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Small Business of the Year: Prairie Winds Veterinary Center

October 1st, 2018 by Amanda Huggett

It’s not just business as usual at Prairie Winds Veterinary Center. This companion animal hospital in south Fargo is a true community partner that offers innovative care for clients and a family-friendly atmosphere for staff.

The clinic is a newer addition to our community, operating only since 2011, but they’ve already established a unique identity. You can find traditional preventive care, tests and counseling for your four-legged friends in a nurturing, supportive environment. Their doctors have invested in continuing education to provide referral level care in areas like dermatology, internal medicine, orthopedics, dentistry and cardiology. And filling a niche need that was previously scarce is reproductive services for dogs and horses, including artificial insemination.

In the five years Prairie Winds has been in business, they have grown from a single doctor practice with support staff of five to a 5-doctor practice with 16 full time employees. Their client growth has allowed them to expand services, with new tools and technology. They have added two ultrasounds, urgent care services, and a new dental suite. This allows them to deliver quality care to more patients at less cost.

The business strategy is simple but consistent. Hire passionate people that believe in quality care with compassion. Hold weekly meetings and a clinic training program and continually work to identify needs within the community.

Of course they support the community too! Proceeds from their refreshment bar go to local rescues, and they support various silent auctions. They partnered with another agency to provide spays, neuters, and preventive care at reduced costs.

The clinic owner, Dr. Alicia Wisnewski, coaches youth basketball, volunteers at her church and is starting a radio show to help educate the community on pet care. “I’m excited to get this recognition from The Chamber because it showcases the hard work our entire team puts into our clinic every day,” Dr. Wisnewski said. “We’re dedicated to continuing to grow our practice to continually meet the needs of our patients!”

Visit them online at www.prairiewindsvet.com.

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