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From left, Christine Nagel, Abby Whiting and Carolyn Henry joined Tuesday's talk show
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Like many urban and rural areas around the U.S., the St. Louis region has seen a shortage of veterinarians, and it's affecting clinic hours, staffing and wait times in some communities.

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, guest host Ruth Ezell talked with three people deeply invested in the profession and in seeing both veterinarians and the animals they care for thrive.

Joining the discussion were Carolyn Henry, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia; Christine Nagel, president of the Greater St. Louis Veterinary Medical Association; and Abby Whiting, who currently works overnights and provides emergency and critical care through Veterinary Specialty Services.

Thirty-eight calves, between two and four months old, moo and kick at the dirt floor in a steel barn in Brush, Colo. One by one, a handler leads them from the pen to a narrow chute, where their legs are restrained and they're lifted onto a hydraulic table.

Senior care for a family's best friend

Feb 4, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 4, 2011 - Advances in medical care, the changing of dog status from yard guard to sofa-hugging "companion animal," and improved nutrition have all played a role in dogs living longer. However, while being able to spend more time with your beloved companion is a blessing, longer-lived animals have different needs and health problems than their younger counterparts.