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Journaling about veterinary medicine, life in Cumberland Valley, pet care, and other topics.
Being a veterinarian -- what it's like.
Aug
18

The Rabid Vet: A Run-In

I often get asked by clients and friends, “What’s the weirdest animal you’ve ever worked on?” Of course, the question itself is kind of open-ended seeing as how what might be weird to you may not be weird to me. Regardless, I understand the nature and the spirit of the question.

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Jul
28

The Rabid Vet: The Horse That Went Over the Mountain

I will admit that in my youth I have suffered many embarrassments that defy explanation. I have allowed situations to dictate my next action instead of using my training to control the events taking place. Age brings on wisdom and I certainly look back on some of my earlier days as a veterinarian and just shake my head.

This particular story makes me laugh because it had a very happy ending. I realize that things could have been much worse.

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May
26

The Rabid Vet: My First Visit to the Veterinarian!

Growing up in rural Kentucky was a sheltered life. I admit it. I was stunned by what there was out there in the world once I left home and headed for college. Lexington was full of buildings, people, traffic at all hours, and noise. It’s a story for another time, but it took me two years to get used to city life.

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May
05

The Rabid Vet: Mighty Joe

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I had a dog that could smile.

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Apr
28

The Rabid Vet: Travels

Being in this awesome profession has afforded me the opportunity to see much of the United States. Mostly because in order to maintain my veterinary licenses, the Commonwealth of Kentucky requires that I secure 15 hours of continuing education every single year.

I enjoying teasing young graduate students with the mantra, "You're really never finished with school. It just keeps going, and going, and going…" But don't lose heart! Anything in life is what you make of it, and if you find CE a drudgery, then I would suggest a new approach. Attack it and learn something new.

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Mar
31

The rabid vet: Injuries

I get asked a lot about my injuries. Of course, Veterinary Medicine is chock full of ways to get hurt. You don’t even have to try getting injured in this profession. Pain will find you! But I’m not belly-aching too much about it. To put it plainly, there are jobs seriously more dangerous than working with pet animals. So why are so many of us veterinarians injured? The simple answer is, we get comfortable, in a hurry, and let our guard down.

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Mar
24

The Rabid Vet: Prayer on the Mountain

I was in a bad mood. A very bad mood. There was rarely a break during the calving season and I was totally worn out. Being too tired to drive with heavy eyes, I was sleeping in the cab of my mobile veterinary truck on the side of the road: not my idea of fun. I stunk, I was hungry, and I wanted to go home. That’s when the pager liked to tease me the most, and right on cue it started screaming at me (or laughing). With one eye open and the only two fingers that weren't bruised or cracked, I managed to open the digital message. Hurry Doc, I don’t think she’s gonna make it!

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Jan
20

Rabid Vet Stories: The 8-Track Canine

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Growing up in the hills of Kentucky was a childhood fantasy. I was free! There were hills and mountains, streams and ponds, mud and rocks that provided an enchanted experience for a boy. I was blessed to be raised in a time before computers, internet, and iPhones. So, I know what you are thinking! "How did you ever survive the dark ages?”

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Latest Blogs

17 November 2017
Veterinary Medicine
The Valley Vet

Veterinary Medicine provides vast opportunities to see many strange and wonderful things. This profession also provides daily possibilities to make you look like an idiot. These stories give rise to the romantic ideas and dreams that everyone believes life as a modern veterinarian must be. I can’t deny that I have seen my fair share of crazy over the last three decades, but it’s the routine stuff that will drive you mad.

17 November 2017
The Valley Vet
Pet Care

Clients ask me all the time, “If this were your pet, what would you do?”

I appreciate your question, and yes I hear what you are asking of me. However, it is an unfair question and I sweat a little each time someone asks me. I do not want you to be offended in any way by my saying it makes me nervous because I truly am flattered that you have that much confidence in me to ask.

02 November 2017
Pet Care

Pet Obesity is a problem. We know this.  The question is, why are our animals so stricken with obesity? I mean dogs can’t open the fridge and make a sandwich nor remove the top of the soda-pop can. If one ever shows that talent, I'm buying him!!!

02 November 2017
Family Life

I heard the first crack followed by a loud pop. My hands tightened around the tree branches hoping that would save me in the event that things decided to go south, literally. I clung to the snow-covered limb not moving a muscle. So far things seemed to be holding. I could see the ground some 60 to 70 foot below me all covered in snowy powder from the night before, and I knew it would be of little cushion if I fell out of this tree.

02 November 2017
Dogs
Pet Care

So, yesterday I was looking at a dog in my exam room when I made a horrible statement that got me in a lot of trouble. After I said it, I got “The Look.”

31 October 2017
Pet Care

I find it very interesting when reading The Bible that there are two famous parables related to the same subject: that of something that was of value that was lost and then found.

10 July 2017
Tough Cases

Every day at Cumberland Valley we are asked to deal with dermal tumors of some nature. Of course, as a rule of thumb, the sooner you identify and remove a potentially life-threatening lesion or mass, the better the outcome would be expected. Still, sometimes factors get in the way of early identification and we are presented with much larger growths that prove hard to remove.

05 April 2017
Tough Cases

I believe it was Lord Byron that penned the phrase, “Truth is stranger than fiction,” which of course I have been saying wrong all along as, “Life is stranger than fiction.” Whichever saying you hold nearest and dearest to your heart, I would enjoy reinforcing your philosophy with one of the craziest veterinary stories I have had the pleasure and awe in dealing with lately. This is the story of Cookie, or as we like to call him, Zombie Dog.

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