Dr. Isabelle Eid joins H&H vet clinic

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By Reed Anfinson
Swift County Monitor-News

Dr. Isabelle “Issi” Eid has joined the team at H&H Veterinary Service in Benson bringing not only her skills as a small and large animal veterinarian to the community, but also a background in public health.

Eid earning her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota, she attended the U’s College of Veterinary Medicine where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. At the same time, she completed a Master’s in Public Health at the U of M. She got her undergraduate degree in 2015 and her graduated from veterinary school in May.

A native of rural Montevideo, Eid has been at H&H just over a month now.

Eid grew up on a crop farm and hobby farm with goats, horses, and rabbits. When she was in middle school, she started raising alpacas. She says she is also a big “4-H’er.” She still works with the goats and alpacas in her spare time.

“I don’t think I would have ever gone into veterinary school if I hadn’t been in 4-H because of the skills it gave me,” she said. “The communication skills and doing the herd work.”

Some people may ask how a masters degree in public health relates to veterinary medicine, but Eid points out there is a strong connection.

“Public health is mostly concerned with the health of the human population, but environmental health, animal health and wildlife health all kind of play into human health as well,” she explained. “There are a lot of animal diseases that can be transmitted to humans.

“So, a lot of veterinary public health, which I focused on, involved a lot of epidemiology of zoonotic diseases, diseases that transfer between animals and humans,” she explained.

There are a lot of county fairs in the area, Eid said. These fairs, with their animals in the barns and petting zoos, provide an area where diseases can be spread between humans and animals. E-coli and salmonella are two examples of diseases that can spread between humans and animals.

“They can be spread from baby goats and calves,” Eid said. “Sometimes there will be human outbreaks of the diseases after fairs or petting zoos. I was really interested (public health) so I decided to pursue a degree in it and I could do it at the same time I was going to veterinary school.”

For the past month, Eid has focused on small animal health, as she gets familiar with where everything is at in the clinic and the different equipment. In addition to checkups on animals brought into the clinic, she is doing surgeries on small animals and doing lots of spaying and neutering...

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