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Too Many Veterinarians, Not Enough Work

With previously unpublished photos. WARNING: Some viewers may find animal anatomy lesson photos disturbing.

An Auburn University veterinary student shows high school seniors from around the country how to examine a dog. According to Brandy's owner, she's a good "practice dog" because she loves to be handled. Photo by Dan Carsen.

90.3 WBHM Auburn, Ala. -- Lots of young people who love animals want to be veterinarians. But vet school is demanding and expensive. And the work is less "cute and cuddly" than many realize. Even so, it turns out there are more vets than there's work for them to do. WBHM's Southern Education Desk reporter Dan Carsen starts this story from an Auburn University "vet camp" that may be part of the solution:

More previously unpublished images are below.

A necropsy room at Auburn's veterinary medical school. The track system is for moving the bodies of large animals. The university provides necropsies for pets and livestock. Privacy regulations prohibit recording images or sounds.

A preserved horse digestive system lies in front of one's skeleton.

Dr. Joe Rowe covers the basic anatomy of ruminant digestion.

Dr. Rowe continues his lecture, moving on to common digestive problems and ways to treat them.

Dr. Ray Wilhite gives a detailed lecture on the muscles, nerves, tendons, and ligaments of a horse's leg.

-Dan Carsen, September 10, 2013