Friday, July 27, 2012

My Travels in China: Shanghai Day 2

My Travels in China: Shanghai Day 2

Dr. Arnold Plotnick of Manhattan Cat Specialists, loves to travel and loves cats.  So off he went... East... way way East... to China.  Over the course of the next few weeks, we will share the cultural and kitty cat highlights of Dr. Plotnick's trip.

(Continued from Day 1 part 2)


After another weird breakfast (malar cakes, sesame balls, tiramisu), we headed over to Xintiandi.  This is a renovated two-block complex of converted stone arch gate terraces, with a central boulevard running through it. It’s loaded with lovely shops and restaurants.


It’s kind of quiet during the daytime, but gets hopping at night.

Monday, July 23, 2012

My Travels in China: Shanghai Day 1 (part 2)

My Travels in China: Shanghai Day 1 (part 2)

Dr. Arnold Plotnick of Manhattan Cat Specialists, loves to travel and loves cats.  So off he went... East... way way East... to China.  Over the course of the next few weeks, we will share the cultural and kitty cat highlights of Dr. Plotnick's trip.

(Continued from Day 1 part 1)



We decided to head over to the cool neighborhood – The French Concession – but I took us on a detour to a small museum that I was dying to check out: The Chinese Propaganda Art Center.


It wasn’t easy to find; it’s located in the basement of a building in the middle of a housing complex, but I’m glad I persisted.  The museum consists of several rooms with the walls lined with great propaganda posters from the Maoist era.  I’ve always loved this kind of art.

Friday, July 20, 2012

My Travels in China: Shanghai Day 1 (Part 1)

My Travels in China: Shanghai Day 1

Dr. Arnold Plotnick of Manhattan Cat Specialists, loves to travel and loves cats.  So off he went... East... way way East... to China.  Over the course of the next few weeks, we will share the cultural and kitty cat highlights of Dr. Plotnick's trip.

(Continued from Day 6)

As much as I tried to psychologically will away the rain, there was no getting around it.  I had been following The Weather Channel’s 10-day  forecast for weeks, and the weather was always sunny, until about the last week before the trip.  It was still sunny for Beijing, but clouds were moving into Shanghai. The forecast said there was a 90% chance of rain today, and they were right.  We woke up this morning to a totally gray sky and a steady, annoying rain.

I wasn’t about to let this stop me from all of the sightseeing I had planned. It just meant purchasing some cumbersome umbrellas.  Not a problem. Across the street from our hotel were some shops selling umbrellas for 10 RMB. (That’s $1.60 in U.S. dollars)

Before that, however, was the bizarre experience called breakfast. Like Beijing, the breakfast at the Oriental Bund Hotel was buffet style, served in their “Champs Elysses Western Restaurant” on the 8th floor.  We had a nice view of the buffet table and dining room from the corridor of our hotel.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Women in veterinary medicine

I was reading a DVM magazine today.  There was an article about the number of veterinarians that were set to graduate in 2012.  According to the article, there were 2524 new veterinary graduates in 2012, which is a 2% increase from 2011.  They broke down the number of graduates by school, listing the size of the graduating classes of all U.S. veterinary schools.  The chart in the article also divided each school’s class size by gender, and that’s the part that really caught my eye.  There were 82 students in my veterinary class at the University of Florida, in 1988.  The class was divided exactly 50-50 in terms of gender:  41 males and 41 females.  I looked at the makeup of University of Florida’s graduating class for 2012, and was surprised to see that the class was now 71% women and 29% men.  The numbers for all of the schools combined are even more striking:  78% women, 22% men!  Auburn University in Alabama had the highest percentage of men, although this fell well short of 50%.  (It was 40%)  Tufts University, in Massachusetts, had the biggest dichotomy: 88% women, 12% men!   As far as the total number of veterinarians in the entire country, women took the lead in 2009, with there being 44,802 women vets compared with 43196 men.

Why has the veterinary profession shifted so dramatically from a male-dominated field to one where women are now taking the lead?  

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

My Travels in China: Beijing Day 6


My Travels in China: Beijing Day 6

Dr. Arnold Plotnick of Manhattan Cat Specialists, loves to travel and loves cats.  So off he went... East... way way East... to China.  Over the course of the next few weeks, we will share the cultural and kitty cat highlights of Dr. Plotnick's trip.

