Names Dr. Ed Migneco
Veterinarian of the Year 2007
Migneco, MU DVM ’86 and a volunteer with several animal
welfare groups including Stray Rescue of St. Louis, has been
named 2007 Veterinarian of the Year by The Hartz Mountain
Hartz created its award in 2001 to honor
veterinarians who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment
to patients their families and to their communities.
Dr. Migneco balances his community outreach
efforts while running his veterinary practice at the Hillside
Animal Hospital in St. Louis. Dr. Migneco is also involved
in promoting spaying and neutering to counter pet overpopulation.
He is also a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary
One of the most prominent memories Dr. Migneco has of his
years as a veterinarian involves a stray dog named Powder
who lived in an abandoned house. It took months of daily feedings
and contact before a local rescue volunteer could capture
him and bring him into Dr. Migneco for treatment.
Dr. Migneco examined Powder and found him
to be suffering from multiple problems including mange, malnutrition,
intestinal parasites, and heartworm disease. Powder remained
in the clinic for several weeks. Powder is now living with
a family, but still visits the clinic for yearly exams.
Another case concerns Calypso, a mixed
breed stray that roamed the streets of East St. Louis. Like
many of the other strays in that area, a group of volunteers
would bring food to her each day. One day, a volunteer with
the rescue group found her lying on the side of the road.
At first, the rescue volunteer thought that she was dead,
but on further inspection, she was found to be alive, but
only barely. She was immediately brought to Dr. Migneco for
Dr. Migneco stabilized Calypso and examined
her. Like most of the strays he treats, she suffered from
many ailments, including heartworm disease, intestinal parasites,
and malnutrition. In addition to that, large wounds on her
head and neck had become infected and infested with maggots.
“It took us several hours to clean
out Calypso’s wounds," Dr. Migneco said. "She
was so weak that there was no need for sedation. We applied
new bandages and medications to her wounds each day. Through
it all, she would lick our faces while we were treating her."
"Dr. Migneco’s commitment to
veterinary medicine and his community has touched the lives
of many animals and people," said Dr. Jill Richardson,
director of Consumer Relations at Hartz Mountain.
Dr. Migneco was nominated for the
award by Dr. Micah Young, MU DVM ’02 and an associate
veterinarian at his veterinary hospital.
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