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Columbia NFWCO Attends Vet School
Midwest Region, April 1, 2009
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It was a beautiful spring day in early April for the University of Missouri – Columbia Veterinary School Open House. Not only were potential veterinary school students invited to attend but so was the general public. A variety of demonstrations, including dog agility training, wildlife rehabilitation and underwater equine therapy were held throughout the day. Jennifer Ballard, a STEP student with Ecological Services asked our office to participate by presenting our sturgeon research posters. Tracy Hill and Chris McLeland represented Columbia NFWCO during the morning shift and Colby Wrasse and Patty Herman worked the afternoon. Diana Papoulias from USGS Columbia Environmental Research Center also joined us and brought along some of her research. A slide show of Missouri River fished played in the background and spurred many questions from the attendees. As ususual, the most popular part of our display for kids and adults alike was the souvenier “squishy” sturgeon.  Cooperative participation with community organizations to provide educational events also helps promote the Service’s commitment to maintaining America’s natural resources and supports the “Public Use Goal” of the “Fisheries Program Vision for the Future.”

Contact Info: Patricia Herman, 573-234-2132 x170, Patricia_Herman@fws.gov
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