If sense was common everyone would have it. You know, you've heard sayings that somehow relate to the difference between book smarts and common sense. But sometimes the most educated and intelligent people that you know do the things that just don't make sense. I know a wonderfully intelligent veterninarian, no John, this isn't in reference to you. Just out of 8 years of gruelling college classes to stick an arm up the backside of a horse. You gotta love someone who will go over 100 thousand dollars in debt for a job like that. The vet is an extremely intelligent person and passed all tests with ease. Very book smart. A few days ago, a motorist struck a horse leaving it on the side of ther road in quite a bit of pain with absolutely no chance of recovery. I won't go into further detail because from what I hear the sight was quite horrid. The only choice left was to euthanize the animal. Now I am a horse owner as is the previously mentioned vet. I realize the gravity and difficulty of doing something like this, but no animal deserves to suffer while its moments are fading. Without going into much further detail, I will say that somehow the needle ended up in the horse and somehow the needle ended up in the vets hand, going through two fingers in the process. I am not entirely sure of the order that the two things happened, and am not sure it makes much difference. Some of the "fluid" passed into an animal it wasn't intended to go into (the vet). Now I am no doctor or a vet for that matter, but I do believe myself to be blessed with common sense. My first thought would be that since the fluid in question was adequate to finish a 1200 lbs animal and that the vet weighs well under 200 lbs. it would be in fact an issue of great concern. Obviously I am not in the know as the vet did not seem to think any medical attention was required. The next day there was an obvious line travelling up the vets arm originating from the puncture point and had almost reached the elbow. Again, common sense tells me that is no good, but again I guess I am not in the know. I do realize that infection is quite a concern and that the hospital would most likely administer some form of antibiotic. Obviously the vet felt the same way and instead used some horse antibiotics. Eventually, at family's request, the vet ended up going into the hospital to get things checked out. This resulted in about 10 hours of doctor's doctoring on the vet and they were very adamant that the vet should have been in much sooner and life was in fact put into great danger (I didn't need a degree to be able to tell the vet this). Perhaps John can help with this question since he would be more familiar with the chemicals in question and how they might effect a two legged animal. Is this just a case of someone thinking they know more than they do? Or is it just another example of intelligent people doing stupid things?