Ever since childhood, Dr. Dan knew his calling would take him into the field of veterinary medicine. Dr. Dan spent much of his youth getting up early, and staying up late, tending to animals of all shapes and sizes on his family owned dairy farm in northern Illinois. Those experiences sparked his interest and desire to seek an education and career in veterinary medicine. Following high school, Dr. Dan proceeded to the University of Illinois for his 4 years of undergraduate, and subsequently his 4 additional years of graduate level/veterinary medical studies. Following graduation, Dr. Dan moved to Ohio and spent the first year of his career in mixed practice out in the Buckeye state, working on a wide variety of farm animals (Cows, horses, goats, sheep, pigs, etc), as well as dogs and cats prior to returning to Wisconsin. After a few years of mixed practice in Wisconsin, Dr. Dan accepted a position at a specialty hospital in Madison, Wisconsin practicing emergency medicine. After honing his skills in emergency medicine, Dr. Dan elected to join Animal Wellness Center-Waukesha and help provide the best possible care to the pets and pet parents of the Waukesha area.
When asked what he likes most about veterinary medicine, Dr. Dan replied,
“I love the fact that it [veterinary medicine] has so many moving parts. On any given day I am a surgeon, dermatologist, gastroenterologist, radiologist, etc. Being a veterinarian also allows me to be an advocate for animals, the veterinary industry, as well as agriculture. This level of outreach allows me to educate my clients and dispel common misconceptions about health, medicine, and livestock production that are commonly misrepresented. Additionally, much like human medicine, veterinary medicine is always changing. The practices of 20 years ago are not the same as today, and the practices we use 20 years from now will be different still…This means that we as veterinary professionals and as pet owners need to be willing to adapt, learn, and change with it in order to provide the best standard of care to our 4 legged family members! It’s an amazing profession to be in and it’s never a dull moment!”
Outside of work, Dr. Dan can usually be found lifting weights in the gym, trying a new restaurant, hidden away with his nose in a book, watching a movie, or (in the winter) out snowboarding!