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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...
Doc Tales
January 2, 2019 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday and got to spend some quality time with family and friends. Like many others, I found myself on a plane recently with folks traveling to Christmas destinations...
Doc Tales
December 12, 2018 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
Ok. Last week's Doc Tales garnered BY FAR the most responses I have ever received to any article in e-Letter. Not sure what that says except that we are a passionate group regarding proper brat...
Doc Tales
December 5, 2018 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
Normally I try to make Doc Tales an uplifting middle-of-the-week pick me up. But, this week something so offensive and shocking came to my attention that I just feel compelled to use this forum to...
Doc Tales
November 28, 2018 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
The following was overheard at a recent emergency response meeting with USDA. After giving an impassioned speech decrying the prolonged movement of cull sows through the slaughter channels, a...
Doc Tales
November 21, 2018 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
Given that it is a holiday week, I slacked off and borrowed the following Thanksgiving Day quote from Jay Leno: "You can tell you ate too much for Thanksgiving when you have to let your bathrobe...
Doc Tales
November 7, 2018 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
Dr. Paul Armbrecht's father recently celebrated his 99th birthday in his normal fashion - by soundly beating Paul at cribbage! Repeatedly. In the process, he also attempted to bestow some...
Doc Tales
October 31, 2018 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
Upon seeing the following headline, "Waddell falls down 100-foot mine shaft, kills 3 rattlesnakes, survives 2 days before rescue," I immediately contacted Dr. John Waddell to express my...
Doc Tales
October 17, 2018 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
During the recent AASV Board of Directors meeting, the topic of obituaries came up. I told Sue that when I die I'd like her to list my passing in e-Letter's People on the Move to which Tom Burkgren...
Doc Tales
October 10, 2018 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
Ok. I messed up. For those of you that regularly read this column, last week's quote would have been a really good one if I'd actually gotten it right. I was lamenting the decline in quality...

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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