A Tale for Three Counties Talk by Veterinarian Dr. Keith Carlson
Dr. Carlson visited GCC on Thursday, March 8 to present a talk on "A Day in the Life: Tales from a Large Animal Veterinarian" as part of this year's A Tale for Three Counties events related to this year's book selection The Call, by Yannick Murphy. The talk was live at the Batavia campus and was streamed to the Dansville Campus Center.
Dr. Carlson's talk was well-attended by 40 students, faculty, staff, and community members. He told the group about growing up on a small family farm that raised beef and pigs in Louisville, NE Ohio and about how he ended up becoming a veterinarian.
He took the group from the start of his day, describing the dashboard of his truck, which is his travelling office, and needs to be stocked with everything he might need during the day’s rounds, for both the expected and unexpected services. He’s logged 400,000 miles in ten years in that truck. He talked about the “huge variety” of routine reproductive services, preventative health care and the surgical and medical cases that he handles on a day to day basis, and all of the technical aspects and housing, food safety, cow comfort, of his job.
Dr. Carlson emphasized the pleasures “developing lasting relationships” with the owners, managers and workers at both small and large farms, and how these personal relationships develop because of their close and frequent interactions – dairy vets see their patients monthly if not at weekly visits, unlike small animal vets. He also spoke about his many great mentors over the years, and how very much he now enjoys and how “very rewarding” mentoring young veterinarians and mentoring and learning from students from all over the country, and from Canada, Ireland, Germany, England, Columbia, Austria and other countries, as well as 4H local children.
Library Director Nina Warren presented Dr. Carlson with a cougar-themed thank you gift.