About Us

Our Mission

The Salem Veterinary Service was built on our mission which states, ‘Caring for God’s Creatures.’ Since we opened our doors in 1996, we continue to grow our family-owned and operated business daily by serving the Salem community and surrounding areas. We began our operation as a mobile veterinary practice but expanded to meet the needs of our clients by moving to our current location in October of 1998. After being blessed with the need for expansion, we remodeled in 2009 which has served us with the proper space essential for additional procedures. 

Thanks to our deep roots in quality care, we can give each patient the benefit of our past experience, current knowledge, and future-advancing focus. Our highest priority is the complete comfort of every animal that comes through our doors. Meeting the needs of our clients and their families is a task we strive to fulfill at every opportunity.  


Dr. Mike Stiefvater

Dr. Mike Stiefvater was born and raised in Salem, SD. After high school, he attended South Dakota State University to achieve his undergraduate degree, and then continued his education at Kansas State University. Dr. Stiefvater returned to his hometown and fulfilled his vision of serving the Salem community through veterinary medicine in 1996. Dr. Mike also enjoys attending SDSU athletic events, watching his children in their many activities, and operating a diversified livestock farm in the Salem area.

Carie Stiefvater

Carie Stiefvater is the wife of Dr. Mike, mother of four children, and office manager for the Salem Veterinary Service. She performs the daily tasks behind the scenes which help the overall performance of our entire practice. Carie assists as an anesthesiologist for surgical procedures, occasionally acts as veterinary assistant, and organizes all office activities. Carie spends her free time coaching various FFA and 4-H teams, working with her family on their diversified farm, and teaching her four homeschooled children.

Myrta Wold

Myrta Wold has been a member of the Salem Veterinary Service team since 2007. Myrta plays an important role as receptionist and assistant office manager. Her interest in equine, small ruminants, and companion animals enables her to bring a variety of experience to our practice. In between her busy schedule, her hobbies include raising sheep, reading, artistic work, hiking, and fishing.

Contact Us

Physical Address:
Hwys 38 & 81 Intersection
702 S. Nebraska St.
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 57
Salem, SD 57058

After Hours Emergencies:
Dr. Mike: 605-421-0407