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Large-animal veterinarians travel far and wide to keep food animals healthy

Ranchers and food-animal producers depend on a small population of large-animal veterinarians who typically cover a wide geographic area and have to be available around the clock, so a veterinarian's death or retirement leaves a void. Veterinarians play a critical role in the economic vibrancy of rural areas and in ensuring food safety and disease prevention, says veterinarian Laura Molgaard, an associate dean at the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine.

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