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has turned to our food supply to place blame. Further, he says there is no hardcore evidence to support the hypothesis that agriculture is responsible. “Ranchers give antibiotics to animals that need them to live, yet if you take a child with a minor cough to the doctor, most of the time you leave with a script for antibiotics,” he says.“Where do you think antibiotic resistance is coming from?” Moravec says veterinarian shortages are going to get worse. Approximately 30 to 40 percent are over the age of 60, and 35 percent will retire soon. The May 2023 issue of Hoards Dairyman states that 3 to 4 percent of new vet school graduates go into large-animal production. The void is set to become deeper. Moravec maintains that economics is the main driver. More About Marty Marty Moravec must be described as one who chose a vocation early in life and stuck to it. It was a road less travelled and often difficult. After graduating in 2008, he had job offers from eight large-animal clinics in Nebraska. Taking a position in Ainsworth, he worked more than three years before starting his own practice in Bassett. He’s the lone veterinarian there, with a receptionist, vet tech and janitor, all wrapped up in one cherished lady.“She does it all,” he says. Clients supply their own help. Located in downtown Bassett, Rolling Rock Veterinary Clinic has no haul-in facilities. He is, however, considering building a full-service clinic west of town. There’s plenty of room for a business and home on a 15-acre property waiting there for his family. He prefers cattle work to all else, enjoying the seasons and various work that comes with each phase of beef production. The work load can be brutal at certain times, but he is accustomed to it. He says he’s relatively comfortable with his life, and people there are considerate. Moravec is married to Erin. They have five children, ages 7 to 21.


Vets in the Real World After Graduation Moravec is following his dream after watching producers struggle with adequate available veterinarians. “In this part of the world and farther west, I know that there are ranchers that have to euthanize animals because the closest available vet is too far away,” he says.“I was unaware of just how dire the situation was until I got into college. My reason for becoming a vet was because I didn’t care for the crops part of farming, but I loved the cattle part.” He relates one situation at his clinic when vets in the area were occupied working cattle on ranch sites. Someone had an emergency with their dog that subsequently went unattended; no one was available to help. Moravec says he saw the dog a week later and had to put him down – a sad circumstance that no one wants to face. Eastern Nebraska veterinarians have shared an additional situation. The heavily farmed area is home to numerous small herds that graze untillable land, utilizing what would otherwise be waste ground. Adequate facilities for small cattle growers are prohibitive to build and maintain, and many go without. It makes a vet’s life more difficult. None of you will be shocked to hear that federal government overreach and paperwork have added to the load. “The veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) came out of the blue,” Moravec says. Personally, he can understand the cause of bacterial resistance, but says the government

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