OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADr. Gala Beckendorf has been practicing in Nicollet since she graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota in 1981. Raised on a farm at Trimont, MN, she grew up with pigs, dogs, and cats and decided on a veterinary career after riding with the family’s veterinarian. She and her husband live on a hobby farm and recently sold their sheep, but now tend to four of their daughter’s Holsteins. In addition to “pet cows”, they have an English Springer Spaniel, and a Sheltie. She has taught obedience and agility classes for the 4-H Dog Project for many years, and enjoys working with the Riverside Regional Pet Shelter in Mankato. Her youngest daughter is also a veterinarian.