Northern Valley Dairy Production Medicine Center
Northern Valley was founded in 1981 as the Northern Valley Animal Clinic by Drs. Bennett and Nigon after their graduation from veterinary college. Today, the clinic is now called Northern Valley Dairy Production Medicine Center and strives to lead the industry by providing progressive production medicine services, expertise, and products to dairy producers and other livestock producers.
Dr. Jim Bennett is a native of a livestock farm in West Central MN. He graduated from St. John's University with a BA in Natural Science and received his BS in Veterinary Science and his DVM from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Bennett began his career in Plainview when he founded Northern Valley with Dr. Kevin Nigon in 1981 and has been here ever since. Dr. Bennett developed an interest in Dairy Production Medicine shortly after graduation. An active public speaker, Dr. Bennett has given many presentations over the years and has served as a adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota, clinical instructor in programs for senior veterinary students, and worked as a subcontractor for Dairy Works. He and his wife Pam have 4 children. Outside of work, Dr. Bennett enjoys cross country and downhill skiing, running marathons, biking, canoeing, fishing, and hiking.
Dr. Kevin Nigon is a native of Rochester, MN. He was raised on a dairy and beef farm along with his eight siblings. The family farm is still operated today by a brother. Dr. Nigon received his BS in Veterinary Science and DVM from the University of Minnesota and founded Northern Valley with Dr. Bennett in 1981. Dr. Nigon has always had a special interest in production medicine and has focused on areas of record analysis, reproduction, milk quality, and milking system analysis. Dr. Nigon is a member of several state and national veterinary organizations for cattle and dairy and has served on advisory boards for dairy and extension organizations. Dr. Nigon and his wife Ann have 5 children. Outside of work, he enjoys sports, gardening, and spending time with his family.
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Dr. Lindsey Borst is a native of Nicollet, MN where she grew up on a hobby farm raising registered Holsteins and Suffolk sheep for 4-H and FFA. Dr. Borst received her BS in Animal Science from the University of Minnesota, which is where she met her husband, Kevin, who is a dairy producer outside of Rochester. Dr. Borst received her DVM from the University of Minnesota and joined Northern Valley in May 2015. In her spare time, Dr. Borst enjoys helping with chores at the Borst Family Dairy, golfing, training her dogs, and going to dairy cattle shows. Dr. Borst is a Food Armor accredited veterinarian.
Dr. Megan Thompson is a native of Hayward, MN where she was raised on a crop farm. Dr. Thompson received her BA in Biology from Gustavus Adolphus College and received her DVM from the University of Minnesota in 2015. Dr. Thompson began her career in Harmony, MN before joining Northern Valley's team in March 2016. She enjoys working with dairy cattle, beef cattle, and small ruminants. She particularly enjoys calf health and management, reproduction, lameness, and employee training. In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking, hiking, fishing, and helping out on the family farm.
Nancy is a Plainview native and is one of 8 children of the Timm family. She and her husband Tracy, live near Conception and have 2 sons. Nancy joined the Northern Valley team in January 2010 and helps both in the office and on the farm as needed. Outside of work, Nancy enjoys spending time with her family and her dog, Renna. She also volunteers at Immnauel Lutheran School. Her hobbies include NFL football, NHL hockey, four-wheeling, gardening, wood refinishing, and crafts.
Kelsey is a native of Plainview and was raised on her family's 50-cow dairy farm. She attended the University of Minnesota where she received her BS in Agricultural Education-Leadership-Communications and a minor in Animal Science. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys working on the family farm, spending time with family and friends, attending cattle shows, playing cards, and watching sports.
Katie Miner is a native of Hayfield where her and her family raise Black Angus cattle. Her interest in cattle began when she was young. She pursued an interest in dairy when she was in high school and throughout college. After graduating with a degree in agriculture service and management she began working for Genex, CRI where she was a service technician. Katie then became a herdsman for a dairy outside of Pine Island before joining our team in June 2016. As our large animal assistant, Katie is able to offer a wide variety of on farm services including castrating, dehorning, blood collection, vaccinations, parlor evaluations and more.