StaffJim Kirkpatrick, Veterinarian
Dr. Jim Kirkpatrick (DVM) is the eldest of four children and grew up on a family farm in the rural Minnesota community of Sanborn. As a child he was involved in 4H (Germantown Livewires) and gained a lot of exposure to sheep and cattle working on the family farm. His interest in animals also led him to have some interesting pets like an orphaned crow named Herman and a squirrel named Curly. These experiences fostered a strong desire to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. After graduating high school he attended Worthington Junior College where he completed his pre-veterinary education.
He applied to and was accepted into the University Of Minnesota College Of Veterinary Medicine in the fall of 1968. Veterinary school further solidified his passion for both large and small animals, which led him to pursue a mixed animal practitioner focus in his studies. During his time in veterinary school he began dating his future wife, Wynnell Trout, who was the daughter of Dr. Lyle Trout, a veterinarian from Lamberton, Minnesota, which was a neighboring town to Dr. Kirkpatrick’s home town of Sanborn. The spring of 1972 was busy time as he graduated from the U of M and got married.
After graduating veterinary school Dr. Kirkpatrick began his veterinary career in Little Falls, Minnesota working as an associate veterinarian. As his experience grew so did his family and he and his wife welcomed a new baby girl which would be the first of five children. Over the course of the next 15 years Dr. Kirkpatrick gained further knowledge and skills by working at multiple different veterinary clinics in Minnesota, as he searched for a community where he could establish his own practice and raise his growing family.
In the fall of 1989 Dr. Kirkpatrick and his family moved to Cokato and opened the Associated Veterinary Clinic. As a mixed animal veterinarian the clinic flourished with all of the dairy farms, beef cattle, and pet owners in the area. During the years that followed the amount of dairy and beef cattle in the area slowly declined as larger and larger farms slowly emerged with the disappearance of smaller farms. During this same period of time pet ownership steadily increased necessitating greater demand for small animal veterinary care and in 2007 Dr. Kirkpatrick opened the Associated Veterinary Clinic of Waverly to meet this growing demand. Today, with the help of his son (Dr. Nathan Kirkptrick, DVM) Dr. Kirkpatrick owns and operates two veterinary clinics in the neighboring communities of Cokato and Waverly.
The influence of growing up on a family farm shaped the clinic into a truly family owned and operated business, as Dr. Kirkpatrick frequently took his children with him on farm calls and taught them assist with small animal veterinary care back at the office. These experiences helped influence the future professions of all of his children, as all five of them pursued careers in the health sciences, his four daughters (Calista, Kambria, Ketrah, and Kezia) went on to work in the human medical field as nurses and his son (Nathan) became a veterinarian.
In his spare time Dr. Kirkpatrick enjoys working on anything mechanical and recently completed the conversion of a coach bus to a motor home. He has a passion for helping people and sharing his faith, which is evidenced by the many short term mission trips he has been on over the years to places such as Romania, Haiti, Guatemala, and Mexico. He and Wynnell are now grandparents to over nine grandchildren and love spending time with all of them. As of right now he is not sure exactly when he plans to retire, but he is looking forward to exploring the country in his motor home and taking on more volunteer and mission work opportunities in the future.