Lance E. Tuetken, MD
Dr. Lance Tuetken always thought he would be a farmer.
Growing up on a farm in Iowa, he began helping his father at an early age. He regularly helped mend fences, feed cattle and assist his dad any way he could. When he graduated from high school, Dr. Tuetken’s parents encouraged him to leave the farm and further his education. He attended Iowa State University, where he graduated four years later with an agricultural business degree.
After graduation, he embarked on a career in business which took him across the United States, from Atlanta to Memphis to Kansas City.
“I felt unsatisfied with the career path I was on and decided to make a change – to attend veterinary school or medical school. I thought both would be valuable back in Iowa. The determining factor was the conditions in which I would see patients. Did I want to be surrounded by manure or in a clinical setting?” Dr. Tuetken laughs. “The choice was pretty easy, when I thought about it in those terms.” CONTINUE READING