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<i>New York Times - February 6, 2007<br><br><br><br>
A New Problem for Farmers: Few Veterinarians<br><br>
By PAM BELLUCK<br><br><br><br>
GORHAM, Me. — Rainbow had the bad luck to try to have a baby on a Thursday.<br><br><br><br>
Thursday was her doctor’s day off, and there was no one else for miles who could handle a complicated breech birth, not when the mother was a Holstein cow.<br><br><br><br>
“Had the vet been here, we could have done a C-section and she could have lived through it fine,” said Becki Benson, the owner, with her husband, Eddie, of Rainbow and 150 other dairy cows.<br><br><br><br>
Instead, “I worked on her till I was just exhausted,” Mr. Benson said. “But I ended up having to take the cow to a butcher shop, where she got processed for hamburger.”</i><br><br><br><br>
Full story:<br><br><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/06/us/06vets.html?_r=1&oref=slogin" target="_blank">http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/06/us...=1&oref=slogin</a><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Sorry for posting this story late; I meant to post it earlier in the week but forgot about it until I saw a couple letters to the editor in today's edition of the NY Times.<br><br><br><br>
An excerpt from one of the letters:<br><br><i>There is one large-animal veterinarian who on a few occasions helped us get medications, but we do all the actual animal care — or the animal is slaughtered either for food for us or food for our livestock guardian dogs. Paying pet vet prices just isn’t economical.</i><br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/brood.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":brood:"><br><br><br><br>
Link to the full letters:<br><br><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/09/opinion/l09vets.html" target="_blank">http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/09/opinion/l09vets.html</a>
 

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"Methods of production have changed dramatically in the last 30 years, leaving us with fewer, larger and more intensive farms. The result is a reduction in animal values and requests for veterinary services."<br><br><br><br>
At least this guy got the backstory right. Crap solution, tho. Here's a better one:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.avar.org" target="_blank">Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills to <b>protect the health and well-being of all nonhuman animals, to relieve pain and suffering in nonhuman animals, to strengthen the understanding of the inherent needs and interests of all nonhuman animals, and to promote the preservation of wildlife and their natural environment</b>. I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, compassion, and integrity. I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.</a><br><br><br><br>
I will work diligently to reform those organizations which purport to advance the professional and financial interests of their veterinary members, but remain dangerously unrepresentative of that membership with regard to animal health and welfare and explicitly driven by animal-use industry agendas.<br><br><br><br>
I will not allow my education and expertise to be vertically integrated into the Great Race to the Bottom.<br><br><br><br>
I will not be, nor will I tacitly permit others to be, indoctrinated into the belief that our patients are part of the equipment.
 
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