Vet Clinic Changes Hands

Dr. Merle and Leron Bierman purchased the Arnold Animal Clinic from Dr. Matt Vickers effective January 27, and in their own words are “beyond thrilled” to have the chance to be business owners in Arnold. The couple changed the name of the clinic to Bierman Veterinary Services, and had everything in place by the closing date, including creating a new brand and mailing out letters to hundreds of current customers notifying them of the change of ownership.

“Arnold is the best place in the world to raise our family, and it is an honor to be able to serve our community and the animal kingdom. It is our longterm goal to remain here providing veterinary care. We are proud to be able to put our name on the job that we love.”

Dr. Bierman graduated from Arnold High School in 2001, and received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from UNK in 2005. He went on to Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded his doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2009. Throughout his education, it was always his goal to return to Arnold to provide veterinary services. He wasted no time in joining Dr. Vickers at Arnold Animal Clinic that same year.

“It was a good working relationship. I learned a lot from him. I appreciated the way Matt shared his experience, but allowed me to develop my own skills and style of practice,” said Dr. Bierman.

It was an easy decision for the couple to purchase the clinic. They consider Arnold a wonderful place to raise their family.

Considering their large family and their willingness to take on their own new business, saying that this energetic, young couple will be busy is an understatement. Bierman Veterinary Services will continue to provide the same large and small animal care, including herd work, calving assistance, large and small animal vaccinations and care, and emergency support. Right now, the clinic services clients in Custer, Logan, Lincoln, Dawson, McPherson, Thomas and Blaine counties.

As far as changes to the physical location of the clinic, they have a few minor updates planned for the time being, though they do look forward to hopefully expanding the practice someday.

The staff will remain mostly the same with Dr. Merle being the only full time vet. Dr. Matt is slowing down. While also doing his normal heifer spaying, he plans to help in the busier seasons of herd work. Tina Lehmkuhler will remain the main receptionist.

“Her 20 years at the clinic is invaluable for us during this transition,” they said.

Gay Brown works part-time, assisting with clean up and reception. Leron will join the staff keeping books and anything else that needs done. They look forward to being able to add additional veterinary staff in the future.

article by: Janet Larreau

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