Luke Peterson ’03
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Career: Veterinarian and Faculty Member with Northcentral Technical College in Wausau
Luke Peterson was in the eighth grade, he read the classic book All Creatures Great and Small by James
Herriot. He wanted to be a veterinarian ever since.
Peterson enrolled in the Viterbo
biology program with his sights set on veterinary school.
“The rigorous academics at Viterbo prepared
me well for graduate school,” he said. “I also really appreciated the small
class sizes. I didn’t blossom as a student until my sophomore year, so I think
I would have drowned at a large university.”
The close-knit community in the
science department allowed him to develop close relationships with faculty and
"I spent a lot of time in the science lab, drinking
coffee and talking,” he said.
One of those fellow students, Sara (Heil) Peterson,
would go on to become his wife. They have two young children, Everett and
Peterson as found the perfect career as a veterinarian and a faculty member
with Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, which combines his love for
animals with his desire to work with young people. He teaches students in the
animal science and veterinary technology programs and serves as the
veterinarian for the school’s 45-cow dairy herd.
“I had always wanted to teach, and most of my classes
are held on site at the school’s farm, working directly with the cows, heifers,
and calves,” he said. “And as the herd veterinarian, I have the opportunity to
practice cutting-edge medicine. We do genetic testing, applied research, and