If that happens, you've got to do a C-section," says Margaret Pressley, founder of Fox Run Veterinary Services in Weaverville.
Keeping things stable: Margaret Pressley tests horses at the WNC Agricultural Center
for infectious anemia.
should know.She's been handling these and other sorts of animal emergencies locally since 1991, when she came back to Buncombe County to establish Fox Run.
"I've always loved to work with animals, and I've always enjoyed a challenge, working on them and trying to see what's wrong so I can fix it," she
explains, leaning on an examination table after wrapping up the day at Fox Run
speaks, a large orange cat named Rumble hops up onto the table.
"I had been working in Rutherford County.I'm a native of this area, and I just wanted to come back to the mountains."Unlike most veterinary clinics, Fox Run
treats both pets and livestock."What keeps it interesting is that it's really hard to predict what's going to happen," she
Of course, it's not all high-anxiety situations."We do a lot of routine, preventive medicine, such as vaccinating dogs and cats," says Pressley
"There's just so much knowledge out there-it is hard to keep up," confesses Pressley
One positive trend, says Pressley
, is the increasing respect for veterinarians as health professionals."The last 10 to 15 years, veterinarians are becoming more recognized as people who can answer questions about public health on health boards in the area of contagious diseases," she
notes, adding, "I'm happy to provide a service when I can.North Carolina is probably pretty close to the front of the nation in trying to establish a rapport between different parts of the medical profession, recognizing that with globalization and all the emergent diseases, they need to bring together veterinarians, biologists, physicians, nurses and others to fight it and keep the lines of communication open."
seems to thrive on the diversity of her