Young vet’s experience with sick cattle gets to core of field’s role

Bill Epperson

The Clarion-Ledger

As a young veterinarian, I felt anxiety when Dr. Voorhees stared at me and boomed, "Veterinary diagnostic labs do 3 things – they educate the public, diagnose animal disease and protect public health." This was something he needed me to remember.

Several years ago on Presidents Day, two dead cows were delivered to the diagnostic lab for necropsy (necropsies are autopsies in animals). They were normal-looking and full of feed, and there were no abnormalities we could find. They came from a herd of about 140 beef cows. Within the last 12 hours, 55 had died. Most cows showed no signs; they were just found dead. The owners and their veterinarian treated them with everything, but nothing helped. They were exasperated.

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