Springville veterinarian and his reindeer find success
From the Daily Herald
SPRINGVILLE -- Dr. Isaac Bott's work day always starts the same way.
He walks out the back door of his Springville veterinary clinic, collects a few scoops of feed from a small garage and goes to feed his reindeer -- Sven and Twinks. This week there is a new mouth to feed, as Twinks has given birth to a small, male calf.
Bott said the reindeer are his pets and Sven, with his large set of antlers, is also the mascot for his veterinary practice -- Mountain West Animal Hospital. But the reindeer are also a professional project of his, as he specializes in reindeer reproductive services.
"People are always intrigued," when he tells them about his work with reindeer reproduction, Bott said.
"What drives me is the comparative medicine; that's what makes my brain move," he said.
The mission of the ACT is to promote animal well-being, reproductive health, responsible breeding and genetic practices, and efficient management of breeding-age animals in agriculture, veterinary practice, zoos, preserves, and ecosystems. In particular, the ACT envisions development of focus areas in theriogenology to incorporate the following in theriogenology/reproductive medicine:
1. Population control for domestic and non-domestic animals including feral animals, free-ranging and captive wildlife.
2. Genomics in livestock and companion animal practice.
American College of Theriogenologists
761 Tiger Oak Drive
Pike Road, AL 36064-3063