Don Betts, DVM
After receiving a Masters in Microbiology from the University of Wyoming, Dr. Don Betts graduated from Colorado State University in 1983 with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. He moved to Teton Valley, Idaho with his wife, Jan, in 1985 when they purchased the Driggs Veterinary Clinic.
Dr. Don has been involved with many community and school organizations over the years, including serving on the Teton Valley Hospital board for 13 years, 10 years as board chairman; board member of the original Teton Valley Land Trust; Fall River Propane board member; head coach of the Teton High School Lady Redskins basketball team for 8 years; and long time supporter of the local 4-H programs and the Teton County fair.
Don and Jan have two children, Kelley and Nick. Kelley is married and lives in Dayton, Washington where she is the Executive County Director for the Washington state counties of Walla Walla and Columbia Farm Services Agency. Nick is married and lives in Memphis, Tennessee where he is attending the Physical Therapy School at the University of Tennessee Health and Science Center.
Dr. Don and Jan are avid skiers, enjoy horseback riding, golf and sporting clay shooting. He spends as much of his free time possible fishing and really enjoys being outside whenever he can.
Licensed in Idaho and Wyoming
Memberships & Professional Organizations
- AKC Veterinary Network Program
- AVMA – American Veterinary Medical Association
- EIVMA – Eastern Idaho Veterinary Medical Association
- IVMA – Idaho Veterinary Medical Association
- WVMA – Wyoming Veterinary Medical Association
Kristen James, DVM
Dr. Kristen James is a native of the east coast, growing up just outside Washington, D.C. in northern Virginia. She graduated with a BA from Carleton College in Minnesota in 2004 and earned her BVM&S from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) Royal School of Veterinary Studies in 2011. She first met Dr. Betts in her second to last year of vet school, when she did an externship at the Driggs Vet Clinic at the suggestion of her parents, who moved to the valley in 2006. After graduation, she practiced in Nashville, TN for ten years, during which time she met her husband and started a family. She and her husband recently relocated to Teton Valley with their three kids, four dogs and three cats. She is looking forward to getting back into mixed practice and has already acquired a horse, to the delight of her kids.
Outside of work, and when not chasing after one or more dependents, she enjoys knitting, reading, gardening and getting out for a hike. She is looking forward to getting her bee-friendly native plant garden started when she has time in the spring.
Laura VanLeuven, Certified Veterinary Technician
Laura VanLeuven began her career in the veterinary field by working at various Idaho Falls veterinary clinics in 1989. In 2002, Laura took the National Board examination to become a Certified Veterinary Technician.
Laura has been working at the Driggs Veterinary Clinic since May of 2003.
Russell Murdock, CVT
Russell, our newest veterinary technician, was born and raised in Teton Valley. Russell grew up around large and small animals on the family ranch where they run 120 cows, have many dogs, draft and saddle horses and a few pigs. He participated for many years in Teton County 4-H and FFA where he was involved in pony driving, beef and equine showmanship, ranch roping, archery and leather crafts.
After graduating from Teton high school he attended Casper College in Casper, Wyoming, on a livestock judging scholarship. Russell graduated from Casper College with an Associates of Applied Science degree in animal science. From there he went on to the College of Southern Idaho, earning an associates degree in Veterinary Technology and joined the Driggs Veterinary Clinic team in the late spring of 2020 where he has become a vital member of the staff.
When Russell is not entertaining the rest of the team at the Driggs Veterinary Clinic he is enjoying his time off with local friends of all ages, helping his dad out on the ranch, going camping, ice fishing in the winter, hunting in the fall and generally enjoying the valley and mountains that we live in.