Like many veterinarians, Ryan knew pretty young he wanted to work with livestock. He credits growing up on a hog and crop farm near Pemberton, Minnesota, and having an uncle who is a veterinarian with setting the seed for his future. He raised livestock in 4-H and later judged livestock as an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota.
While at the university’s veterinary school, Ryan worked twice at the Swine Vet Center (SVC) — a short summer internship after his first year and an externship in his fourth year. He said the clinic impressed him with its progressive veterinarians and innovations in hog production and health.
After receiving his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2017, Ryan worked at another clinic and, in 2018, moved to SVC. “The best thing about being a veterinarian at SVC is working one-on-one with clients and putting clients ahead of ourselves.”
Ryan and his wife Sarah have a young son Levi and live in Eagle Lake, Minnesota. He continues to help on the family farm when time allows and enjoys hunting and fishing, too.