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Doc Tales
August 15, 2018 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
Some of the funniest things happen when irate people interact with disinterested "authority" figures. Following an announcement that her flight was delayed for yet the fourth time, I...
Doc Tales
August 8, 2018 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
Overheard at the National Pork Board Swine Health Committee meeting: "I don't know about you all, but I don't like standing around the farrowing room getting hit in the face with a...
Doc Tales
July 25, 2018 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
Two AASV members were recently overheard extolling the virtues of exercise. One noted, "It's not exercise until your nose bleeds, you get a headache and it shows up on social media!" It...
Doc Tales
July 18, 2018 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
A colleague recently shared the following profound statement from one of our esteemed veterinary diagnosticians referencing the importance of conducting a necropsy: "A dead sow is a gift, you...
Doc Tales
July 11, 2018 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
Dr. Ron Brodersen offers this week's Doc Tales which he came across in a newspaper article from 1970. "A Pearl of Wisdom -- Give a pig and a boy everything they want. You'll get a good pig and a...
Doc Tales
June 20, 2018 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
In honor of the first day of summer, I thought I would bestow a little knowledge on you (after all, that is the mission of AASV). Do you know why it's harder to keep your drink cold on a humid day?...
Doc Tales
May 30, 2018 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
Dr. Paul Armbrecht recently visited his soon to be 99 years young father and shared the following tidbits of wisdom his father bestowed upon him: "Your fences need to be horse high, pig tight,...
Doc Tales
May 23, 2018 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
We just completed the AASV Program Planning Committee meeting for the 2019 AASV Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL. The group gathered was energetic, thoughtful, informed and excited. I think they have...
Doc Tales
May 9, 2018 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
Having just spent a day talking with our Congressional representatives, I'm reminded of the following quote by Jon Stewart: "If con is the opposite of pro, then isn't Congress the opposite of...
Doc Tales
May 2, 2018 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
Peggy Anne Hawkins shared this week's Doc Tales from a 2007 article in the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association newsletter. Two patients limp into two different medical clinics with the same...
Doc Tales
April 25, 2018 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
Overheard at a recent dinner meeting, "I'm all about poop!" Swine producers say the strangest things. I was told this statement would stand on its own without any further context. We'll...
Doc Tales
April 11, 2018 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
A lawyer from a lobbying firm in DC relayed the following story during the recent Swine Veterinarian Public Policy Advocacy Program's first training session. A Washington, DC Councilman showed up at...
Doc Tales
April 4, 2018 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
I'm going to call this Doc Tales "Meeting Expectations". The following story was recounted during the recent meeting of the AASV Board of Directors and is an example of generational differences. On...
Doc Tales
March 28, 2018 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
During dinner at the recent AASV Annual Meeting, a distressed dieting member was overheard to exclaim, "this pizza was sent here to destroy me!"...
Doc Tales
March 21, 2018 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
Dr. Doug King sent along this snippet of wisdom taken from Clinical Microbiology Bugs & Drugs written by Thea Brennan-Krohn:"When it comes to diagnostic testing, more is not always better. It...
Doc Tales
March 14, 2018 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
This week's quote comes from Dr. Judi Bell, retiring JSHAP editor. While reflecting on her experience working with a certain AASV staff member (whose lack of attention to detail is only eclipsed by...
Doc Tales
March 7, 2018 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
While standing in the dessert line at this year's AASV Annual Meeting in San Diego, one veterinarian was overheard saying, "It's ok, I brought the spanx." I think for my own safety it's...
Doc Tales
February 28, 2018 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
This week's Doc Tales was sent in by Cpt. Maryn Ptaschinski while on Army duty in preparation for her unit's upcoming deployment. She came to the realization that, "you know your life has taken...
Doc Tales
February 21, 2018 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
A recent economic analysis out of Cornell showed tremendous returns on investment for research in the swine industry -- a 1% increase in farm production research increases producer profits by $10.76...
Doc Tales
January 31, 2018 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
In another in our "out-of-the-mouths-of-babes" series comes this gem from Dr. Wesley Lyons. He relates the following story from church just before Christmas: During the service of Lessons...
Doc Tales
January 24, 2018 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
If you're in search of life lessons, here are a couple from Dr. Paul Armbrecht's 98 year-old father: "Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment!!"...
Doc Tales
January 16, 2018 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
Last week's Doc Tales recounting an "out of the mouths of babes" story apparently struck home with a number of you. I received the following stories from prominent members of our...
Doc Tales
January 3, 2018 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
A quote for New Year's Day: "It's not a hangover, it's wine flu."...
Doc Tales
December 20, 2017 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
Dr. Shamus Brown related the following "Christmas" tale. "I was at the ISU CVM yesterday talking with one of the bovine practitioners and asked how his own cattle were doing. His reply was,...
Doc Tales
December 13, 2017 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
This week, I'm highlighting a couple of words of wisdom provided to me by Russ Nugent. I call these Nugent's Nuggets.Anyone with outside livestock on any size acreage of land will agree: "There...
Doc Tales
December 6, 2017 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
As regular readers of Doc Tales, you know I normally use this space to offer a little levity or inspiration. But this week I sincerely need your help on a serious professional topic. I recently...
Doc Tales
November 29, 2017 —  [OP-ED]
Chris Rademacher recently shared the following quote that he attributes to Rodger Main's father-in-law: "The answer is money, now what's the question?" Chris noted that the quote is...
Doc Tales
November 22, 2017 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
"God determined, if you have the perfect head, there is no need for hair," the late Dr. David Schoneweis as recounted by Dr. Steve Henry....
Doc Tales
November 15, 2017 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
Dr. Paul Armbrecht shared the following wisdom from his 98 year old father: "Is the S or the C silent in scent??" "Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you!!"...
Doc Tales
November 8, 2017 — Harry Snelson [OP-ED]
This Saturday is Veterans Day. I am reminded of a couple of quotes I've heard over the years regarding our military. The first is attributed to an unnamed German General during a post-war debriefing....

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