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Showing only stories from the OP-ED category: Opinion or editorial articles expressing the thoughts of individual Association members. -- show all categories

Doc Tales
September 20, 2017 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
Dr. Shamus Brown provided the following: While visiting the ISU CVM, he found himself talking with one of the bovine practitioners. Shamus asked how his own cattle were doing and he responded,...
Doc Tales
September 13, 2017 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
"60% of all statistics are made up on the spot." - Justin Rumford, rodeo clown at the Tri-State Rodeo. What are the chances of hearing that at a rodeo??...
Doc Tales
September 6, 2017 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
In recognition of International Bacon Day (which was September 2) I offer the following thoughts: "Bacon is the meat candy of the world!" - Katy Perry"Bacon is the gateway drug for...
Doc Tales – Labor Day Edition
August 30, 2017 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
Given the upcoming Labor Day holiday, I thought I'd share a couple of Labor Day oriented Tales. The first is thought provoking: "If a train station is where the train stops, and a bus station is...
Doc Tales
August 9, 2017 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
This week's Doc Tales is profound in its simplicity. Josh Ellingson reminds us, "Don't feed back the bad stuff."...
Doc Tales
August 2, 2017 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
Dr. Paul Armbrecht provided the following bits of advice from his 97 year old father: "Always drink upstream from the herd" and "Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he's too old to...
Doc Tales
July 26, 2017 —  [OP-ED]
I recently attended a meeting to discuss emergency preparedness. The small group of attendees included producer representatives from both the swine and cattle industries. During a break, the...
Doc Tales
July 18, 2017 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
A number of years ago, NPPC teamed with AASV to develop the Swine Veterinarians Public Policy Advocacy Program to train AASV members about advocacy efforts in Washington, DC. Over 60 of our members...
Doc Tales
July 12, 2017 —  [OP-ED]
Thanks to everyone who heeded my call last week for new Doc Tales submissions. I received a wide variety and some made me chuckle. So, keep 'em coming -- if you overhear something funny or know a...
Doc Tales
July 5, 2017 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
I hope everyone enjoyed their July 4th holiday. Given the good excuse for a party, I thought this might be a good opportunity to relate a couple of comments our members were recently overheard...
Doc Tales
June 28, 2017 —  [OP-ED]
As I am sure you are aware, during the month of June a number of countries celebrated Fashion Week 2017. I didn't realize how fashion conscious swine veterinarians are until I overheard one AASV...
Doc Tales
June 21, 2017 —  [OP-ED]
Russ Nugent offers the following profound observation: "Dog hair sticks to everything but the dog."...
Doc Tales
June 14, 2017 —  [OP-ED]
"If sense is so common, why don't more people have it?" Unknown...
Doc Tales
June 7, 2017 —  [OP-ED]
The following was a group compilation overheard in the Pork Board tent at World Pork Expo: "I went to Expo and all I got was tongue!" To fully understand, you should have been at Expo. We...
Doc Tales
May 31, 2017 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
With the AASV salary survey currently underway, I thought some comments from an employee and employer perspective might be apropos this week. An employee, who asked to remain anonymous for obvious...
Doc Tales
May 24, 2017 —  [OP-ED]
"I got a face full of rabies out of hole number 2." Dana Beckler summarizing Jeff Okones recounting his experience trying to take the brain out of a cow with a hose. It's a cautionary...
Doc Tales
May 17, 2017 —  [OP-ED]
First off, let me apologize for missing Doc Tales the last couple of weeks -- and boy did I hear about it! It seems to be a hit (at least among the fun crowd). I need some inspiration though, so if...
Are We being Hoodwinked Again?
October 21, 2015 — David Burch [OP-ED]
Danmap 2015 has just been published and have also found that ‘consumption of meat may currently be considered an insignificant source for the human infections’ of E. coli carrying Extended...
PED – Plenty of Blame to Go Around
May 21, 2014 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
[This article originally appeared in the May/June issue of JSHAP. I was encouraged to reprint it in e-Letter as well. Your comments are welcome.] Even as bad as it is, porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED)...
ISU & Spray Dried Plasma Producers Respond
January 13, 2010 —  [OP-ED]
Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine (ISU CVM) and the North American Spray Dried Blood and Plasma Producers (NASDBPP) wish to submit a clarification statement regarding an article...
Screwworm Imported into Mississippi
October 3, 2007 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
USDA is reporting a case of new world screwworm (Cochliomyia hominivorax) in Mississippi in a dog imported from Trinidad and Tobago. This is the first occurrence of screwworm in the U.S. since 1982....
Some Observations Regarding the FMD Outbreak in the UK
September 26, 2007 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
As I've watched events unfold in England with regards to the recent Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak, I'm struck by a couple of issues that I think deserve further consideration as USDA and the...
Time for united position on animal welfare (commentary)
July 24, 2007 — Stanley Curtis, Temple Grandin and John McGlone [OP-ED]
The following is a commentary which appeared in the July 23rd issue of Feedstuffs regarding a common stance on farm animal welfare from three leading experts investigating these issues. I thought it...
McOrist and Done Report on Recent Visit to China
November 29, 2006 — Steven McOrist and Stan Done [OP-ED]
AASV members Dr. Steven McOrist and Dr. Stan Done recently visited several veterinary centers and farms in China. They provided the following article describing today's swine production in China and...
Opinion: The Veterinarian's Role in Residue Avoidance
August 2, 2006 — Bernie Curran, Steve Henry, Jim McKean, David Reeves, John Waddell [OP-ED]
Failure of the U.S. pork industry to understand and comply with changes in the Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) recently announced by the Japanese Government poses a clear risk to the U.S. pork...

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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