In decades past, many prospective vet students were from agricultural backgrounds. With the increase in companion animals, there has been a relative decrease in both students coming in from a farm animal background as well as a decrease in those graduating from vet school and going into large animal practice. As such, sometimes on a farm call, the client will say something assuming that everyone knows what he/she is talking about, but the students that have little farm experience are lost in the dark. This story comes from an American student that did her first 3 years of vet school in the Caribbean...which might or might not have contributed to her communication issues with a rural southern farmer.
Farmer: Well, Doc, old Bessie here tangled with a bush hog and lost.
The students proceed to do an exam on a horse with a large laceration.
During the discussion of how to treat, should a tetanus vaccine be given, our staunch suburbanite student asks: Are bush hogs indigenous to (southern farming community)?
"No, seriously, are they indigenous or not?"
For those that were not either raised on farms or have family members that like playing with large scale yard gear, you might not have ever heard of a bush hog. Basically, it is big piece of farming equipment with pokey sticky things that jut out to create a hazard for horses. And anyone that knows horses knows that if there is one bush hog a 100 acre field and there are 10 horses, at least 2 will get mauled by the bush hog, even though it is standing there minding its own business.
Any who, lucky for the vet student in question, she had a great sense of humor and withstood the 3 months of ribbing that followed.