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Doc Tales
November 13, 2019 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
The origin of Doc Tales was the opportunity to share some humorous or profound statements overheard at various meetings. This week, I'm going to return to those roots. I recently attended the US...
Doc Tales
November 6, 2019 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
I recently attended a meeting involving a recap of the national African swine fever exercise held a few weeks ago. USDA was describing the involvement of the diagnosticians at the Plum Island Animal...
Doc Tales
October 30, 2019 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
Ok, I missed a couple of weeks so I'm going to make up for it with an exchange between Sue Schulteis in the AASV office and Kent Schwartz at the ISU VDL. This one is just for the geeks in all of us....
Doc Tales
October 9, 2019 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
During a recent discussion on depopulation methods, the point was made that, "you just don't come back from 410 volts."...
Doc Tales
October 2, 2019 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
October is National Dental Hygiene month. According to the American Dental Association, you should brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. As my pappy used to say, "It's better to floss...
Doc Tales
September 11, 2019 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
I took a little vacation time this week to attend a conference put on by a hobbyist group to which I have belonged for many years. Having never before attended their annual conference, I had no idea...
Doc Tales
September 4, 2019 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
As I write this, Hurricane Dorian is bearing down on North Carolina. It occurred to me earlier today as I was shopping for survival supplies that people in NC don't need meteorologists to forecast...
AASV Member Publishes Book
August 21, 2019 —  [OP-ED]
Long time AASV member Dr. Gregg BeVier has just published a new paperback, Prescriptive Thoughts for an Enriched Life. I just finished reading it last night. It is a short read, but it is very...
Doc Tales
July 31, 2019 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
A couple of weeks ago, Doc Tales celebrated the 50-year anniversary of the moon landing by revisiting Neil Armstrong's famous quote, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for...
Doc Tales
July 17, 2019 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Neil Armstrong, July 20, 1969 from the surface of the moon....
Doc Tales
July 3, 2019 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
Ok, this week it's a two-fer. It's a holiday week and the 30th anniversary of arguably the funniest sitcom in television history -- Seinfeld. As a matter of fact, I'm retracting the word...
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Doc Tales
June 19, 2019 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
As I bumble through (I mean navigate) the challenges of my new position as Executive Director at AASV, I'm comforted by the realization that over the years I've learned so much from my mistakes that...
Doc Tales
June 5, 2019 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
Dr. Chris Deegan, veterinarian with Suidae, shares this week's Doc Tales. Following a lengthy "conversation" with one of his clients, the client stepped out of the room. He returned a few...
Ode to Tom from Staff
May 29, 2019 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
In charge of AASVSince 1994.It really fit to a teeAnd was never a bore. The secret of his success,He was oft heard to say,Is to always hire good folks,And stay out of their way. Though he never...
Doc Tales
May 22, 2019 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
We recently met with a group of USDA researchers to discuss the importance of swine research and offer some input regarding topics of importance to swine producers and veterinarians. One of the...
Doc Tales
May 8, 2019 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
I was recently visiting with a group of our AASV leadership and the topic of how the AASV demographics have changed over the years came up. In an effort to emphasize the impact the increase in female...
Doc Tales
April 24, 2019 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
After work on a recent Friday, I happened to bump into one of our colleagues leaving the office. She seemed uncharacteristically harried causing me to ask where she was headed in such a rush. Her...
Doc Tales
April 3, 2019 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
I have an annual physical coming up in a couple of weeks. Stop laughing, that's not the funny part. In order to prepare, I decided I should start working out a little so I at least wouldn't get...
Doc Tales
March 20, 2019 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
I'm sure many of you noticed the signs around the hotel in Orlando warning about the presence of alligators. This led to a discussion I overheard regarding how to tell the difference between an...
Doc Tales
March 13, 2019 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
Well, we just wrapped up the 50th anniversary of the AASV at the 2019 Annual Meeting in Orlando. I always look forward to the annual meeting for the educational presentations, camaraderie, networking...
Doc Tales
March 6, 2019 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
As an extension to last week's Doc Tales, a colleague offered the following extrapolation: "...And when someone offers you a breath mint, take it!" That's the true life lesson, I imagine....
Doc Tales
February 27, 2019 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
I was recently at a meeting with one of the leaders of our association who is renowned for his wisdom and continuous mentoring. Upon hearing me complain that I was hungry because I passed up a...
Doc Tales
February 20, 2019 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
Some words of wisdom this week. Here's a couple provided by Dr. Paul Armbrecht. The first from his 99 year young father: "It's but little good you'll do a-waterin' last year's crop." And,...
From the Director of Communications
February 13, 2019 — Abbey Canon [OP-ED]
Following Dr. Harry Snelson's 1,500 plus weekly AASV e-Letters, I want to take a spot in my first e-Letter to thank him for his many years of service as Director of Communications, and his years to...
Doc Tales
February 13, 2019 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
The following story was recently relayed to me. "Some time ago, I attended a meeting of university researchers. They were having a fairly spirited "discussion" of proper scientific...
Welcome Dr. Abbey Canon
February 6, 2019 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
After 13 years of compiling the e-Letter every week, this will be my last byline as Director of Communications. I have the distinct pleasure to turn that duty over to AASV's new Director of...
Doc Tales
February 6, 2019 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
Following my confession last week regarding my hotel key incident, a number of you relayed similar tales such as this one. "Some 25 years ago I was travelling around the USA seeing pig farms. My...
Doc Tales
January 30, 2019 —  [OP-ED]
I recently had a series of meetings back to back which required a string of stays in multiple hotels in a variety of cities. On about the third meeting, I checked into the hotel and went up to the...
Doc Tales
January 23, 2019 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
One of our colleagues recently relayed the following Christmas story to me, which I thought was really typical for kids of food animal parents. It involves her 3 year-old son. Two of his favorite...

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Category abbreviations: AASV=Membership information, announcements, and other information from the American Association of Swine Veterinarians; Abs.=Abstracts from journal articles of general interest to swine veterinarians.; ALERT=Used to create email alerts; An.H.=Animal Health; Conf.=Conference announcements and other continuing education opportunities; FAD="Foreign" Animal Disease and other news most significant to regions outside of North America.; Food=Food Safety; Gov.=Information about legislation, regulations, and rulemaking that may affect the swine industry or swine veterinarians.; Hum.H.=Human health; Ind.=News from the pork industry, including NPPC and Pork Board activities.; International=Information regarding swine health and production internationally.; Jobs=Position announcements, primarily seeking swine veterinarians.; Meet=Provides a short synopsis of meetings of importance to swine veterinarians.; News=Agriculture related news events.; Nutr.=Swine nutrition; OP-ED=Opinion or editorial articles expressing the thoughts of individual Association members.; Pharm.=Pharmaceuticals and biologicals; PRRS=Articles from the AASV PRRS Task Force; Practice=Information associated with practice management or development.; Research=Research topics of interest to swine veterinarians.; Students=Information of interest to AASV student members.; USDA=US Dept. of Agriculture activities of interest to swine veterinarians.; Welfare=Animal welfare issues