Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sometimes you have to be mental to do this job

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I love being a cattle veterinarian, I really do. But sometimes explaining some of what I do to non-agricultural people makes them wonder, "You like doing that?" Case in point, in order for me to diagnose a cow pregnant, I have to do a rectal exam. That involves sticking my hand and most of my arm up her rectum to feel her uterus to look for a baby. Invariably, I get some strange looks as people try to assess my mental status. I suppose when you take that procedure out of context, it does sound a little strange. In the end, I don't mind being a little mental (in a good way) to want to get up and do that on a daily basis. I tell you all this to get to the point of this blog post.

I get lots of correspondence from different companies about their products. They range from pharmaceuticals, feed additives, vaccines, etc. Sometimes companies send me actual samples of their products. One of the latest products I received almost made me giddy and thought it would be fun to share with Cow Art and More blog readers.

I got a armpit length glove sample from the Neogen Corporation. This just isn't any glove to use in rectal exams. This is a new to the market "PolyPetite" glove just for women. Woo-hoo! So just what makes this glove so special?

I will quote a few lines from their sales letter: "The sleeve was developed to fit the needs of the growing number of women involved in the veterinary care of large animals. The new sleeve is cut slimmer, especially through the wrist and hand area. Women shouldn't have to use sleeves designed for men, and give up the comfort and feel of a sleeve that fits."

Pretty cool! And it's "girly-girl" pink. The cows will love that.


Crystal Young said...

This is really neat. I never thought about making a glove especially for women, but it makes sense!

Kathy said...

It is a little niche market, but most appreciated by those of us who use it!

dairygoddess said...

As you describe...a non aggie often looks revolted at the mention of large animal practices, but often up watching are amazed at the talent and gentle ways of a vet in working with such large animals. I am so grateful for all you do and how you help us keep our animals safe and well. My son is applying for vet school this fall and I could not be more proud as I know the hard work, dedication and the goodness of heart that goes with working with these gentle giants. THANK YOU DR. Kathy...THANK YOU!

Misty Dawn said...

Ahhh yes, it was always interesting to attempt to explain to people the process my husband went through to artificially inseminate his show cattle.

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