By Rick Cohler, editor
Jammie Verstoppen said he knew he wanted to be a veterinarian growing up as a boy on his grandparents’ farm near Gresham. Today, he owns his own practice, Seymour Veterinary Hospital LLC, 725 Woodland Plaza, which held its grand opening on Aug. 1.
“I did two years of undergrad at UW-Platteville, but then I decided to move to Jamaica to organize a program to build houses for the poor,” Verstoppen said. After his return, he completed his undergraduate studies, then graduated as a general practitioner from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.
He then spent time at the We Care Animal Hospital in Clintonville and the Fox Valley Veterinary Service in Burlington where he helped computerize the practice.
Verstoppen’s grandmother suffered a stroke early this year and having medical power of attorney for her, he decided to move to Seymour.
“I first started looking for a job with another practice, but I had a lot of folks, both previous clients from Clintonville and others in the area that acknowledged the fact that there wasn’t care for primarily small animals or equine so I set out on the venture.”
Verstoppen put a financing package and business plan into work and it went quickly from there.
The practice cares for small animals of all types. On the larger animal side, Dr. Verstoppen focuses primarily on horses but includes other animals.
“I have and will work with sheep and goats, alpacas,” Verstoppen said. “I’m one of the few veterinarians that works with poultry. Backyard poultry is a growing thing now. There’s a lot that’s not known. They think ‘chickens are easy to take care of’ but they do get diseases and some of those diseases can be detrimental to humans as well.”
Verstoppen enjoys clinic work, but also likes to get out and talk with animal owners.
“I truly enjoy the mix,” Verstoppen said. “There’s something to be said for being able to provide in-house lab services and meeting that subset of clients, but then being able to go out in the afternoon and converse with people is equally important. Sometimes it’s nice to just go out and drive around.”
The clinic accepts appointments and offers emergency services. If they are not able to manage a case there, they can stabilize the animal and make an appropriate referral.
“Our motto is Quality, Compassionate, Affordable Care,” Verstoppen said.
Seymour Veterinary Clinic is open from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. They can be reached at 920-504-4131.
By Rick Cohler, editor