Chronicle photo by Lisa Carroll                                Dr. Doug Kirkpatrick
Chronicle photo by Lisa Carroll Dr. Doug Kirkpatrick

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: ELGIN REALTY

As is tradition, the Elgin Chamber of Commerce presented the Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year and Military Family of the Year Awards at the Annual Elgin Chamber of Commerce Banquet held on March 30, 2019.

Recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award, Dr. Doug Kirkpatrick was selected for the numerous ways he has contributed to the community over the years.

As the owner of Southwest Veterinary Clinic for the past 42 years, Dr. Kirkpatrick said he’s met a lot of new faces and has experienced a lot of change in his business as the area has grown.

Most of his job interaction in the beginning was in the dairy practice, while small animal medicine was infrequent and “routine,” he said. These days veterinary medicine is “much more sophisticated” and, according to Dr. Kirkpatrick, small animals now make up around 70 percent of his business.

 

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