New large animal vet in New Ulm
NEW ULM — New Ulm Regional Veterinary Center has a new large animal veterinarian, Kenny Deutz.
Deutz is a recent graduate of the Veterinary School at the University of Minnesota, but he is originally from the Marshall area. He grew up on a family farm around every kind of farm animal. During the busy season while everyone was in the field, Deutz was taking care of the animals.
Although he has no memory of it, his family tells him he was talking about being a veterinarian since he was five years old.
When it was time for Deutz to attend college, there was no drama about what he would do.
“It’s strange, but I never put much thought into it,” Deutz said. “I just decided to go to veterinary school.”
Deutz still loves his family farm and returns once a month to check on the animals for his family.
New Ulm’s proximity to his home in Marshall was one of the reasons he decided to work in the New Ulm Vet Center.
Deutz began working for the New Ulm Vet Clinic in late May and began going on calls in July. As a large animal vet, all of Deutz’s calls are house calls. Many of the calls are herd check-ups, but some are emergency calls involving sick animals.
“Cattle and horses are the big two,” Deutz said. Hogs and poultry typically bring in a specialist. With the cows and horses, it’s hard to have a specialist since there is no industry standard.
Deutz said a person might have 1,200 dairy cows or 30. Some might have a mixture of dairy cows and beef.
Most of Deutz’s daily appointments are for herd check-ups. On a herd check-up, Deutz will typically bring in his ultra-sound equipment to determine if any cows are pregnant or to ensure they are cycling correctly.
A benefit of working with cattle farmers is, most are good at identifying illness before calling a vet.
“Farmers are good at triaging their animals,” Deutz said. “When we get an emergency call, the animal already has a history.”
Since the New Ulm area has a vibrant dairy industry, Deutz has been able to obtain a great deal of experience in the last five months. Even though he is out of school, Deutz still does his homework. Sometimes his homework is finding the answer to a client’s question. Even in situations where the animal improved, he does a followup to determine why a specific treatment worked.
Another benefit of working with the New Ulm Regional Vet Center is the experiences gained from his peers.
“There are five large animal vets here including me and the other four are all very smart,” Deutz said. “It is a great learning experience with great mentors.”
Deutz loves his chosen career. The job allows him to spend a lot of time outside in the country and visit with farmers.
“Farmers are an incredible group of people, and I get to work on their animals,” he said. Deutz doesn’t always get to see when a case works out. If the animal improves after treatment, the farmer has no reason to call back, but it does help build a relationship with the farmer.
Asked if he has any animals or pets of his own, Deutz said he and his wife were planning on getting a dog once they moved out of the Twin Cities. The couple officially moved into New Ulm in July, at which time they found out they would be parents soon.
Deutz said they would get a dog some day, but decided to focus on having a newborn first. Their child is due in March.