Baxter Black: Veterinary thought for discussion

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I’ve been pondering the state of veterinary medicine in the new millennium. These subjects deserve deeper thought, or at least a master’s degree thesis:

■ Why a barber and a surgeon never should say “oops!”

■ The plethora of chicken/the dearth of poultry practitioners

■ The value of veterinarians in the war against bioterrorism

■ Is there a place for grooming in an exclusive reptile veterinary practice?

■ Recipes for traditionally inedible species

■ What do you think of the “placebo effect” in veterinary medicine?

■ What are the tricks you use to help remember where you left your glasses or car keys?

■ What do you think of men in veterinary medicine? A thing of the past?

■ How to deal with barn sour children?

■ Cellphones: how to add pressure and convenience to your practice

■ The future of leather shoes, purses and seat covers made of doghide

■ The new prestige of meat inspection veterinarians

■ Do you have difficulty resolving Genesis and evolution?

■ The value of Chinese herbal medicine in non-Oriental species.

■ What do you think of homeopathic cures for baldness, dandruff and dog’s ticks?

■ Do dogs have a heaven?

■ Body piercing in veterinary medicine; fashion statement or cruelty?

■ Humane euthanasia techniques in an insect veterinary practice; squash or spray?

■ The use of wood chippers in poultry euthanasia.

■ If humans are evolving, what major physical changes will occur in the next 100,000 years?

■ How veterinary school affected your eating habits

■ Acupuncture in marine mammals — does blubber affect the meridians?

■ Why is free advice (from Whole Foods checkout girl or uncle who works at sale barn) always worth more than advice you have to pay for?

■ Have veterinary specialties like First Premolar Dentistry, Polydactal Primates, and/or Alternative Uses for Vestigial Organs become passé?

■ What do you tell the parents of a child who wants to go to vet school?

■ Who else goes to sleep memorizing the Krebs cycle?

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