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Agweek story leads 2022 University of Minnesota graduate to North Dakota veterinary clinic

Dr. Katie Wolf heard about the veterinarian job opening at Golden Valley Veterinary Clinic in Park River, North Dakota, from her grandfather, Agweek reader Robert “Bob” Wolf.

A woman holds a gray and white cat.
Dr. Katie Wolf started working at Golden Valley Veterinary Clinic in Park River, North Dakota, in June. Her cat, Finn, visited her at the clinic on Tuesday, June 14.
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PARK RIVER, N.D. — An Agweek interview with Golden Valley Veterinary Clinic owners Nathan Kjelland and Britt Jacobson encouraged Dr. Katie Wolf to apply for a job at the large and small animal practice.

Wolf, who graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in St. Paul this past spring, heard about the veterinarian job opening from her grandfather, Agweek reader Robert “Bob” Wolf.

Wolf, who grows soybeans, field corn and sweet corn on a farm near Blooming Prairie, read a story in the March 14, 2022, Agweek, about the struggles veterinary clinics like Golden Valley Veterinary Clinic face filling open positions . He knew his granddaughter wanted to work at a clinic that treated large animals and to live in a rural area of the northern Plains after her graduation, so he told her about the opening at Golden Valley Veterinary Clinic.

“I gave her the magazine and she read the article,” Wolf said.

The article and a segment about the clinic that aired on AgweekTV sold his granddaughter on the clinic in Park River, which has a population of about 1,350. The clinic draws from a wide radius of the city and besides small animals, its veterinarians also treat large animals, including cattle and horses.

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Golden Valley opened an 11,000 square foot clinic clinic in January 2022 which has safety features for small and large animals, a drive-in loading and unloading area for large animals and separate patient quarters for dogs and cats.

“I really liked that they try to stay current with everything so they can offer their clients the best care and service,” Katie Wolf said.

Wolf has wanted to be a veterinarian since she was a child growing up on her parents’ farm near Blooming Prairie. The family raised crops, but Wolf didn’t let that stop her from being around animals because she showed rabbits and goats in 4-H events.

“I was always the passionate animal member of my family,” Wolf said.

She took a variety of chemistry classes in high school in preparation for her future career. After graduating from Blooming Prairie High School in 2015, Wolf enrolled at the University of Minnesota Crookston where she majored in animal science, with a pre-veterinary emphasis.

“It was through my classes at UMC that I developed my passion for large animal veterinary medicine,” Wolf said.

Within a few weeks of reading the Agweek story and watching the TV segment, Wolf made the six-hour drive from St. Paul to interview for the veterinarian job and shadow the clinic staff. She liked the way the staff treated their clients, both human and animals, and the way they related to one another, so she was glad when they offered her the job.

Wolf started working at Golden Valley Veterinary Clinic in early June and was impressed by what she’s seen. She treated a variety of patients, including dogs, cats and a bull and calf during her initial week, and she is pleased with the support she’s received from her co-workers as she gets to know her way around the clinic and its clients.

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“The doctors and the staff, everyone is willing to help me with any questions I have,” Wolf said on June 14.

“So far, I’ve really liked it,” she said on June 14. “It’s a really good fit for me.”

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Ann is a journalism veteran with nearly 40 years of reporting and editing experiences on a variety of topics including agriculture and business. Story ideas or questions can be sent to Ann by email at: abailey@agweek.com or phone at: 218-779-8093.
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