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Prairie Side Veterinary Hospital of Racine

Prairie Side Veterinary Hospital of Racine

Prairie Side Veterinary Hospital group was started in December 2010 by Dr. Edward Susmilch to serve the local Wisconsin and Illinois area with the best available veterinary care. Dr. Susmilch grew up just outside of Chicago in a family that inspired him to become a veterinarian. He often visited his aunt and uncle’s farm, where he would watch the vet tend to the cattle. Dr. Susmilch majored in Animal Science at the University of Illinois, and in 1997 he was accepted to the University of Illinois – College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2001. After working at his cousin’s practice, Dr. Susmilch was commissioned as a Captain in the United States Army Veterinary Corps and moved to San Antonio, Texas. He spent three years on active duty, including seven months in Kuwait. 

In 2010 Dr. Susmilch moved back to Wisconsin and purchased Kenosha-based veterinary clinic with his wife, Johanna Susmilch. Joanna serves as the Vice President of the Prairie Side hospitals as the couple added two new hospitals, in 2012 in Franksville and 2014 in Racine. Each of the three clinics serves over 1,200 clients per year. Prairie Side offers state-of-the-art medical facilities and a safe and welcoming environment that is designed to provide customers and their pets with the best available veterinary care. The clinics provide total health care for the life of patients from routine wellness and preventative care to dental exams to nutritional counseling, surgery and anything else necessary to manage the animals’ health over time. Prairie Side also offers complementary and alternative treatment options, such as acupuncture, to provide a more well-rounded approach to its patients’ care.

I was happy to work with BLP to come up with a financing plan that worked for Prairie Side Veterinary Hospital. Their staff was helpful and knowledgeable. BLP is a valuable resource I look forward to using again in the future.

Mark E. Wittwer

Southport Bank

Dr. Susmilch’s desire to grow and serve more of his community leads him to look for another location. After his search, he found 6300 Washington Ave in Mt. Pleasant which was a vacant lot. Dr. Susmilch reached out to (BLP) Business Lending Partners to assist him in his quest to purchase and renovate the building. BLP partnered with Southport Bank to help with a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA-504) loan that offered Dr. Susmilch’s company the opportunity to grow and expand.


The low-interest, fixed rate loan services provided by BLP assisted in making this business expansion possible allowing the clinic to expand its current capacity at a location providing greater visibility. The partnership between BLP and Prairie Side Veterinary Hospital resulted in the community benefit of gaining a veteran-owned growing business that provides top notch care in an otherwise vacant lot including the creation of 3 new jobs.

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Thomas Van Gent
Thomas Van Gent
Loan Officer
Thomas has been with BLP since 2015. Thomas conducts credit analysis and application processing for BLP. He also assists in maintaining the business loan portfolio.
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