To promote animal welfare on modern farms, 12 veterinarians from 10 states host film crews

Mar 04, 2013, 05:30 ET from Essex Television

OLD LYME, Conn., March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In new YouTube videos released today, swine veterinarians Dr. Matthew Turner of North Carolina and Dr. Tara Donovan of Wisconsin join veterinarians and farmers from across the country in speaking out for responsible livestock farming by hosting a film crew to document their work.  They are among 12 veterinarians who demonstrate modern animal wellness practices on dozens of U.S. farms and ranches in the YouTube reality series "Veterinarians On Call,"

"Veterinarians On Call", presented by animal health company Zoetis™, shows the public that regardless of the size of a farm, farmers and ranchers benefit from raising animals in the most comfortable, stress-free conditions and housing.  Doing so avoids disease, saves money on care, and keeps animals growing at proper weight until ready for market. In other words it would be counter-productive to and a risk to their businesses if farmers raised stressed, underweight animals. 

The film crews documented veterinarians working on farms as small as a couple hundred animals, to some of the largest U.S. farms responsible for hundreds of thousands of animals a year. The farms are an accurate representation of America's 2.2 million farms, 97% of which are family-owned.

The 12 veterinarians who volunteered to be filmed are:

Dr. John Groves, Missouri

Dr. Rick Leone, Colorado

Dr. Don Goodman, Texas

Dr. Tom Noffsinger, Nebraska

Dr. Paul Ruen, Minnesota

Dr. Ross Kiehne, Minnesota

Dr. Angie Supple, Iowa

Dr. Pete Ostrum, New York

Dr. Lindsey Peck, New York

Dr. Matthew Turner, North Carolina

Dr. Tara Donovan, Wisconsin
Dr. Lynn Locatelli, New Mexico (to be published 2013)


In another new video released in the series, Dr. John Groves of Missouri works with family farmers to vaccinate their herd of cows, then examines beef cattle at a large stocker operation, showing the animals are kept comfortable and are treated well.

Other practices filmed include vets working to limit use of antibiotics to only cases necessary to ease an animal's suffering, and carefully tracking the use of medicines per U.S. Food & Drug Administration FDA regulations to ensure food integrity and safety.  The series also shows that animals can spend their lives in comfortable, climate-controlled barns living stress-free, protected from harsh weather and prey.

The series is presented by Zoetis (zo-EH-tis), an animal health company dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on a 60-year history as the animal health business of Pfizer, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines. Clint Lewis, President of the U.S. for Zoetis, said, "These videos allow veterinarians and farmers to demonstrate common animal wellness practices on modern livestock farms, with the goal of showing the public how healthy food animals are raised and grown."

The series, which also features veterinarians who care for dogs, cats and horses, is produced by Essex Television, the Connecticut TV production company behind the long-running Discovery Velocity network TV show Chasing Classic Cars.

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SOURCE Essex Television