Rural Practitioner

Dr. Trent Glick
Wetmore Veterinary Service
Wetmore, Kansas

By Audrey Hambright

Dr. Trent Glick of Wetmore Veterinary Service in Wetmore, Kansas, attributes his decision to become a veterinarian from the role models he had as a youth.

Glick Family

Dr. Trent Glick with his wife Megan and their daughter Madelyn.

“Drs. Bill and Laura Moreland, Dr. Don Sotta, and Dr. Kristal Endicott Holder all had enthusiastic personalities and really made veterinary practice entertaining,” he said. “Observing their daily interaction with clients was very gratifying and made me want to go to veterinary school.”

A native of Pittsburg, Kansas, Glick received his veterinary degree from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. He was a member of the first class to be a part of the Veterinary Training Program of Rural Kansas (VTPRK), a loan repayment program for service in rural Kansas. For the program, he spent part of a summer training with USDA Foreign Animal Disease in Washington, D.C., and another with CDC Disease Outbreak in Atlanta, Georgia. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Wempe-Luckeroth Family Award for demonstrated proficiency in mixed animal practice.

After graduation, Glick practiced at Countryside Veterinary Clinic of Oberlin and Hoxie, Kansas. In September 2010, he took a position with Northeast Kansas Veterinary Service to run the Wetmore Clinic and then purchased the practice in 2013. Currently the practice is made up of approximately 75 percent beef cattle, 20 percent small animal and 5 percent dairy cattle clientele.

Glick has enjoys many aspects of being a rural practitioner. Including the small-town atmosphere. He and his wife, Megan, have recently welcomed the birth of their first child, Madelyn. Because of this environment, he feels he is working alongside his friends and neighbors who have similar interests to his.

“The thing I enjoy most about my job is still the daily interaction with clients that share a passion for improving their operations with the ultimate goal of advancing animal agriculture,” he said.

Even though Glick has been in practice for just more than five years, he has witnessed some changes from his time as a student until now. One change has been the increase in cattle prices. According to Glick, this has made individual animals more valuable to the producer and allows him to make more of an impact on herd health programs.

Lameness Exam

Dr. Glick conducts a lameness exam.

“Today clients are always asking what more they can do to improve their operation and protocols,” he said. “Although changes aren’t maybe as quick as I’d like, I think we have come a long way in a short time of introducing and building upon management concepts, BQA, welfare and antibiotic stewardship.”

It has also benefited him as a practitioner.

“On an individual animal level it has afforded me the opportunity to do surgeries and procedures that at one time maybe would have only been done at a referral hospital like the Veterinary Health Center at Kansas State University,” he added.

One of his most memorable experiences as a practitioner took place during a K-State vs. KU basketball game while he placed an external fixator on an open metacarpal fracture of a calf.

“It was the first one I had tried and I was literally listening to the game as I did the surgery. K-State won and the fracture healed so it was an early omen of success,” he recalled excitedly.

While the opportunities in the profession are bright, Glick is aware it faces some challenges as well. One of those is the growing disconnect between future generations and agriculture.

“To me, our biggest challenge is to help food consumers understand our industry,” he said. “We are fighting a propaganda war, whether it’s animal welfare, the use of antibiotics, environmental concerns or any other issue. It’s our job to educate people on the facts and not let our adversaries make the first impression.”

Glick with Clients

Consulting with clients Lance and John Cline after a farm visit.

Aside from his duties as a father and practitioner, Glick has been involved in American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC), American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) and Kansas Veterinary Medical Association (KVMA). He was also a member of student veterinary organizations while attending K-State.

His advice for current veterinary students is to remember the point of an education is to grow and learn the material, not just pass the test.

“I feel that work ethic is not only what got me into veterinary school, but also what got me through veterinary school and still serves me today,” he said. “Take advantage of your time with the wealth of information you have available to you.”