grade school in Rochester, NY, and when our family moved
to Glencoe, IL, I attended New Trier High School.
I was on the swim team for 3 years and made friendships
that have lasted a lifetime. I attended the
University of Illinois where my course of study was
because I wanted to be involved with teaching high
school sports and high school biology. When I
discovered that I could actually handle college level
courses I discussed changing my curriculum to veterinary
medicine with my parents. With their encouragement
and financial assistance I was able to obtain the degree
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1970.
last two years at Illinois I was privileged to work part
time at the small animal clinic. Assisting with
medical and surgical care along side the excellent
professors/clinicians/surgeons gave me an immeasurable
background of experiences from which I was able to build
my veterinary career with a strong foundation. The
first year of work was done in Western Springs, IL.
But the northwoods were calling and with backing from my
parents I was able to set up my first animal hospital in
Rhinelander, WI. Our clients
back in the 1970s came from all over the northwoods and
the UP of Michigan. As we grew I hired several
veterinarians including Rory Foster, DVM, an incredibly
creative person who started DrsFosterSmith pet supply
company along with Marty Smith, DVM and subsequently
with Race Foster, DVM.
and I established Eagle River Animal Hospital, Eagle
River, WI, and eventually I bought out his interest.
My last (third) practice was set up in Rhinelander in
1984. It was expanded to include a pet food and
supply store with emphasis on high quality pet foods.
In 1997 I
sold the clinic and began an interesting and challenging
Internet odyssey during which I learned how to create
websites, how to interface images with online
presentations about pet health care.
ThePetCenter.com eventually contained over 200 pages
written by veterinarians and was utilized by hundreds of
thousands of dog and cat owners. In July, 2009,
PetFoodDirect.com bought the domain name and content and developed a new generation of online pet
health care information.
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images below... snippets of daily veterinary
Another going away
No more pictures!!!
Assisting since 1978
No more pictures!!
My interests have been in
both medical and surgical care of dogs and cats, but
especially in providing pet owners with sound medical
advice presented in an easy-to-understand manner.
I expect the future to continue to stimulate and reward
those interests. I'd like to thank my parents for
facilitating my entry into veterinary medicine, my
veterinary colleagues whose expertise and dedication
challenges me to improve my skills, and all the kennel
helpers, technicians, assistants and practice owners who
made my work in the clinics so much easier and
interesting. And thank you to the pet owners who
care enough about their little friends that they will
spend hard-earned money to improve and protect their
quality of life.