By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
Jamie Litke, doctor of veterinary medicine, opened Litke’s Veterinary Clinic in Pierz March 5. The animal clinic is located in the Sunrise Ag building at 14395 Highway 25.
Litke grew up in Onamia, but his parents, Dan, deceased, and Elaine are from the Pierz area.
“I grew up spending a lot of my time at my grandparents’ farm north of Pierz and that’s where I learned I wanted to become a veterinarian,” Litke said.
Litke, a 2002 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, came back to the area after graduation and worked for 10 years at the Pierz Veterinary Clinic. From there he has branched out to own his own business, something he’s wanted to do since he graduated from college.
The portion of the Sunrise Ag building he’s renting has been remodeled to fit his needs. It now contains two exam rooms, a surgical suite, an X-ray room, an area for large animal supplies and a waiting room.
“I have a full selection of small animal supplies,” said Litke. “During post-surgery, dogs and cats are kept separately for a stress-free stay, facilitating a faster recovery.”
Before he had his office, Litke continued to make farm calls. Those will continue for reproduction checks, surgical procedures, vaccinations and treating ill animals.
LItke’s Veterinary Service’s experienced staff includes Amy Kruse as receptionist and Jamie Scott as the veterinarian technician.
Litke’s future plans include possible grooming services on site and ultrasound testing for large animals. He would also like to eventually hire another veterinarian to help with both the office calls and the off-site calls.
Litke has been the official Morrison County Fair in Little Falls veterinarian for the past eight years and has strong ties with the community. He is a member of the Pierz Fire Department and the Commercial Club and his family are active members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pierz.
Litke is married to Michelle, a second-grade teacher at Pioneer Elementary School in Pierz. They have three children, Morgan, 5; Danny, 3; and Brooke, 2. They also have three dogs and four cats.