Dr. Carissa Williamson: Community Partner, Neighbor & Career Maker

Posted by on August 22, 2013

Note from the author: The Minnesota School of Business-Plymouth (MSB) campus has been open for nearly 11 years now. In that time, we have seen more than 1,000 students earn a variety of certificates, diplomas and degrees from our school. Many of these students are still working in their chosen career fields, fulfilling goals that were set long before entering our building.

Our students’ accomplishments on a daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly basis never cease to amaze us. For all the great things our students do, there are usually many community partners and employers that help make those things possible.

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Dr. Carissa Williamson outside of her practice, Oakwood Pet Clinic

Dr. Carissa Williamson is one of the many people, business owners and managers that have helped students not only earn a job, but also start a career. Her practice, Oakwood Pet Clinic, is located just two doors down from our campus, and is the work-home to many of our veterinary technology graduates (which you will read about). Thank you to Dr. Williamson, one of many of our invaluable community partners!

On any given weekday at Oakwood Pet Clinic, you will find the usual hustle and bustle that comes with being a small pet clinic. Dogs and cats regularly parade in and out of the Plymouth Plaza office that houses Dr. Carissa Williamson’s veterinary practice.

Another feature that most may notice are the smiling faces behind the front desk and in the exam rooms. What most don’t know is that all of these people—these animal lovers—can call the Minnesota School of Business-Plymouth home.

“We’re inundated [with MSB students],” Williamson said.

A vet clinic with a veterinary technician program just two doors down will tend to have that.

Williamson earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State in 1996. After six years working in various practices in Chicago, Iowa and Minneapolis, she bought her own practice (Oakwood) in 2005.

“I love the location…the pets are great, the people are nice and Plymouth is a great town,” Williamson said.

Her employees, many from the MSB-Plymouth campus, have made the last eight years fun for her as well.

“I like the program and I like the people that have come out of it, so I have been very fortunate,” Williamson said.

Williamson’s first MSB-Plymouth hire came in 2009 when vet tech graduate Heather Keen joined the staff after her internship. From there, a long line of Plymouth campus veterinary technology program graduates have graced the halls of the practice. Alums currently working for Dr. Williamson are (graduation date):

  • Heather Keen (March 2009)
  • Morgan Heller (June 2011)
  • Lisa King (June 2012)
  • Randy Barenburg (March 2013)
  • Cierra Evans (June 2013)

In addition, numerous students have interned with Williamson and done countless class observation sessions. Recently, the entire Introduction to Veterinary Technology course spent time at Oakwood. Dr. Willimason’s contributions extend to the academic side as well, as she is a member of the Plymouth and Blaine campus veterinary technology program advisory councils.

“I’m really glad the [veterinary technology] program has incorporated getting the students out in the field early to see what we do on a day-to-day basis,” she said.

For all the aspiring veterinary professionals out there, Williamson has this advice:

“If I could advise you about one big thing, the animals do not walk themselves into the clinic, so be good at talking to people!”

With the annual recognition of Minnesota School of Business’s fine community partners, the Plymouth campus would like to thank Dr. Carissa Williamson for all that she has done and continues to do for students!

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