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POSTED: Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 6:50pm

UPDATED: Friday, September 3, 2010 - 10:27am

Large animal vets are becoming scarce nationwide

We talked to several veterinarians today and what we learned is - vets that care for livestock are beginning to be few and far between.

The problems vets are having is that caring for cattle costs a lot of money, it's hard work, and it's very risky.

It's risky because medicating animals that are part of the food chain - meaning animals that are eaten - is a very regulated process - one that shouldn't be taken lightly.

So some livestock owners are taking care into their own hands.

Some of the side effects that we see from folks doing home remedies is it ends up costing them more in the long run or ends up harming the animal because they end up delaying treatments and symptoms from what they're seeing and not the underlying cause.

- said Dr. James O'Bryan with Gresham Veterinary Center.

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I've known a few vets who suffered severe head or chest injuries from being kicked by cattle/horses. I don't blame them for getting out of it .

Having worked with vets and with large animals, we were told by vets that more money was to be made with dogs, cats etc. Too much travel, too unsafe, too unsafe facilities, no climate control,dangerous work and too many regulations with large animals. I once saw a truck load of milk poured out because they detected some medication in the milk. Milk in the U.S.A. is very, very safe. Dairymen and vets from America do an excellent job in providing the safest product that I know of.

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