Mark Twain had the dubious pleasure of seeing his own obituary printed in the paper and over the last week I have had a similar feeling. While far from being an obituary, a Facebook post about me leaving has attracted heaps of comments, writes Dr Michael Baer, the outgoing Te Are Manu Vet Clinic medical director.
Less than three weeks until I finish at Te Are Manu (TAM) and as always when something is about to end, my mind drifts to what has happened, what was then, and what is now. And how lucky I have been, writes Dr Michael Baer, the outgoing Te Are Manu Vet Clinic medical director.
November 17 will be Te Are Manu’s final visit to Aitutaki for the year. It will also be my last visit to Aitutaki, for the monthly clinic, and my final day working for Te Are Manu, writes Dr Michael Baer.
Ciguatera poisoning, or as we know it, fish poisoning, occurs all over the world in animals and people. We can’t cure it in animals, all we can do is make them comfortable, writes Dr Michael Baer, Te Are Manu Vet Clinic medical director.
Banjo Patterson, the man who wrote the words printed on the Australian $10 note, described his office job as “the round eternal”. It never ended, it never really started, and it was very difficult to see any progress, writes Dr Michael Baer.
I really love this time of year. The whales are here and put on a show for anyone who wants to see them. They jump, roll, slap their tails; generally, they just seem to be having fun, writes Dr Michael Baer, Te Are Manu Vet Clinic medical director.
Food is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Sitting down to dinner is the best. The best. Well at least the best since breakfast. We can eat food for pleasure, but the reason we need food is for energy, writes Te Are Manu clinic medical director Dr Michael Baer.
I have been very lucky. Travelling to the outer islands regularly has become part of my job. In the last fortnight I have been to Mauke and Aitutaki. I went for work, but it was still a pleasure, writes Dr Michael Baer, Te Are Manu Vet Clinic medical director.
We have had a bit of rain, at last, after a month or so of hot weather. During that hot weather we had a group of British volunteers working at Te Are Manu. They were great; enthusiastic, talented and very knowledgeable. But not very heat tolerant.
Cattle are multipurpose. They can produce meat and milk, and make excellent tractors. They pull ploughs, they tow trailers. They harvest their own fuel and provide fertiliser in return for fuel, writes Te Are Manu clinic medical director Dr Michael Baer.
Whether you keep goats for meat, or for milk, which is tasty, fresh, lactose free, and nutrient rich, or for the pleasure of watching them get up to their antics, especially the kids, goats are pretty cool animals, writes Dr Michael Baer of Te Are Manu Vet Clinic.
When I was a child, we lived in a small country called Swaziland. It has since changed its name, to Eswatini. I can remember a lot about the country and our time there, even though it was a long time ago. One of the things I remember well are the bags of chicken heads and feet, sold in shops as “Walkie-Talkie”. A fantastic name.
Parvovirus is a dreadful disease. The world over it costs pet owners a small fortune in routine vaccination costs. Closely related to panleukopaenia virus in cats, it destroys the cells that line the gut.