For 37 years, Dr. Bob McClung has served as the veterinarian for the Seneca County Fair. Although the week of fair can be exhausting for him and the two other veterinarians on staff, McClung said it is truly a labor of love.
McClung, who took over the duties of fair veterinarian after his father in the 1970s, said his practice has continued to support the Seneca County Fair because of the rich values it instills in the youth.
"We've continued to support the fair primarily for the kids," he said. "The fair teaches them responsibility and a strong work ethic."
A strong work ethic is something McClung and veterinarians Dr. Kelly Putnam and Dr. Mike Brothers know all about. Last year, they spent about 110 man hours at the fair.
"At the end of the seven or eight days you're pretty well drained," McClung said.
Preparation for the fair begins in February or March, and during the week of fair, veterinarians must juggle fair duties with appointments at the Animal Hospital of Tiffin and with farm calls in six counties.
McClung said some veterinary duties at the fair include checking animals for disease, making sure vaccinations are up-to-date and performing blood tests on race horses to check for performance enhancing drugs. Veterinarians also offer tips to 4-H members on how to keep animals comfortable during hot days.
McClung said during the fair, veterinarians are involved in the well-being of nearly every type of animal and perform daily walk-throughs.
"We want kids to complete their projects," he said.
McClung said veterinarians aren't the only ones who make the Seneca County Fair a success each year. A lot of hard work behind the scenes makes the fair a top-rated attraction.
"I think it's one of the nicest fairs in the state of Ohio," he said. "The quality and care is very, very good."