Powder Valley Nature Center welcomes MDC State Wildlife Veterinarian for special presentation Oct. 4

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KIRKWOOD, Mo.—You may already know a veterinarian who treats dogs, cats, or perhaps parakeets. But what about one who works with deer or elk, or even bears and mountain lions? How about great prehistoric fish like sturgeon and paddlefish? What’s a day like for that kind of veterinarian? What does it take to become one? What are the rewards and challenges they face?

The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center is welcoming MDC’s State Wildlife Veterinarian, Dr. Sherri Russell Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. to share a special inside look at her job.

Dr. Russell’s presentation, A Day in the Life of a Wildlife Veterinarian, will cover what she does to help monitor and manage the health of Missouri’s most important wildlife species. Dr. Russell will reveal what a wildlife veterinarian does on a day-to-day basis. She’ll give a behind-the-scenes look at her unique job and the work of wildlife health for animals like bears, ruffed grouse, whitetail deer, and fish. Dr. Russell will also offer insights as to what the future looks like for key wildlife species in the Show-Me-State. Anyone with even a casual interest in Missouri’s wildlife, to those considering a career in wildlife health care themselves, will find Dr. Russell’s insights especially informative.

A Day in the Life of a Wildlife Veterinarian is a free presentation open to all ages. However, advanced online registration is required at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZQy.

Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center is located at 11715 Cragwold Road in Kirkwood, near the intersection of I-44 and I-270.