Horsing Around

(Chris) Hello, and welcome to Horsin’ Around. I’m Dr. Chris Blevins at
Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center. Today at Dodge City
we’re at the Round Up Rodeo that they have every year. What does a
veterinarian do at a rodeo? There’s multi-facets to it. One, and probably
what you’ll hear by the rodeo announcer, is the aspect of being the EMT’s
for the animals and so for emergency situations within the arena, we’re
there to stabilize that animal. So, it can either go to another facility
or we can stabilize it and help it out right here at the rodeo arena. So,
fractures, anything that would cause neurologic issues. They can hurt
themselves in different aspects within. Trauma is probably the biggest
thing during the rodeo that we’re watching for on the animals and making
sure they stay safe. Before the rodeo, veterinarians they kind of play an
important role in making sure the arena is ready. There’s safety aspects
of the rodeo that try to prevent problems for the animals during the
rodeo. And then in between some of the events of the rodeo, a lot of
times, especially here at Dodge City, we help the contestant horses if
they need help with different things. One, being like if they get an ulcer
in their eye, they’re colicing, the horse is colicing. They have a
lameness they want a veterinarian to look at. The other aspects, they have
a coughing horse. So, there’s multiple things that even veterinarians can
do even in between the events for these horses. You have to remember that
most horses when they’re coming here, they’re going directly to another
rodeo right after here. So, it’s fairly intense for them and trying to
visit or having a veterinarian available during those times sure helps
them and it helps the patients or their animals in between those type of
events. The other type of animals that are here, obviously all the rough
stock and the rough stock contractors that they have. You know there’s
pick up men horses, there’s rough stock bucking horses, bull riding type
bulls, there’s the steers, there’s the calves, there’s even the sheep for
the mutton busting. All those species are examined or treated by
veterinarians or the veterinarian at the rodeo, so again there’s those
things too. Biosecurity is the other thing that veterinarians would do at
a rodeo. So, preventing disease from coming in a high populated area of
animals. Or even leaving if an outbreak happens of anything within rodeo
grounds. One, for example would be vesicular dermatitis, or VS. And so
we’re always kind of keeping an eye out for that at rodeos. Making sure
that if there are any issues we call the state veterinarian. But again,
the veterinarian that’s at the rodeo is kind of the first on the scene
that gets things monitored and situated for those kind of aspects. I think
if you ever have any other questions or are at a rodeo, come over and see
the veterinarian, ask them questions if you ever have any questions for
them and what they do at the rodeo. Or just to say Hi to the veterinarian
cause they’re always usually there. They’re always required at every PRCA
rodeo and there for the animal. If you do have any questions even at
Kansas State, give us a call at Kansas State University and you can sure
talk to me or any other faculty member that’s in the equine department
about rodeos or about horses. I’m Dr. Chris Blevins at Kansas State
University Veterinary Health Center and I’ll see you around.

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