VCS Faculty at the Ready at Tippecanoe Co. 4-H Fair

July 22, 2016

Dr. Jonathan Townsend is at the ready with the Dairy Herd Health Vet Truck to respond to emergencies that might arise at the Tippecanoe County 4-H Fair.

Dr. Jonathan Townsend is at the ready with the Dairy Herd Health Vet Truck to respond to emergencies that might arise at the Tippecanoe County 4-H Fair.

Lafayette-area 4-H members showing animals at the annual Tippecanoe County 4-H Fair this week have had the benefit of the presence of several faculty members from Purdue Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.  The animal shows featuring species ranging from beef, dairy cattle, swine, sheep and horses, to rabbits, cats, dogs and pocket pets, are a big part of the fair, which began Saturday, July 16 at the Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds in Lafayette. 

Faculty members involved with the Veterinary Teaching Hospital ambulatory units brought their VTH trucks to the fairgrounds to be ready to respond in the event of any emergencies. Dr. Jonathan Townsend, clinical assistant professor of dairy production medicine and director of extension programs, has daughters who show goats and dairy cattle, and said he makes sure to have the vet truck with him to help if emergencies arise. “I figure it provides a quick response and saves us from trying to track down somebody in case of emergency,” he explained.  Also on-hand were Dr. Bethany Funnell, clinical assistant professor of bovine theriogenology, and Dr. Darryl Ragland, associate professor of food animal production medicine and production medicine section head, who brought the swine ambulatory truck.

Additionally, Equine Community Practice was available to take care of any equine related emergencies, as well as to help with some blood draws in support of the PVM Clinical Pathology Service.   Those involved included: Dr. Teresa Buchheit, clinical assistant professor of equine ambulatory practice; Dr. Amanda Farr, clinical assistant professor of equine community practice; Dr. Tim Lescun, associate professor of large animal surgery; and Kyle Clever, RVT, equine community practice technologist. 

A number of other PVM faculty and staff and their families also could be found at the fair, as volunteers, with family members who are 4-H’ers, and as visitors enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes.  Thanks to everyone who helped represent Purdue Veterinary Medicine at the Tippecanoe County Fair!  The week-long event officially concludes tomorrow (Saturday, July 23).

Writer: Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu


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