More than a decade after he graduated from Sheboygan Falls High School, Eric Rooker is still using the lessons he learned there every day.
“When I was in school I took every class offered by Mr. Brunner,” recalls Eric, one of the owners of Dairy Doctors Veterinary Services in Plymouth. “These classes included the intro, vet medicine, food processing, horticulture, landscaping classes and even independent study. These experiences were wide ranging and encompass many of the skills I continue to use today in my professional and personal life.”
After graduating from Sheboygan Falls in 2006, Eric went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and worked for three years towards a degree in Dairy Science. After being accepted into UW-Madison’s veterinary school a year early, he abandoned his original major and went on to earn his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2013.
He has worked at Dairy Doctors since his graduation.
Eric says he found many of his high school classes helpful in college and graduate school.
“The intro and vet medicine classes were very useful in understanding the basic foundations of animal anatomy, handling, care, and behavior,” Eric says. “I was able to use these animal handling techniques throughout my undergraduate and doctoral work.”
Other classes taught him skills that he uses in his personal life, including landscaping his home and growing hydroponic herbs.
“The food processing, horticulture and landscaping classes taught me life skills that I still use day to day,” Eric explains. “While I may have learned many things at Sheboygan Falls High School it is practical lessons such as these that continue to impact my daily life.”