Dr. Leonard Sigdestad was born in Webster, South Dakota where he grew up on a farm. He had a love for animals at an early age and during his youth he was very active in the 4-H and FAA clubs. He was a State FAA Officer and was awarded the American Farmer Degree.
He did his undergraduate work at South Dakota State University and received his Doctors Degree in Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. He was inducted into Alpha Zeta, an honorary agriculture and veterinary medicine fraternity.
Upon graduation he became an associate at Aberdeen Veterinary Hospital in Aberdeen, South Dakota. In 1968 he purchased the Loma Linda Animal Hospital where he practices today.
Dr. Sigdestad is an active member in the American Veterinary Medical Association, California Veterinary Medical Association, Southern California Veterinary Medical Association, Orange Belt Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Avian Practitioners. He has been involved in research and development of new drugs where he has performed field studies for pharmaceutical companies on over 400 cases. He was instrumental in developing a Pet Grief Recovery Program with Loma Linda University which is growing in the number of clients served today.
Other memberships include Loma Linda Chamber of Commerce (in 2011, he was chosen as one of the top Chamber of Commerce business award recipients in the 63rd State Assembly District); charter member of the Loma Linda Kiwanis Club, has served as President. While President, he received the John R. Herman award for the largest increase in membership in Division 36. He also received the outstanding President Award for the District.
He is a founding member of the Grand Terrace Lions Club where he maintains active membership, and was named Lion of the Year for 2009-2010. In 2011, he received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award for dedicated humanitarian services.
He served as director of Toro Pacific and Irrigation, Market Place Ministry, Regional Occupational Center and as an advisor to Colton Vocational School.
Dr. Sigdestad has a passion for Guide Dogs. He has sponsored puppies and is providing Veterinary Services for Guide Dogs at a reduced fee. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Guide Dogs of the Desert.