Parker County Today May 2016 - Page 89

our stories: VETS All Things Great And Small Spring is ’sleeves-rolled-up’ time for Parker County’s Dr. Craig Sweatt S pring is a time for resurgence and new life. Trees dress themselves for warmer weather, flowers shoot up and unfold their singular beauty and baby animals begin to “hit the ground.” March through June is a very busy time for veterinarians. We recently asked Dr. Craig Sweatt what kinds of animals generally need veterinary attention during the birthing season. “That’s a broad question. Any animal could potentially run into problems,” Dr. Sweatt answered. “We take it for granted that there are so many things that go right. But when you look at how many things [that] could go wrong, you’re surprised anything could go right. By and large most things go right. Most of our prenatal [care] happens in the foal … We typically see problems in firsttime mothers, whether it be a mare or heifer cow.” As might be expected, practicing veterinary medicine in Parker County, the Cutting Horse Capital of the World, means seeing lots of horses, provided the vet practices large animal medicine. Foals are carefully monitored because of the considerable financial investment they represent to their owners. Dr. Sweatt estimated 65 percent of North Texas Veterinary Hospital’s work is with horses. The balance is made-up of small animals and food animals. NTVH is a new 9,000-square-foot facility in Peaster, which opened November 9, 2015. Dr. Sweatt co-owns the business with fellow vet Dr. Tom Hutchins. Dr. Stacy McLeod joined BY MEL W RHODES PHOTOS BY STEVE SCHILLIO