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Luke Peterson ’03


Degree: Bachelor of Science in Biology
Career: Veterinarian and Faculty Member with Northcentral Technical College in Wausau

Luke’s Story

When 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 fellow students.

"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 Lydia.

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 preventative care.”

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