Horses were never my thing

So many of my friends in veterinary school had grown up riding – ponies, dressage, jumping events. They were comfortable around horses in a way I never would be. I learned enough to be able to do the basic veterinary care but never had any confidence. The high...

Veterinary Meetings – then and now

I went to my first veterinary conference in 1979. It was the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, where I was looking forward to some solid continuing education, and hoped to meet other large animal veterinarians as friends and colleagues. I walked into my...

Dr. Mary Smith – a pioneer

Dr. Mary Smith was a mentor of mine. She taught ambulatory medicine, which was Cornell’s term for what at Penn we called Field Service – going out to farm calls.  This is from a Cornell news publication. Cornell was known in those days to admitting only...

Getting to a Real Book: Publishing

Book Update This project has been a long time in the works – I first took a memoir writing course back in 2006. Now I have a close to final draft, and am crafting a book proposal for my agent to shop around to publishers hopefully starting after labor day. Why a...

Women’s Veterinary Association

Dr. Mary Knight Dunlap graduated from Michigan State University in 1933. With a desire to support and share experiences with other women in the field, Dr. Dunlap began outreach that resulted in her founding the Women’s Veterinary Association in August 1947. She wrote...

Women Veterinarians in Utah

When I was an intern at Utah State University in 1978-79, there were no women veterinarians on the faculty. After the internship, I joined a local large animal practice focused on dairy cows whose practice area extended up into Gem Valley in Idaho. I believed I was...