The Bite of the Chigger

D. E. Larsen, DVM I came to the end of the gravel on this side road off of Pleasant Valley Road. There was just a dirt path in front of me. I say path because it would probably not meet any criteria to qualify as a road. I took a deep breath and continued on,Continue reading “The Bite of the Chigger”

Fort Dix Transfer Company, December 1967

D. E. Larsen, DVM I set my B-4 bag down on the walkway while I adjusted my collar and straightened my tie. I buttoned my coat. My uniform didn’t fit well after gaining 15 pounds on my 45 day leave at home following Korea. With a deep breath, I climbed the steps and entered theContinue reading “Fort Dix Transfer Company, December 1967”

The System is Made to Work

D. E. Larsen, DVM “Doc, I have a young heifer down in the barn,” Rob said into the phone. “She is awake and staining, almost like she is in labor, but nothing is happening, and she isn’t much over a year old.” At least she is in a barn, I thought as I looked outContinue reading “The System is Made to Work”

Always have Rabies at the Top of Your List

D. E. Larsen, DVM “We have a cow coming in this morning for Necropsy,” Dr. Norrdin said. “The ambulatory people have been treating this cow all week, and it died this morning.” “It should be a good time for it, we don’t have anything in the cooler to work on,” I said. “This cow diedContinue reading “Always have Rabies at the Top of Your List”

All the Better to See You With

D. E. Larsen, DVM RC was a big orange tabby cat. I had first treated RC for a severe fracture of a hind leg when he fell from a tree. Repair of that fracture required a pin and many wires, plus four weeks of cage rest. He was a friendly cat but displayed utter self-confidenceContinue reading “All the Better to See You With”