Veterinary Medicine: Caring for all Creatures - View the video

Michael Petersen, DVM

Michael Petersen, DVM
Stoughton Veterinary Service

1900 Hwy 51-138
Stoughton, WI 53589

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Dr. Michael Petersen has a wide variety of experience working with both large and small animals within his veterinary practice and with zoo animals. Dr. Petersen received his degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1980 from Iowa State University. Upon graduating, he became an Associate Veterinarian the Sun Prairie Veterinary Clinic, a mixed animal practice. In 1983, Dr. Petersen opened Stoughton Veterinary Service an Animal Hospital in Stoughton, Wis. The full-service, small animal clinic involves multiple doctors working on a wide variety of pets. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Petersen also serves as the Director of Veterinary Services at the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, Wis., a position he has held since 1989.

For those who have an innate interest in the care of animals, a career in veterinary medicine may be a good fit. Dr. Michael Petersen is a veterinarian who splits his time between his own veterinary practice caring for a wide variety of animals and his work as the Director of Veterinary Services for the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, Wis. Dr. Petersen will review the educational requirements for becoming a vet and offer tips to improve acceptance into veterinary school. He will also discuss the job opportunities and career pathways within veterinary medicine. (Running Time 23:30)