A Big Leap

When he was in private practice in the Des Moines’ suburb of Grimes, Dr. Andy Claude says he “wasn’t a client-type veterinarian.” Instead he longed to do something different and returned to the College of Veterinary Medicine first for an internship, then to complete a three-year residency. That decision foresaw some challenging times for Claude but he says it was the “best decision of his professional life.” Today Claude may not work with clients, but he is forever finding challenges in his role as the lead anesthesiology at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.