My name is Melissa Timm. I knew early on in my life that I was going to find a career working in veterinary medicine. Growing up on a small hobby farm in rural Wisconsin where we raised beef cattle and, of course, the colony of barn cats was the highlight of my childhood. Along with being an active member in my local 4-H Club and later the FFA, I began my working career milking cows for a couple small dairy farms in the area.
After graduating high school, I moved to Willmar, MN to begin my journey through the Vet Tech program at Ridgewater College. Deciding to work through school, I found a 700+ cow dairy to occupy my spare time milking. Once I graduated from Ridgewater, I moved back home and started my internships which included the University of Minnesota and then Carver Lake Veterinary Center where I continued working for nearly 4 years with an amazing group of people. During that time, I had my first child and decided I needed to work closer to home and started another exciting path at Kinnic Veterinary Service.
Learning became my number one objective and I knew that there was no way I could learn everything there was to know pertaining to Veterinary Medicine but I tried my hardest. I received vast knowledge from the late Dr. Bloom, whom I will feel forever grateful for getting the opportunity to work with. After the birth of my second child, I decided to push myself further as a technician and test my abilities working in emergency medicine. I began working at the Animal Emergency and Referral Center of MN in 2007 part time and later moved into a full time position working in the evenings. Later, I moved into a day position working with the criticalist full time. During that time, I was also a Veterinary Technician Internship Coordinator, Infectious Disease Coordinator and a member of the Professional Development Committee.
Making the decision the leave the clinic setting was not an easy choice for me. I have grown to love everything about what I do, from patient care to learning and teaching. Although I have only recently started with the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, I know I have made the right decision. I'm ready for the next step in my journey and couldn't be more excited about it. I currently live in Wisconsin with my fiancé, Corey and our two children, Keagan and McKenna. We have two cats, Norman, who doesn't realize he is a cat, and Orlando, who seems to think he is the boss of everyone and everything. We also had a Labrador, Izzy B, whom we said goodbye to a little over a year ago but she will forever be a part of our family.