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LET’S RODEO SAN ANTONIO!

LET’S RODEO SAN ANTONIO! I spent two of my weekends this February driving back to my hometown to take part in the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. This year was different as I had the unique opportunity to shadow with Dr. Ben Espy, the official Rodeo Veterinarian. He has the responsibility of caring for not only the animal athletes that will perform in the AT&T Center but also for over 25,000 animals that are part of the livestock show. Additionally he oversees the secure collection of urine samples from winning animals to ensure that illegal drugs and hormones were not used. Luckily Dr. Espy has two fourth year vet students from Texas A&M, Megan Kirkland and Ashley Stricklin, who are a huge help to him. For the duration of the rodeo the fourth years live on the grounds in the vet clinic, often handling late night calls. The attitude towards veterinarians at these events is often tense - especially when dealing with livestock. Students (and their parents) have spent consider... (Read More)