Many animal owners look to their community veterinarians for routine checkups, immunizations, and treatment of minor illnesses and injuries. Community practice veterinarians are general practitioners, like family doctors. However, like family doctors, community practice veterinarians may see patients that could benefit from the care of a specialist. Dr. Leah Cohn, Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine and Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, wants people to know that veterinary specialists exist, and at the University of Missouri Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, those specialists are on call to help.
Dr. Leah Cohn introduces her background in veterinary medicine practice and research. She says she wanted to be vet as far back as she can remember; “My father used to tease me that they built the vet school across the river from the hospital I was born at because they knew I was coming,” she tells us.
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