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Diary of a Pan Am Vet

July 5, 3:00 a.m My eyes shoot open and I lie in bed awake, wondering what the heck have I gotten myself into. I am the Veterinary Service Manager for the Pan Am Games [July 10-26], and I am responsible for organizing the daily veterinary care of all the horses competing. This means I have to organize the veterinary volunteer team of 20 veterinarians, 15 technicians and 12 students, while arranging for the delivery of medications and supplies, the on-site diagnostic laboratory, and digital x-ray and ultrasound machines. It is Sunday and the first horses are flying over from Germany and will be arriving later today. I will be heading to the Caledon Equestrian Park with my wife and partner in our veterinary practice, Dr. Melissa McKee, to meet with Dr. Yves Rossier, the president of the FEI Veterinary Commission for the Games, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, to…

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