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COUNCIL -- In a city of just 800 people, in order for things to get done, people need to get involved.

At the Heartland Veterinary Clinic in Council, Dr. Gardner is not afraid to take matters into his own hands.

Surrounded by his exotic bird, Gandolph, and his one-eyed clinic cat, Keebler, Dr. Gardner does it all from teeth cleaning to removing a benign papilloma from a poodle.

A mixed, rural practice like this, is kind of what I've always envisioned, said Dr. Gardner.

He has been in the big cities, in states like Texas and California, but has no desire to move his practice from Council.

I've been in practice for 30 years, in council for 19, so I guess this is where I'm supposed to be, said Dr. Gardner.

Not only is Dr. Gardner the local veterinarian, but he is also the Mayor of Council.

In 1998, when a city council seat went empty, he was asked to fill it.

Now, as the town mayor, he makes procedural decisions, equipment acquisitions, and he tries to attract business to Council.

In two elections, Dr. Gardner has faced no challengers, so it appears he is doing something right.

To learn more about Dr. Gardner and how he balances both important jobs, watch the video above.

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