After Glenn graduated from Cornell, he began working as a veterinarian and herd manager at a large dairy farm in central New York. He was interested in tracking herd health parameters.
But although he enjoyed the work, it could at times be monotonous.
At a general clinic, however, monotony is hardly an issue.
“I’ve been excited by the increased variation in my day-to-day responsibilities,” Glenn said.
Working with a variety of animal species and cases is “mentally stimulating and challenging.”
George and Glenn both observed that the advancement of medical knowledge across different species represents an interesting challenge for veterinarians.
There has been increased specialization as a result, especially in more urban areas, with some veterinarians opening clinics specifically for cats, dogs or more exotic species.
“I describe myself as a dinosaur mixed-animal practitioner," George said. "Most vets coming out of college now are pretty much specialists.”
However, in a rural area like the North Country, there is still a role for such dinosaurs, he said.
Looking back on years of varied experiences in that role, George said, “I really regret that I never kept more of a log.
"There are so many adventures.”
PETS, OF COURSE
Sometimes, people will share stories with him of times he treated their animals that he had nearly forgotten but made a big impression upon them or upon their children.
“It’s very rewarding to hear that.”
Glenn added that despite his own fascination with dairy cows and herd management, he derives great satisfaction from working with pets and their owners, as well. He, his wife, Tara, and their daughter, Avery, have three dogs and two cats.
As a veterinarian, he said with a laugh, “it’s pretty much a requirement to have pets.”