Women learn more about calving process at clinic

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Marcia Gorrell/Democrat-News Staff Above, Dawna Voelkl, DVM, an assistant professor at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine demonstrates how to use a chain to help in case of a difficult calf birth. She gave the presentation in Marshall on Jan. 17 and Keytesville on Jan. 24 during the free Calving Clinic for Women, sponsored by MU Extension.


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About two dozen women attended "Calving Clinics, especially for Women" on Jan. 17 in Marshall and Jan. 24 in Keytesville.

"I think it went great," said Wendy Flatt Rapp, University of Missouri Extension Livestock Specialist, who helped organize the free clinnic. "The women seemed to get a lot out of it,"

Dr. Dawna Voelkl, DVM, an assistant professor at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine used props and a slide show to teach the women more about the birthing process and how to help a new mother after the offspring is born.

At the Marshall clinic, where about 12 people attended, Dr. Scott Pfizenmaier of the Saline County Veterinary Clinic also helped teach the class.

In Keytesville, Voelkl began the clinic by having the 12 women introduce themselves, before presenting a slide show and demonstrations about the various birthing positions; how to identify an at-risk birth, and what to do after the offspring is born.