Article by W. Clay Crook-
Rotary President Clay Hallmark introduced Dr. Allison Todd, DVM, veterinarian at the Beech Lake Animal Hospital, as the special guest speaker for the Tuesday, July 6, 2021, Lexington Rotary Club meeting.
Allison is owner and senior veterinarian and is passionate about veterinary medicine. The educational requirements go beyond four years and are very stringent, and there are only about 40 schools across the country, and there is currently a shortage of veterinarians. You start with a four-year degree, then four years of veterinary medicine, and then have to pass a national licensing exam, with questions “from dogs to elephants,” she said. There can also be three to four years of internships or residency, “and it can get complicated in specializing.” Then you apply for a license from the state, and medication licensure.
Dr. Todd enjoys preventive health, which includes diet, vaccines, and controlling flea and ticks. Dogs and cats are required to have rabies vaccinations, which is often carried by bats in Tennessee. An animal that lives outdoor around the river may have to have a vaccination that is different from a house dog or cat.
She talked about grain free diets, and how meat is important to the diet of a healthy dog or cat. Purina has life time studies on dogs and based their diets on that information, and there are…
For complete coverage, see the July 7th edition of The Lexington Progress.