Tools of the Trade

Tools of the Trade

A 14 week old boxer puppy presented with 2 weeks of right rear leg pain. He was partial weight bearing, worse after exercise and had mild but definite swelling on the back of his hock (ankle). This area was painful, although I could flex and extend his hock with...
Those who ignore history…

Those who ignore history…

I recently was reminded of the importance of a good history in the diagnostic workup. A hamster presented with a recent eye injury. Now I approach “pocket pets” just like dogs and cats: thorough husbandry, diet, and health history questions, a complete...
My First Real Emergency

My First Real Emergency

“The definition of an emergency is when you don’t have time to refer to your emergency manual.” This piece of wisdom was handed on to me the day before a very distressed Yorkie presented to the Cornell Veterinary Emergency Service. I was the on-duty...
Why I became a Veterinarian

Why I became a Veterinarian

As I was growing up, James Herriott’s stories of the life of a British veterinary surgeon provided romantic inspiration for becoming a veterinarian. The mentorship of Robert Brown, a softspoken and wise veterinarian further fanned that flame. My chemistry...
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