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June 15, 2014

Third generation joins veterinary clinic

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PLATTSBURGH —

FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE

The aftermath of a devastating barn fire is one experience that he remembers vividly from when he was in middle school.

His father asked if he wanted to help, warning him that it would likely be an all-night venture. 

Glenn agreed, and they were at the farm until the wee hours of the morning.

He helped his father treat cattle that had suffered from burns, and joined volunteers rounding up the cows that had escaped the fire. 

“I spent a lot of time traipsing through the woods, helping people herd the cattle back.”

Years later, when he was a student of veterinary medicine at Cornell, he found himself relating the technical and scientific knowledge that he was gaining to the firsthand experience that he had had since childhood.

CURIOUS COWS

Glenn has a special interest in dairy cows and herd management. 

“Cows are curious creatures that are fun to work with," he said. "It can take a little bit of time for them to warm up to you and explore the situation; they’re a little timid — but they are curious.”

These interests are also part of the family tradition. His grandfather was a state veterinarian with responsibilities that included testing cattle for tuberculosis and vaccinating them against a disease called brucellosis. 

“He was part of the contingent that has helped greatly reduced the prevalence of these diseases in the United States; both are of concern to human health as well, not to mention that they’re economically devastating to dairy herds,” Glenn said.

'UNIQUE BOND'

George, too, has enjoyed his work with dairy farms, citing what he calls the “unique bond between farmer and veterinarian, built on mutual respect.”

The bond is such that nonverbal communication often develops. 

“Each knows what the other thinks, and you do what’s expected of you — which might be different from farm to farm, owner to owner.”

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