A career in veterinary medicine offers opportunities in a
wide variety of professional areas, including public health,
care of companion and food animals, government service,
research, and many others. A large percentage of veterinarians
also work in private clinical practice. No matter what
area of expertise, however, the link that bonds all veterinarians
is their ability and aptitude for problem solving and the
fact that they all thoroughly enjoy doing it.
Veterinarians want to know why.
This collection was selected from papers presented at a conference titled
“Veterinary Science, Disease and Livestock Economies,” which was organized
by the editors and held at St Antony’s College, Oxford, in June 2005.
The idea for the conference originated from our project, sponsored by the
Wellcome Trust, which explored the history of veterinary science at the
Onderstepoort Research Laboratories in South Africa during the first half
of the twentieth century.
With specific regard to large animal work, equine services now tend to be handled by
specialists, and farm animal work is considered to be in decline, with the latter prompting
particular concern. Indeed, significant changes to the farming sector (i.e. declining livestock
populations, a reduction in the number/size of farm holdings, new legislation and a radical
change in the relationship between government and veterinarians) mean that farm animal
veterinary practices now face significant competitive and sustainability issues. ...
I gratefully acknowledge the support and contributions of people
who have in some way helped me write this book. To begin with, my
parents, Gene and Dee Donnelly, inspired me to become a veterinarian,
and I decided early on to follow that career path in my father’s
footsteps. My parents instilled in me a passion for client service and
the human-pet bond; they taught me perseverance and gave me a
great many opportunities that have helped me succeed in life.
The boxed ad in the opportunities section of the Kardon Journal of Allied
Medical Sciences stood out like a cut diamond in a handful of gravel.
"Wanted," it read, "Veterinarian - for residency in active livestock operation.
Single recent graduate preferred. Quarters and service furnished.
Well-equipped hospital. Five-year contract, renewal option, starting
salary 15,000 cr./annum with periodic increases. State age, school, marital
status, and enclose recent tri-di with application. Address Box V-9, this