Animal Medical Center - Clinic History
In the late fall and winter of 1985 and 1986, Dr. Jerry Weil, set upon the construction of the building and foundation of Animal Medical Center in the same location it stands today.
At that time, in this part of town, there was nothing else out here but a Big A distribution center. Dr. Weil took the risk of building a 2500 square foot Veterinary clinic hedging his bets, that the area needed another veterinary clinic and that he could make it work. And he did.
Over the next 20 years, Dr. Weil laid the foundation to instrumentally help us get to where we are today. In that time span, he grew the business, from zero to needing two veterinarians to accomplish all the work.
With two veterinarians in the practice, he had several associates over the years. In 2005, Dr. Nels Lindberg who was practicing in Dodge City, Kansas had a pharmacy rep tell him Dr. Weil’s practice was for sale. Dr. Nels made the phone call and within 4 months, he and his wife Karen purchased the practice, moved to Great Bend and settled in for the long haul.
Dr. Weil worked for Dr. Nels for one year and it was an extremely fun year for both of them! So much so Dr. Weil considered staying longer but he had callings leading him elsewhere. Dr. Nels immediately began growing the practice across the board and all species. The practice was a rock solid cow/calf practice. He grew the small animal, equine and feedlot aspects of the business. They began adding people and veterinarians given the demands. In 2007 the first major expenditure occurred in building the equine barn allowing the practice accomplished equine medicine goals,
The practice continued to grow and Dr. Nels’ mindset was to never put profit over people or the necessary equipment to accomplish his long term vision of being the best practice in the state as well as a very large regional practice.
As Veterinary equipment such as digital x-ray was available and needed, he made the sacrifice and investment. Animal Medical Center was one of the first in the state to invest in the very expensive digital x-ray technology. That philosophy holds true today. If a veterinarian needs a piece of equipment to do their job to better serve the customer, the practice does everything it can do, within its power, to do that. Over the years the practice has been blessed with many of the brightest, go-getter new graduate veterinarians and the practice takes pride in creating the environment for any veterinarian or team member to be the best version of themselves they can be.
Fast forward to 2017, Dr. Nels made Dr. Ty Brunswig a partner. Dr. Ty matched the behavioral and character traits Dr. Nels was in search of to help carry on the practice goal of creating a legacy practice. Due to the wonderful team of people here today, the practice continues to flourish, and provide veterinary care, with the ultimate goal of changing people’s lives through Veterinary medicine.
With growth comes the need for more room. The main practice was remodeled in 2019 followed by a 2,000 square foot expansion. Expansion was completed in 2021 including remodel of a few parts of the main clinic.
Today, we stand very grateful for the foundation Dr. Jerry Weil laid beginning in 1985-86. We may have success today but we wouldn’t have the success today without the foundation from Dr. Weil. History is important and we give respect to those who came before us.
Here's to the next 30+ years!
We are so thankful you took the time to read about the history of Animal Medical Center in Great Bend, Kansas.