Four generations of Minnesota veterinarians
(May 14, 2013) - When brothers Daniel and David Tomsche graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and joined their father’s veterinary practice in the early 1980s, they followed a family tradition that now spans four generations.
They have watched the family business, Minnesota Veterinary Associates, grow from a one-vet practice run by their grandfather, Emil, into full-service partnership with three other veterinarians. The business now employs 10 veterinarians and operates five clinics, a pet boarding facility, and a retail outlet in central Minnesota. Their father, Ed, grew the venture during a time when the rising size, productivity, and cost of dairy herds, coupled with a scarcity of practicing veterinarians, drove business at a furious pace.
“My earliest memory of my dad’s practice is the phone ringing almost every morning at 4 or 5,” says David. “Emergency service has always been a huge component of the veterinary profession, but in those days it was over the top.”
By the time Daniel and David joined the family business, large animal practice was already evolving from “sick cow” medicine to helping livestock producers maintain herd health and performance, and the brothers pushed the clinic even further in that direction.
The brothers also founded Melrose-based Leedstone, formerly Stearns Veterinary Outlet and Pharmacy. The retail outlet employs 80 people and sells more than 1,500 animal health products, feed additives, and pharmaceuticals to pet owners, farms, and veterinarians, and exports some of these products to Japan.
On May 11, Daniel’s son, Grant, graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine.
“I believe veterinary medicine is a noble pursuit,” says Grant. “Not only do I get to be in agriculture, but I get to practice medicine. So, I guess that makes it pretty easy for me to get up in the morning.”