By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
Dr. Jamie Litke, owner of Litke’s Veterinary Services in Pierz, has brought Dr. Maggie Wehseler on board. A Pierz native, Wehseler said it’s great to be home again, working in a small rural agriculture community.
Wehseler grew up on a dairy farm north of Pierz with her parents Ron and Barb Nelson.
“As early as I can remember I have wanted to be a vet,” she said. “The family photo album is full of pictures of me carrying animals.”
Growing up, Wehseler had her own herd of goats, she milked for a local farmer and was a member of 4-H.
“The best part of my job now is developing relationships with those who care for animals,” she said.
Wehseler attended the University of Minnesota for both her four years of undergraduate work and for veterinary school, another four years. She graduated in May.
“I first learned about Jamie Litke’s business when my husband, Leo, and I drove by. I thought at that time I should check it out,” said Wehseler.
Later, in the spring of 2013, she saw a posting for a veterinary job at Litke’s Veterinary Services.
“Jamie gave me a tour of the facilities and I was impressed. It’s a well-designed clinic. One of the nicest I’d seen,” she said.
During her fourth year in veterinary school, Wehseler had worked with about 10 veterinarians to learn different practices and to see what was out there.
“I set up a two-week externship (short term) with Jamie in January to learn some practical skills. It was great, I learned a lot,” she said. “I officially applied for the position after that.”
It wasn’t until March that she found out she could have the job if she still wanted it. She began working at Litke’s Veterinary Services May 26.
Wehseler and Leo have two children, Catherine, 4, and Maria, 3. She loves to do anything outdoors with her family. She also loves to fish and hunt, tend her garden and is an avid reader.
Litke’s Veterinary Services is open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. – noon on Saturdays. The two veterinarians try to work with small animals in the morning and do farm calls in the afternoon, but are able to deviate from that schedule when necessary.
For more information, or to make an appointment, call (320) 468-6666.