Kenny’s 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Chaney, had a big impact on his life. She would read to the class every afternoon and Kenny learned to love the West and western ways through those books. One of his favorite authors early on was Will James. While in Mrs. Chaney’s 5th grade class Kenny made up his mind to become a veterinarian; he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from Colorado State University in 1969. At the end of high school, Kenny took a job as a wrangler at the GP Bar Dude Ranch the base of the Green River Lakes. The time spent there was memorable and lead him to his next job with the U.S. Forest Service as a wilderness patrolman in the Bridger Wilderness. Kenny put himself through pre-veterinary school as well as veterinary school with his work as a wrangler and wilderness patrolman. Kenny has taught multiple horsemanship courses for the NOLS program (National Outdoor Leadership School). He has prepared backcountry emergency medical kits for outfitters as well as ranchers and taught them emergency medicine for the care of their animals. Ken was one of the founders of the Jackson Hole Trail Riding Association and of Jackson Hole Mule Days.