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PHOTO STORY: Day in the life of a veterinarian

July 19, 2012 at 2:19 a.m.

Kristina Brandl and Kristi Ryan, veterinary technicians at Crossroads Veterinary Clinic, check an 8-month-old Labrador puppy's ear for infection. The puppy had demodex, a mite living in the hair follicles. The mite can cause hair loss in some animals. The demodex was transferred by its mother at birth.


Walk into a veterinary clinic and you normally wouldn't expect sheep, goats and horses to be treated alongside dogs and cats.

But for Dr. Mark Besancon, that is just a typical day at Crossroads Veterinary Clinic. Besancon said he opened Crossroads in 2009 because Victoria needed a vet clinic that served domestic animals and the large number of farm animals in the community.

Besancon's work environment is one where goats lie on operating tables as beagles get ultrasounds in the next room.

Besancon is passionate about veterinary medicine and says no two days are alike in his clinic.



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