Where are All the Farm Veterinarians?


| 5/13/2020 12:16:00 PM


Love them all 

But a farmer needs their animals, life would be dull without them. 

Where's My Doctor Pol?

By this time, you might have had the chance to see an episode of The Incredible Dr. Pol show. My question is: Where are all the Dr. Pols?

In recent years, many farm veterinarians have come and gone from our area. With each passing veterinarian, it has become increasingly hard to find the next. Is this a localized predicament, national dilemma, or a global issue? When first moving back to rural Northeast Ohio, we looked up our original doctor (Vet 1) from years ago and reestablished a relationship with him. After just two short years, we received a letter that he was retiring from large animals. However, he continued to see our goats as long as we brought them to him for the subsequent year. The cows were a different story, because bringing them to him was a complicated task. Therefore, we sold the cows that very year.



On to Veterinarian Number 2

Shortly after, we found a lovely young farm vet (Vet 2) who was born and raised in the area and had recently commenced taking over farm calls from a seasoned vet who had also started slowing down her large animal practice. We consulted with her for about a year until one day, a crisis arose and required her assistance. With messages left for her at the office, on the farm call emergency line, and even her cell phone with no response.





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