Christmases in the Army

D. E. Larsen, DVM “Company D, Private Drake speaking, can I help you,” Bill answered the phone on a snowy Christmas Eve in 1965. Bill and I were pulling CQ duty for Company D, a duty company for troops waiting for school at Fort Devens. We were a couple of lucky ones; we were permanentContinue reading “Christmases in the Army”

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

D. E. Larsen, DVM My first experience with a sick pig occurred during my senior year in vet school. At Colorado State University, we would only see an occasional pig. If you were not in a midwestern school, your swine medicine instruction came mostly from the book. During one of my weeks on night duty,Continue reading “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”

Grandpa’s Hog Snare

D. E. Larsen, DVM    The first large boar I castrated was quite an event for me. I had been told of a good anesthesia technique that sounded pretty simple. “Inject 5 grams of Surital (Thiamylal) into one testicle. When the boar falls over, open the scrotum and clamp the cord of the injected testicle.Continue reading “Grandpa’s Hog Snare”

The Dreaded Pox

D. E. Larsen, DVM “Gary, let me look at that sore again,” Mom said to my brother as he was getting ready for school one Spring morning. Gary had a blister-like sore that had developed on the back of his hand. After a couple of days, it had scabbed over and was not bothering himContinue reading “The Dreaded Pox”