Kyre Larrabee has recently joined the staff Gray County Vet and brings her love for horses and equine sports with her.
A 2020 graduate of Oklahoma State University, Larrabee also spent some time interning in Colorado in equine sports medicine and surgery.
Larrabee competed on the Oklahoma State Rodeo team in breakaway roping, goat tying and was heavily involved in veterinary programs for OSU.
“This fall, I’ll be working with some new roping prospects so I can hopefully hit the rodeo trail again in 2022,” Larrabee said. “While in veterinary school, I served as the President for the National Student American Veterinary Medical Association advocating for veterinary students, veterinarians, and animals.”
Larrabee grew up on a small ranch in Southwest Kansas and said she learned at a young age that animal care was the path she wanted to take in life.
“I‘m what you would call an early identifier,” Larrabee said. “I asked my parents if I ever said if I wanted to be anything else and they said ‘No!’ This is the job I’ve always dreamed of doing.
“I take extreme pride in what my family does for a living and I learned from a young age the importance of caring for animals. I also saw first hand how important our veterinarians were when taking care of our animals. These animals mean a lot to us and they are a part of our family.”
The love of ranching and rodeo runs deep in Larrabee’s family roots and it didn’t take long for her to share in that passion.
“I actually got started in junior rodeos when I was six years old,” Larrabee said. “I’ve done breakaway roping, goat-tying, pole-bending, barrel racing and some team-roping.”
While Larrabee has a love for all animals, it’s equine care where her heart lies.
“Since I’ve been doing equine sports medicine internships, I have a really strong passion in the equine industry,” Larrabee said. “I really want to bring that perspective and hopefully treat some horses in this area.”
Larrabee said working with animals allows her to be a part of the human-animal bond.
“Our pets bring so much fulfillment into our lives so to be able to keep that furry loved one healthy, means so much to me,” Larrabee said.
Larrabee also enjoys the outdoors during her free time, enjoys traveling and spending time with her two Australian Shepherds, Hooey and Stoney.
While at some point she would like to care for horses closer to home in Southwest Kansas, Larrabee would love to get involved in the Pampa community.
“I would like to provide a local vet closer to home to see their horses and help some performance horses out,” Larrabee said. “But I hope to get involved in the community here in Pampa, through educating clients and inspiring the next generation about veterinary medicine.
“I would like to teach kids more about animal agriculture and medicine and why it’s important. Hopefully, one day, someone will come up to me and say ‘Hey, you inspired me to become a veterinarian.’”