Dr. Christopher Anderson
Dr. Christopher Anderson, DVM 2003, says his days at the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) really set the stage for the work he does every day—and in his “dream job,” no less.
As Banfield Pet Hospital’s medical director of Minnesota and Iowa, Christopher develops a total of 74 doctors in 17 hospitals—from recruiting veterinarians, to coaching veterinarians, to developing and implementing Banfield’s strategies, surgeries, and treatments.
“From the medical training to the emphasis on communication and collaboration, I take what I learned at the U of M hospitals and use it every day in a multi-unit setting,” Christopher says. “I love coaching and development of veterinarians; it is so satisfying for me to see vets develop into leaders in our hospitals. When I was in vet school, I didn’t know there was such a position out there like the one I am in now.”
Coaching and mentoring seem to be a part of Christopher’s DNA. As the son of two teachers, Christopher knew he wanted to be a veterinarian since he was 10. “My parents loved animals, and through them, I was exposed to living organisms,” he says. Raised in Tyler, Minnesota, one of his role models was Dr. Loren Johnson, a local veterinarian and U of M CVM 1976 graduate.
As a fourth-year DVM student, Christopher was able to do a rotation with Loren’s practice. Loren remembers Christopher as very talented, with strong communications skills and great with clients. “Plus, he caught onto large animal medicine quicker than most large animal veterinarians do!”
Christopher says that his days at the CVM also instilled in him a passion for preventive care. His clinical skills rotations with Dr. Beth Boyton and dentistry specialist Dr. Gary Goldstein were “instrumental in changing me and my way of thinking,” he says.
The opportunity to collaborate with clinicians, residents, interns, and fellow students is what he remembers most about his last year. “I would spend late nights with my fellow students talking about what we had seen and learned that day and how we would be doing it ourselves in just a few months,” he recalls.
Christopher stays involved with the CVM. He recently became a member of the Alumni and Friends Society Board and has volunteered countless hours conducting behavioral interviews for student admission to the CVM.