Bryce Niemeyer is joining the Chosen Valley Veterinary Clinic as a vet in March.
Bryce Niemeyer is joining the Chosen Valley Veterinary Clinic as a vet in March. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Bryce Niemeyer’s not horsing around — he’s udderly passionate for returning to his shadow.

The new Chosen Valley Veterinary Clinic veterinarian will be arriving March 1 and saddling up to see patients with manes, udders or webbed feet.

“I am coming from an equine-only clinic in Northfield, Minn., where I have been working for the last three years. Before, that I worked as a large animal veterinarian in Winona,” stated the new vet.

Niemeyer grew up in Chatfield and graduated from Chosen Valley High School in 2006. He attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls for undergraduate studies and the University of Wisconsin-Madison for veterinary school.

“The passion for being outside and working with animals is what led me to veterinary medicine,” he explained. “It is rewarding to help an animal recover from an illness, pain or suffering. Sometimes figuring out what is ailing an animal can be difficult. As we all know, they can’t tell us what is wrong.”

Niemeyer added that it sometimes takes several steps and tests to come to a diagnosis. The animals don’t always “read the book” and show vets the typical signs and symptoms for a disease.

“Animals play a huge role in people’s lives, both as companion and production animals,” he said. “Helping people keep these animals happy and healthy is very rewarding.”

So far, he’s spent the majority of his career in the horse barn and has a particular fondness for equines.

“I grew up riding and training horses every day, so naturally, I would have to say horses are my favorite animal,” Niemeyer said. “I have treated predominantly horses since graduating vet school in 2013, but I have done a little bit of cattle work. I will be training mainly large animals — however, it is a mixed animal clinic, so I will be happy to fill in wherever needed.”

Niemeyer said he is most looking forward to joining the team at CVVC and providing the best animal care and customer service that the clinic is already known for.

“It is exciting to come back home and join the original practice that I job-shadowed with in high school,” he said.

Niemeyer shares a home with his wife and their quartet of critters. He and his wife, Kelly, were wed in May of last year. Together, they enjoy doing anything outdoors — hiking, biking, camping, horseback riding, cross-country skiing.

“One of our unique goals is to go to every state park in Minnesota and to every national park,” he said. “We look forward to starting a little hobby farm together…currently, we have two horses and two ducks — and yes, ducks make great pets — and as we establish ourselves, we plan on acquiring some cows, goats and a couple of dogs.”