09 November 2010

Cows, cows, everywhere!

When I was around 8 years old, my parents took my sister and I to the county fair (a very Wisconsin thing to do, as we were living there at the time). Somehow, I wandered off, and when my dad realized I was gone he immediately thought, "well, where there's an animal, there Eleanor will be." We must've passed the calf shed at the fair and I (obviously) must've gotten distracted, because he found me cuddled up to a calf. The moment is preserved in a picture located somewhere at my parent's house, probably located with the millions of pictures my mother has stored in plastic containers.

Anyway, I tell that story to tell this story: somewhere along the line, I stopped liking cows. Maybe it was that class at UNH where I had to perform AI a bunch of times on dairy cows and got shat on multiple times (and lived to tell the tale). Or maybe it was because of the smell.

Well, scratch that. Today, I felt like I was 8 years old again, because I totally wanted to cuddle up to this little fella:

What a cutie, huh? (picture shamelessly stolen from my fellow classmate A.)

I spent 2 and a half hours today learning how to handle cows and do vet stuff like body scoring and checking rumen fill and checking silage and etc. I even managed to get licked in the face by a particularly precocious older calf that was outside.


I got to see a 1.5 hour old calf, which to me is newborn. It was still unsteady on it's legs! I melted.

Moral of the story: I officially like cows again. Oh...and I love being a vet student.


  1. Hi there,
    I got an interview invitation from RVC, and I was really hoping that you could post some photos of RVC such as the class rooms, the labs, campus, buildings etc. Since it has a long history, I am a little sketchy about the facilities over there.
    Thank you!!!

  2. Don't really have too much time to go round and take pictures (busy bee, I am), but I can tell you that regardless of the age of the school, it has state of the art facilities. RVC has also been renovating most of the school, and is building new dorm facilities at the Hawkshead campus. They're also renovating the small animal clinic on campus in Camden. If you poke around, you'll find that RVC is a very widely respected school, with innovative research being done (I've been seeing some RVC professors' names for years in journals). There's also videos available on youtube that show the facilities, but they're from 2008 so some parts aren't quite that accurate. But do some research. Just because it's been open since 1791 doesn't mean it will have sketchy facilities.