(Continued from Day 5)



Today we leave for Shanghai.  Fortunately, our hotel checkout is at 11:00, our plane leaves at 2:00, and the Beijing Zoo opens at 7:30 a.m. You can’t go to Beijing without seeing the pandas, can you?  No.  So off we went!

The Beijing Zoo is actually a really nice zoo, with many cool exhibits, as you can see by the map.  


But all anyone seems to care about is the Panda house. 


Thursday, July 5, 2012

My Travels in China: Beijing Day 5

My Travels in China: Beijing Day 5

Dr. Arnold Plotnick of Manhattan Cat Specialists, loves to travel and loves cats.  So off he went... East... way way East... to China.  Over the course of the next few weeks, we will share the cultural and kitty cat highlights of Dr. Plotnick's trip.

(Continued from Day 4, Part 2)

Today is our last full day in Beijing.  I’m still a little disappointed in the number of cats I’ve seen, but as you’ve been reading, I’ve been having a great time regardless.

This morning is devoted to a few palaces.  The afternoon is devoted to art, and maybe some shopping.

Our first stop is the Old Summer Palace, not to be confused with the “new” Summer Palace, which is usually just referred to as the Summer Palace.  Confused?  Me, too.  Anyway…

The Old Summer Palace is known as Yuanmingyuan, which translates as the Garden of Perfect Splendor.  It was extolled as the "Garden of Gardens" and the "Versailles of the East" during its heyday. It was an imperial summer resort painstakingly built and repeatedly expanded under the personal supervision of five emperors of the Qing Dynasty.  It is located in the northern part of Beijing, and is pretty huge, as you can see in this map.


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Dr. Plotnick Named One of the Top 25 Cat Bloggers of 2012 by Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology!

veterinarian tech schoolBel-Rea Vet Tech compiled their list of the Top 25 Cat Bloggers of 2012, and today they've made the announcement on their blog.

Dr. Plotnick is thrilled that this blog, Cat Man Do, is listed as one of the top 25 cat blogs of 2012!

WOO HOO!

Here's a quick run-down of the full list.

1. Modern Cat http://www.moderncat.net
2. Daisy the Curly Cat http://daisythecurlycat.blogspot.com/
3. Cat Man Do http://catexpert.blogspot.com/
4. The Conscious Cat http://consciouscat.net/
5. Love Meow http://lovemeow.com/
6. Covered in Cat Hair http://www.coveredincathair.com/
7. Thoughts Fur Paws http://thoughtsfurpaws.com/
8. Floppy Cats http://www.floppycats.com/
9. House Cat Confidential http://housecatconfidential.blogspot.com/
10. Alasandra: The Cats and a Dog http://alasandra2003.blogspot.com/
11. Way of Cats http://www.wayofcats.com/blog/
12. Glogirly http://www.glogirly.com/
13. Friends of Felines’ Rescue Center http://friendsoffelines.blogspot.com/
14. Whiskers and Leo Pet Care http://whiskersandleo.com/blog/
15. Romeo the Cat http://www.romeothecat.com/
16. Pawesome http://www.pawesome.net/
17. Mod Cat Love http://modcatlove.com/
18.  Forever Foster http://foreverfoster.blogspot.com/
19. Sparkle http://www.sparklecat.com/
20. Mouse Breath http://mousebreath.com/
21. Cat Fact Files http://www.catfactfiles.com/
22. I Have Cat http://ihavecat.com/
23.  Cat’s Cats http://catscats-catrina.blogspot.com/
24. The Cat Post Intelligencer http://www.mysiamese.com/
25.  Paper Bag and String http://www.anndziemianowicz.com/

Thank you Bel-Rea for compiling such an excellent list of feline bloggers!

Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology is one of the largest veterinary technician schools in the U.S. that offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology. Founded in 1971, Bel-Rea is also one of the oldest American Veterinary Technician schools.

Monday, July 2, 2012

My Travels in China: Beijing Day 4 (Part 2)

My Travels in China: Beijing Day 4 (Part 2)

Dr. Arnold Plotnick of Manhattan Cat Specialists, loves to travel and loves cats.  So off he went... East... way way East... to China.  Over the course of the next few weeks, we will share the cultural and kitty cat highlights of Dr. Plotnick's trip.

(Continued from Day 4, Part 1)

After lunch we strolled down a street called “Tobacco Alley”, which had more cute shops and stores.  This then led to a series of hutongs (old historic alleyways) that were very commercialized, but very cute and quaint, the most popular one being Nanxioliu.  


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