Amanda Elston of the South Winn Veterinary Clinic in Ossian, IA Gets her New Truck from Runde’s
Amanda Elston loves to help animals. As a mobile veterinarian she needs a reliable truck to hold all of her medicine and equipment. Despite a two hour trip to get to here, Amanda knew that she would find what she was looking for at Runde’s. And we asked her to reflect on her pleasant experience.
Where are you from?
I’m from Ossian, Ia, It’s just South of Decorah, IA. It’s about a three hour drive. My boss and I made the trip.
What led you to Runde’s?
I’m a veterinarian and I needed a truck for work. I needed a 3/4 ton regular cab, long box truck which was actually really hard to find, but you guys had four or five of them here. Runde’s had the a great selection and options we were looking for so we decided to make the long trip to go here to get the truck from you guys.
How did you find us?
Well I was car shopping for over a week and I found out about Runde’s online through AutoTrader.com. So we called in and got Al right away. He made sure that everything was at the shop and ready to go for us and made sure we didn’t get lost on our way to get here.
On a scale of 1-10, what would you rank your experience at Runde’s?
A 10, it was perfect.
You say you are a veterinarian, and you needed the truck for work, what kind of veterinary service do you provide?
It’s actually a mobile clinic basically for us. So we will put a very large insert in the back that has a lot of drawers for all of my tools and medicine. And I’ll drive that from farm to farm.
Are there particular animals you work with?
I mostly work with cows, Dairy and Beef Cows as well as horses. From time to time I go around and see small animals a couple of days a week, but I mostly work with the bigger animals.
How did you get into that industry?
I had horses when I was younger and I thought I always wanted to be a horse vet. So I went to school down in Florida where I grew up. But then I had to move to where the cows are so I moved here.
You’re originally from Florida?
I was born in in Peoria and my family is originally from the Midwest but I grew up in Florida.
How do you like the transition from Florida to the Midwest?
Pretty good, except for the ice… ice is the whole reason why I’m here today.
Yeah, I hit a patch of ice and went sideways on my old truck then the ditch caught an edge of the truck and made it roll a bit. Not good, but I was wearing my seat-belt!
Glad you made it out of that situation alright!
Are you a farmer yourself?
No, I just go around the farms and take care of the animals.
How far out do you guys go to help out the farm animals?
Within a 25-30 mile radius of our South Winn Veterinary Clinic base.
What do you like to do around the area?
I do a lot of hiking and camping and that kind of stuff. But I’m also kind of a home-body too.
Married? Kids? Pets?
Nope, Single. I have a big old mutt of a dog.
What breed of dog?
They told me she was a Lab and Dalmatian mix when I got her but I think she’s got a little Pitbull in her. She’s about 55-60 lbs.
What’s your favorite movie?
That depends on what category we’re talking about. But for Horror, (which is my favroite type of movies) one of the few movies that actually freaked me out was the first Paranormal Activity. I actually lost sleep over that one which is surprising to say considering how many horror flicks I’ve seen.
The Drive-By Truckers. They’re a Southern rock band.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVy5LGAi_MQ&w=560&h=315]What would you do with the money if you won the lottery?
I’d probably buy a farm and raise some horses and just invest the rest of it and live off of that.
What would you say made your experience unique at Runde’s?
The selection. All of the options and everything available were just fantastic. Al Kloft and everyone we worked with were really nice and knowledgeable. It was just good all around. Everything we looked at here was clean, which was really nice too.