EMERGENCY CARE Cokato, MN • (320) 286-5102
Waverly, MN • (763) 658-2106


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Ke DiOs Shelties
"We are Drs. Doug and Cathy Ohlendorf, Macromolecular Structural Biologists at the University of Minnesota Medical School and owners of KeDiOs Shelties. We have bred Grand Champion Shetland Sheepdogs and titled agility dogs. We know vets and must have an excellent and caring vet for our dogs. One that will take that midnight call when we have a girl who needs a C-section or an injured dog. We need a vet who will do the research to be sure he is up-to-date, who will contact other vets and university researchers to be sure he is offering the best care possible or has a correct diagnosis. Drs. Nate and Jim Kirkpatrick are that type of vet. We have been through several incidents that were difficult to diagnosis and they caught them every time. We can’t say enough good things about them."
Doug & Kathy O.
"Late night cat emergency for a girl named Chester

Now that things have settled down a little bit, I wanted to thank you all for the care and concern you have shown for our new Kitten “Chester”. We especially want to thank Dr. Nate Kirkpatrick for going above and beyond to help us in our time of need. Thank you Dr. Nate for answering my 11:00PM emergency call Wednesday when our kitten was evidently playing with our other cat sitting on top of our old cast iron radiators. I was just heading to bed when I heard what sounded like a major cat fight. I went into the room to see what was going on and found Chester with a foot caught in between one of the cast iron radiator fins. She was struggling frantically trying to get free. After trying to calm her down (no success there… my wife got bitten a couple of times in the process) and get her leg free for 15 minutes using oil to lubricate we were sure that we couldn’t get it out without her being sedated and were convinced she would break her leg in the struggle to get free. I happened to have Nates cell phone number that he had given me when we had issues at and earlier date with our dog so I called him and he amazingly said that he would help. He had to travel from home to the clinic to pick up needed supplies and would be over. During that time we had wrapped towels around the cat to keep her immobilized and all three of us safe. Dr. Nate called when he got to the clinic and shortly thereafter the cat finally “gave up”, relaxed, and amazingly the foot slipped out the bottom of the radiator. I called Nate to let him know and he was happy that it all ended well. Chester is doing well and doesn’t seem to have injured herself other than being a little sore for part of the next day…but she is back to being the normal “hair on fire” kitten we love. I have attached a couple of photos including in the background of one of them the dreaded radiator….

Janith, I (and Chester) will be forever grateful to Doc Nate and the Associated Veterinary Clinic for their unbelievable dedication to their furry and human friends!

Thank you again for being there to support us in our time of need."
Jim & Janith J.
"I am a veterinarian - so it is incredibly hard to take your own animals to a vet! When I "retired" from clinical appointments (I research and create holistic products now) Dr. Nate Kirkpatrick was the answer to my dream of finding another vet to recommend to my beloved clients. Not only is he my first selection to send family and friends to for veterinary care - I feel confident that he has the best interest of the animal at heart, and is dedicated to learning more and more - to advance his abilities! Kudos Dr. Nate!!!"
Dr. Melissa S. - AnimalEO
"I had been in the cat rescue business for years in Texas where I had an awesome vet caring for the cats and dogs in my shelter. Unfortunately The day after I spent the first night in my new home in Cokato, I had a need for another vet I trusted to care for my two legged cat. In my career, I relied for 30 years on my gut instinct about people. My immediate gut reaction to walking into this clinic and meeting Dr. Nate was that I could trust him with this very special cat. And since this visit seven months ago, Dr. Nate has seen my blind cats, my three legged cat, my dog with separation anxiety, ferral kittens I live trapped and most recently the boss of my "clowder". Groucho's a 15 year old cat who all of a sudden went blind. The professionalism, the bedside manner, the humanity that Dr. Nate expresses towards any animal issue he's confronted with, gives my heart a tremendous sense of peace. Knowing all my animals are in caring gentle hands means the world to me. And the two times Dr. Nate was stumped about what was going on with two of my animals, he gave referrals to specialists that were of his caliber when it came to animal care.

Thank you Dr. Nate and all the vet techs for continually amazing me with your dedication to my "family"."
Gloria C.
"Thanks to the expert care of Dr. Nate and his staff, for working to save our puppy Soda from a foreign body in his abdomen. Dr. Nate responded quickly to diagnose the issue and get him into surgery to remedy the situation. Following surgery, the staff was caring and considerate to the needs of Soda. He came home with a bag of medicines, and they explained each one and took the time to follow up on his recovery. I am forever grateful to AVC for all you do! Thanks, and keep up the good work!"
Gary & Jill P.

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