Soaking in the Knowledge

I can’t believe it is already March 2013, wow time has flown by! During spring break I had the opportunity to shadow a vet from the Worthington Veterinary Medical Center. With her I visited a few different locations learning more about:
Calf care, performing ketone tests after drawing blood samples from cows, mastitis caused by Prototheca – an algae, different strains of bacteria that cause calf scours and their characteristics, and discussed some trends in the use of antibiotics and of course there was much more. I always enjoy visiting with veterinarians because they are so knowledgable!

This past week I shadowed vets from the Dell Rapids Vet Clinic.  During my time there I learned about:
Transition cow management, the 4DX snap test, helped deliver a baby lamb, helped euthanize a dog in pain, examined microscope slides from a dog with a yeast skin infection. I also got to visit with the head vet of the clinic about resumes and what kind of experiences are most valuable and when you should be attaining the needed skills to be a vet.  All of the vets and folks at the clinic have so much knowledge!  It’s a privilege having the opportunity to shadow some great veterinarians!  I always look forward to shadowing! 

As far as what I have been up to with the dairy, my family and I stay busy as usual doing the daily chores and various projects.  Though I am only home on the weekends I visit with my dad and brother throughout the week about happenings on the dairy.  This past week we had a two new heifers born!  The mothers are doing well and so are the two new additions to the herd.  With the cold weather we have been bedding the cattle more and more and hope that spring is just around the corner!  The Holstein cows have been producing 83 pounds of milk a day.  When I come home on the weekends some of the things I that do include keeping up to date on the vaccinations of calves, bed cattle, feed cattle, site clean-up, and milk the cows.  I also like to put my skills of observation to the test by walking through our different pens trying to pick up any abnormal behaviors that could mean an animals needs treatment.  There is a never ending to-do list around the farm, but we chip away at it one day at a time!

Lastly, I am thankful for each day the good Lord grants me.  So, I leave you with a quote and a verse, The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice and be glad.  Psalm 118:24  

Everyday is a good day to be a sponge, as in soak it all in because today is only going to happen once!  After all you can never soak up too much knowledge! 

Learn more about the 4DX snap test: http://www.idexx.com/view/xhtml/en_us/smallanimal/inhouse/snap/4dx.jsf?SSOTOKEN=0

Learn more about ketosis, why we test for ketones in cows: http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/index.jsp?cfile=htm/bc/80900.htm

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