If you missed Dave and Bob's debut at the Manchester Community Library here is your chance to see them! Local favorites David Quesnel and Dr. Treat will be here for an encore presentation!
Call Dr. Treat
Call Dr. Treat details the development of three generations of veterinary practice and medicine in Manchester Center, Vermont. The practice started with Edwin Treat, and then continued with his son Robert and now his grandson Robert, Jr. Starting with the details of the humble beginnings of veterinary medicine and chronicling the advancement throughout 80 years. Dr. Treat tells his story in laymen's terms and with a sense of humor all while showing his family's dedication to the betterment of all animals.
About Dr. Treat
Born in Bennington, Vermont, August 5, 1937, Dr. Treat grew up with his parents and sister on a forty-acre farm in Manchester, Vermont. At an early age, he exhibited an interest in animals. At the age of four, while taking naps in the car, he started riding on calls with his father, Dr. Edwin Treat, a veterinarian. He attended Manchester public school and later Burr and Burton Seminary (now Burr and Burton Academy). The family had horses, cows, dogs, and cats. Having had a great deal of exposure to a variety of animals, he became interested in farming and caring for pets. He started milking the cow by hand in eighth grade. Through high school he milked his own cow, raised calves, and worked in his father's veterinary hospital. There he had small jobs such as filling the kerosene heater for the "hospital," sharpening needles, and holding animals for treatment. He attended Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA and then Cornell Veterinary College, at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Upon graduation from veterinary college, he interned at Rowley Memorial Animal Hospital in Springfield, MA for 14 months. Dr. Treat returned to Manchester in August of 1963 to work with his father. They worked together until his father retired in the 1980's. Dr. Treat then worked with his son, Dr. Robert E. Treat, Jr., until Dr. Treat retired in 2008. He had first hand exposure to dairy cows and draft horses. He witnessed the replacement of draft horses by the tractor and the subsequent increase in pleasure horses. During the 1950's he observed the loss of the small Vermont family farm, the opening up of land, the subsequent introduction of the second home industry. The latter coincided with the development of the ski industry. These changes initiated the increase in the small animal population and the demand for their care. Less emphasis was placed on large animal medicine and surgery, and more was placed on small animal medicine and surgery. Dr. Treat resides in Manchester where he enjoys his family. His hobbies include reading history, working with Boy Scouts, participating in outdoor activities and community organizations.
GrandPAW's Memoirs Tour de Vermont 251
“Dave Quesnels’s book on bicycling across Vermont, top to bottom, is a gem. It’s about a lot more than just bicycling through the holes and vales and open countryside. Across the visits to all 251 towns (many of which are more geographical expressions that towns or villages in the normal sense of the term), he weaves in observations about life in the Green Mountain State and entertaining bits of history.
Dave’s descriptions of life on the road aboard a bicycle come in a style that brings the imagery and the people he encounters along the way to life. This is a narrative that could easily have drifted into a formulaic recounting where each installment in his quest to travel to all the town’s becomes a repetitive tale of challenges faced, hills overcome, and quirky things that happened. But Dave’s creative writing keeps the pages turning.
Who couldn’t find his observations about general stores and recreation parks arresting and thought provoking? The same for the comments about the particular characteristics of the town’s and villages, large and small. Whether it’s Burlington or Buell’s Gore, each gets their moment.
It’s a small state, but there’s a lot of variety on offer in Vermont.There are also the common ties that bind the place together. And for those whose primary interest is the joy of biking and physical demands that imposes, along with mental rush of that experience, you won’t be shortchanged either.
Not a bad way to see the state, it turns out—as Dave says, you notice more things when you’re going 10 miles an hour instead of 50 or 60. It’s definitely worth a read, whether you’re a fan of all things Vermont or not.”
— Andy McKeever
About David Quesnel
David was born in Middlebury, Vermont and has spent his entire life here. He has been a baker, a builder and a bar tender, a construction project manager, a building consultant and a property manager. He is currently retired and enjoying his life as an author. David’s book series “Grandpaw’s Memoirs” are a collection of memories of Vermont life through his eyes.