Tim Parks, DVM, developed his passion for agriculture through participation in FFA during his youth on the outskirts of Topeka. After working at a large animal practice during high school, Parks discovered the exposure to cattle had him hooked, and decided on a career in large animal medicine.
Following graduation from Kansas State University in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Parks and his wife Dyann spent a year in Pratt, KS, and some time in Seneca, KS, practicing before they purchased a clinic in Holton, KS, where they still reside. The practice is a progressive, mixed-animal practice with a strong concentration on cattle.
“Our main work is on cow/calf and stockers, with a small amount of feedlot work,” Parks says. “The addition of an associate this year has allowed me to concentrate more on the cattle practice and the ever changing aspects of large animal medicine.”
A favorite aspect of his job is the relationships he has made with his companion animal and cattle clients. Parks says he “enjoys watching the strength of the human-animal bond.” After working at his clinic for the past 15 years, Parks says he has found the clinic is helping clients through end-of-life decisions on many animals that clients have cared for since they were young. With many of his cattle clients, Parks says many of the client-animal relationships have reached a very personal level.
“Being able to develop a level of confidence with these clients, that they allow you in to their operation to make decisions that can affect their livelihood, is not something that we take lightly. It is truly an honor to work with these people of agriculture and to enjoy the friendships we make that I know will be life-long.”
Parks believes the research and outreach conducted by institutions such as the BCI has been a great source of information for himself and his clients.
“The changes that I have seen in the fifteen years here in Holton are due largely to the studies performed at universities and outreach seminars that are provided. From EPD to bull selection, heifer development and nutrition, judicial use of antibiotics, and animal welfare. These are all topics that the work of and through BCI has allowed me and my clients to stay informed about.”
Parks added, “Living in a society that is so removed from agriculture, it is the responsibility of our profession and that of the clients in the field we love so much to be the voice needed to keep American agriculture as strong and safe as it is today.”