March 29, 2012
Lt. Governor Phil Scott continued his Vermont Everyday Jobs tour today, spending a morning making “house calls” with Dr. Alison Cornwall, a large-animal veterinarian working in Central Vermont.
Their itinerary for the morning’s work included a horse barn in Montpelier, a goat dairy in Cabot, and an alpaca farm in Middlesex.
At the Saudek horse farm, Dr. Cornwall had the Lt. Governor’s assistance in examining, vaccinating, and giving dental exams to a couple of horses. Lt. Governor Scott also learned how to disbud, or remove horns, from baby goats at their second stop at the Rockwell Farm in Cabot. Their final stop was at the Hall alpaca farm in Middlesex, where Lt. Governor Scott assisted in a few male alpaca castrations.
Lt. Gov. Scott works with Dr. Alison Cornwall (in blue vest) to castrate "Pema," a 1.5-year-old male alpaca,
at the farm of Susan Atwell Hall (in plaid jacket) in Middlesex.
Photos courtesy of Jeannette Wulff of the Middlesex Newspaper.
“It was a really interesting experience,” said Lt. Governor Scott. “Each ‘Everyday Job’ generates information that I can bring back to Montpelier, and this visit showed me how much our state needs capable large-animal vets like Dr. Cornwall.”
According to the Vermont Veterinary Medicine Association, veterinary medicine as a whole employs nearly 1,200 Vermonters. However, the large-animal veterinary industry in particular is facing a current shortage of doctors. Last year, the Legislature and the Governor enacted a loan forgiveness program for large-animal vets, with the hope that more young Vermonters would study veterinary medicine and help fill this need.
“With more Vermonters choosing to raise their own animals for meat and produce, having regular and timely access to veterinary services will be essential to protecting the safety of our food supply,” said Lt. Governor Scott. “It’s an important investment.”
“I’m really grateful that Lt. Governor Scott took the time to make these calls with me today and to experience what’s happening in Vermont agriculture,” said Dr. Cornwall. “I was also surprised at how hands-on he is. In addition to talking about policy issues, the Lt. Governor was also able to repair the igniter on my butane burner, which unexpectedly quit on me as we were disbudding the baby goats. All in all, I truly appreciate having him along today.”
Source: Office of the Lieutenant Governor
Last Updated at: March 29, 2012 11:57:38