I am putting this post because I honestly don't know where else to put it. I have read several articles and there was one just recently in our local paper about livestock vets disapearing. In todays age most students opt to be small animal vets. The days of the James Herriot farm vets are beginning to be the thing of the past. The article went on to say most livestock vets are nearing the retirement age and there is no demand to fill their shoes. I have also read that most farm vets don't get paid as well, work in pretty bad conditions(ie muddy fields, damp barns and etc.), and are at risk to get injured more(as most of them work on animals that can weigh about 1000 lbs). The hours are also horrendous. Most say it doesn't pay to be a livestock vet as most farmers don't have the money to spend on elaborate surgeries or meds. It seems the only livestock most were willing to fork over the big bucks were horses. I see this as a really bad delemina for the future. You really have to have the love and desire to be a livestock vet. Some government agencies are willing to pay vet exspenses for young people to become farrm vets. How is the livestock vet ratio in your area? And do you have this delemia there. Here in s.w. Mich it is very bad.