Serving Lake Country for 245 dog years
Longtime veterinarian set to retire in February

By Eric Oliver - Freeman Staff

Jan. 29, 2015

Sofy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, is one of two dogs owned by the
retiring Dr. David Sigmond.   

Eric Oliver/Freeman Staff

OCONOMOWOC - In dog years, Dr. David Sigmond has been a veterinarian for 245 years, and after 33 human years he is set to retire.

“I am old,” Sigmond said. “The kids are all out of the area and I am tired. I think I can do it now.”

Sigmond became a veterinarian in 1982. Growing up, he said, his father talked him out of being a doctor. But he always liked animals and being a vet seemed like a good way to make a living.

Thirty-three years later, he still loves his job.

“I am more comfortable being a vet than I have ever been,” Sigmond said. “You always wonder what your skill level is and I think I can do the job now.”

When Sigmond started, there were no other vets in the area, he said. It used to take him 30 minutes just to get a gallon of milk at the supermarket because he was constantly stopped to talk about how people’s pets were doing.

Sigmond will say goodbye to his practice and his patients on Feb. 28.

Dr. David Sigmond, at left, talks to his co-worker of 12 years and partner Dr. David Texeira. Sigmond is retiring on Feb. 28.    
Eric Oliver/Freeman Staff

“I really enjoyed it,” Sigmond said. “It has been a fun run.”

He thanked his clients in both Delafield and Oconomowoc for their warm reception when he first started. At the time Delafield was much smaller and, he said,  “This (Highway) 83/94 megaplex was just a half-empty strip mall.”

His practice will stay in good hands, he said. Those hands belong to his business partner of 12 years, Dr. David Texeira.

“He will make some mistakes,” Sigmond said. “I know he will, but he will give it time and want to make changes and most of those changes are going to pan out and he will do great. Just great.”

As for Texeira, he initially wanted to be a dentist.

“I was going to go to Marquette, and as I was going through school I realized I did not want to work with my hands in people’s mouths,” Texeira said. “So I slid over to vet management.”

Dr. David Sigmond with his two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.    
Eric Oliver/Freeman Staff

Now Texeira is ready to take the reins from Sigmond, and he has a key idea of what sets their practice apart from the competition.

“I think our practice is a little more intimate,” Texeira said. “We get to know our clients a little bit better. I do not know how many times I stop at Walmart on the way home to get something and somebody says ‘Hey Doc, how you doing?’ That’s one of the awesome parts of the job.”

As for Sigmond’s retirement, Texeira said he knows his predecessor will adapt just fine to whatever he decides to do.

“He has been a wonderful boss and a wonderful partner,” Texeira said. “He is good on all different levels. He has three beautiful kids and now grandkids. He is a multidimensional guy.”

Sigmond is moving to Washington state to be closer to his extended family.

After 33 years, waking up and not being a vet will be a first.

“I have no idea (what it will be like),” Sigmond said. “I am a little worried about that.”

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