Mike grew up on a small family farm in northwest Iowa. He knew from an early age he wanted to be a veterinarian and care for animals. After enrolling in Iowa State University in 1977, Mike entered veterinary school in 1979 and earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1983.
He started working in southwest Minnesota at a clinic caring for dogs, cats, horses, cattle, dairy and swine (along with other species). As the swine industry changed and became more specialized in the 1990s, he knew he wanted to focus on swine exclusively. He then joined the Swine Vet Center, a swine-exclusive practice with 15 veterinarians.
Today, most of Mike’s time is focused on health strategies and disease elimination/reduction strategies. He leads a health team that includes veterinarians, health technicians and biosecurity/air filtration experts.
He has published many articles in professional journals and regularly speaks at swine continuing education meetings. In 2017, he was awarded the American Association of Swine Veterinarians Swine Practitioner of the Year.
While Mike enjoys his work, he also enjoys family. He and his wife Linda feel fortunate to have four grown sons who live within 2 ½ hours of their home in Windom.
Mike says he most enjoys hanging out at the lake in the summer. He especially loves being at the lake with his family and watching the “boys” enjoy water sports and other activities. It’s hard to imagine that Mike is not right there with them doing the same things.