Jul/Aug
2011

Whining, hitting and tantrums, Oh My

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Written by Raelene Ostberg

tantrumHelping young children manage emotions

It is difficult to fully prepare for the rocky emotional world of a young child. Despite an adult’s most concerted efforts, one-year-olds may still bite, hit or throw things; two-year-olds still experience tantrums and yell “No!” and “Mine!”; three-year-olds still doddle and whine; and four-year-olds still act bossy and demanding. Even the most skilled adults may experience frustration and feelings of failure.

 

Jul/Aug
2011

From Nose to Tail: Females in Veterinary Medicine

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Written by Marlene Petersen

nosetotailDr. Becky Richardson, associate veterinarian at Cascade Animal Medical Center, once heard a saying in school: “A DVM [Doctor of Veterinary Medicine] is an MD that is not limited to one species.”

    Like an MD, a DVM needs a bachelor’s degree and four years of veterinary (versus medical) school. Unlike most MDs, however, Dr. Richardson—and each of the 15 female vets practicing in Rochester—treat their patients from head to hoof, performing everything from dentistry to surgery on every species from bobcat to potbelly pig.  

 

vetIn the 1960s, 100 percent of veterinarians were men. Dr. Sarah Mehrkens, owner of Zumbro Falls Veterinary Clinic, is glad that has changed. Today, 77 percent of today’s veterinary graduates are women.

    “It’s a great profession, and I am thankful I have had the opportunity,” said Mehrkens. “I have wanted to be a vet since I was 13,” she said. 

 

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