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VETERINARIAN SHORTAGE
(2008-01-28)
(wgvu) - THE STATE'S VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION SAYS
MORE THAN HALF OF THE STATE'S LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARIANS ARE
APPROACHING RETIREMENT AND THEY ARE NOT BEING REPLACED.
THE LOOMING SHORTAGE CONCERNS THE FIELD'S EXPERTS. THEY SAY THAT
COULD MEAN FEWER PEOPLE MONITORING AND TREATING ANIMALS FOR
DISEASES THAT AFFECT FOOD QUALITY.
IT'S ALREADY HARD FOR STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE OFFICIALS
TO FIND VETS TO MONITOR CATTLE HERDS FOR BOVINE TUBERCULOSIS.
STATE VETERINARIAN STEVE HALSTEAD SAYS DEER CARRY BOVINE TB AND
CAN INFECT CATTLE THROUGH SHARED WATER SUPPLIES. HUMANS WHO DRINK
THE MILK OR EAT THE MEAT OF INFECTED ANIMALS ALSO CAN CONTRACT THE
POTENTIALLY DEADLY DISEASE.
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