Dr. Katrin Witz purchased the
Oconomowoc Animal Hospital from Dr. Robert Lauridsen.
Lauridsen has retired after practicing veterinary medicine
for 33 years.
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OCONOMOWOC — His clients are what Dr. Robert Lauridsen
remembers most after 33 years practicing veterinary medicine
“What stands out more than the individual animals are the
clients,” Lauridsen said about his recent retirement. “I’ve
taken care of clients’ pets, their children’s pets. I’ve
seen my clients’ children grow up.”
He remembers one couple in particular who were attached to
the German shepherd breed.
“I helped deliver 26 litters of German shepherd puppies,” he
said. “We went through the whole alphabet, Litter A, Litter,
B, Litter C ...”
Lauridsen sold his practice on Aug. 15 to Dr. Katrin Witz.
Witz is a 2012 graduate of the University of Wisconsin
School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Dawn Miksic, who has been
with the Oconomowoc Animal Hospital for 16 years, will
continue to practice there.
After working for many years as a certified technician at
busy small animal clinics in the area, Witz decided to
attend veterinary school.
“This is what I was planning to do all my life,” Witz said.
“There was never a question if I would do it, just a matter
She stresses that good communication with her clients and
compassionate care of animals is what she is all about.
“I want to care for the entire life of the pet, she said. “I
want to get to know my clients too, not just the pets. I
want to give clients options and guide them to make the best
decisions for them and their pets.”
While Witz was immersed in the new methods and practices
during her schooling, Lauridsen has seen much change since
he opened his clinic in 1981.
“I’ve seen the technology change,” he said. “Radiography.
You developed the film in tanks and fluid. Then we went to a
processor. We thought that was the ‘cat’s meow.’ Now about
two-thirds of clinics have gone digital. We’ve gone digital,
Lauridsen also remembers the days when he did not have an
in-house laboratory and had to send samples to Oconomowoc
Memorial Hospital for analysis. When he needed results
quickly, he would run the samples over to the hospital
himself, even as late as midnight. There were also no
emergency clinics in the area during the early years of his
practice. Lauridsen recalls receiving calls in the middle of
the night and meeting clients at his office in emergency
situations. Sometimes the clients would have to help the
doctor perform procedures because there was no one else in
the office to do so.
Today, the Oconomowoc Animal Hospital offers clients an
in-house lab and digital radiography, and the veterinarians
can refer clients to specialists such as orthopedic doctors.
In earlier years, “we were expected to do everything,”
One example of “doing everything” that Lauridsen said he
will never forget, was the time he and his staff performed a
C-section on a wolf hybrid who delivered 19 puppies.
“We recruited everybody to help, all the staff. Each one was
caring for about six pups,” he said.
While Witz is looking forward to meeting clients and their
pets, Lauridsen is anticipating having more time for his
wife, Cindy, his hobbies, and his pet dachshunds. He will be
returning to the office from time to time to fill in when a
doctor is on vacation or to do relief work.
Witz is looking forward to treating reptiles as well as cats
and dogs and to working with her staff. After looking hard
for a practice to buy, she is happy she found the Oconomowoc
“It’s the right fit,” she said. “A great team.”