As OSU’s mobile veterinary clinic travels from farm to farm in Benton County, small-talk is all about large animals and their care. Professor Charles Estill, resident vet Bronwyn Crane, and fourth-year students Jaime Ueda and Dana Hoyt trade stories of midnight emergencies during on-call rotations — of a difficult birth that ended in euthanasia, of a horse struck by a car in the fog. They reminisce about last summer’s research projects. With funding from the pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co., Ueda investigated glucose tolerance in alpacas, and Hoyt studied recurrent airway obstructions in horses.
These students are enrolled in Rural Veterinary Practice I, required of all 80 OSU vet-med students — an enrollment that is currently 90 percent female. Hoyt is native to Oregon. The other two women are islanders, but their islands lie on opposite sides of the world — one in the balmy Pacific, the other in the Gulf of St. Lawrence off the chilly North Atlantic.
Here are their stories.