Shortage of Rural Vets in Texas Creates a Challenge

For 40 years, Roberto Margo has been the only veterinarian in the border town of Rio Grande City, which not long ago had more cattle than people.

Margo enjoys his work. But there is enormous physical labor involved in a rural veterinarian’s duties, and he estimates he has palpated — or stuck his hand inside — thousands of cows to determine if they were pregnant.

“I finally tore up my shoulder muscles,” said Margo, 69, who has had shoulder, back and arm surgery and was found to have rheumatoid arthritis in 2008. “My body’s worn out, my shoulders are ...

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