great study break for the Missouri Christian Veterinary Fellowship student group! Basketball, food, and fellowship brought great relief and much needed community during the semester.
At the recent Missouri VMA annual meeting, Dr. Linn was awarded the MVMA Academy Distinguished Service Award. The MVMA Academy, through its programs, encourages Missouri’s veterinarians to stay up to date with all aspects of the profession. Academy members must complete 40 hours of continuing education annually. This award illustrates a lifetime of serving people and their animals. As a Christ-follower, however, Dr. Linn would say that he is just following God’s call on his life – to love God and love people. There is a joy in his face that only comes from the hope that is found in a relationship with Christ. The Lord has graciously given Dr. Linn so many opportunities to be Christ’s light throughout his career. It has been one faithful step at a time. God uses local people to do great things for His kingdom!