Rural Southern Minnesota Veterinarian Gives Away His Practice
In rural Faribault County, there is only one veterinarian. His name is Dr. Robert Bogan and he owns his practice in Blue Earth, Minnesota. However, Dr. Bogan is 75 and wants to retire, but he doesn't want to leave his community without a veterinarian. So he went on a long hunt to find the perfect person to take over.
For the past 5 years, he's been searching for someone to come to Faribault County to be the county's vet, according to KARE 11, but he didn't find anyone. Then, because he cares so much about his community, he decided to give away his practice to the right candidate.
His story was shared far and wide and within a few days, Dr. Bogan got "10 young vets and vet students [who] expressed interest." From the original 10, 8 of them made a trip to Blue Earth to meet with Dr. Bogan and check out the town. 5 of those 8 ended up submitting an official application to take over the practice. And then Dr. Bogan made his selection.
Meet Dr. Zach Adams! He's a 2021 graduate of the Iowa State University vet school and he saw the story while in North Carolina doing his residency. Dr. Adams is from a small town in Iowa called Preston which is near the Iowa/Illinois border. He said because of that Blue Earth "'feels kind of like home'", he told KARE 11. He also had hoped to one day own a mixed animal practice (working with both farm animals and house pets) and "didn’t think the opportunity would come this soon." Oh, he's also a big Vikings fan, so he'll fit right in!
Dr. Adams is now living in Blue Earth and is working alongside Dr. Bogan for about a year. Then he'll pass the practice, including all of the furniture, equipment, the building, his truck, and the office cat Annie, on to Dr. Adams.