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Veterinarian Shortage Leaves Rural Livestock Vulnerable

A calf is restrained before receiving his first checkup. He’ll be branded, vaccinated and castrated. (photo credit: Esther Honig/Harvest Public Media)

In rural towns across America there’s a shortage of veterinarians. The pay is low, the hours long and fewer of these professionals want to live where there are more cows than people. But as Harvest Public Media’s Esther Honig reports, a lack of vets leaves farmers, and our food supply, vulnerable to devastating outbreaks.

For more stories about agriculture and rural issues, visit the Harvest Public Media website


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