Posts by Melissa Wagner

Biosecurity protocols vital at livestock shows

Posted August 30, 2016

What do livestock shows and daycares have in common? Both are full of young, stressed individuals that are just waiting to infect each other with some sort of disease! This week, we had a four-month-old goat come into the hospital, in respiratory distress. After we quickly stabilized her, we learned from her owner that this goat had been to a show on the past weekend. Just like a toddler coming home from daycare, this...

Cool cases during a hot weather week

Posted August 5, 2016

It’s been a hot week up here in Eastern Ontario! The temperatures are well into the 30s with the added bonus of humidity and not a drop of rain in sight. I’ve been coming home in the evening just exhausted from being in the heat all day and I’m not the only one who the heat is taking its toll on – our patients are feeling it too! Our dairy producers have been trying to keep their cows cool by using large fans and sprinkler systems. Many stables are...

Exploring NEW Skills: Bovine Reproductive Ultrasound in dairy Cows

Posted July 22, 2016

I can’t believe that it’s July and I’m already through one week of my externship at Prescott Animal Hospital. It’s been a busy week and I’m learning so much! I have been spending my time on the road with the large animal vets, mainly treating horses and dairy cows (with a few alpacas, goats and Highland calves in the mix).   

Looking forward to spending time in rural Ontario learning more about veterinary medicine

Posted June 7, 2016

Summer time in Ontario is a glorious thing. Ever since I was a kid, all things animal related have engulfed my summers. My summers have been filled with working at my mom’s small animal hospital, horse shows, working with cattle on my family’s farm, camping with my dogs and all things in between.  Over the summers during my undergrad, I worked on a number of...