Shortage of large-animal veterinarians leaves Polk County vets overworked

Agriculture plays a big role in Polk County's local economy including farms and ranches that have cattle, but the area is in dire need of veterinarians that work with large animals. “She has several stitches in her head, where she almost scalped herself. So about three inches of her skull was exposed,” said Dr. LuJean Waters while checking up on a horse named Marilyn. Taking care of farm animals has been a lifelong dream of Dr. Waters, who works at Heartland Large Animal Services.