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Veterinarian Who Rescues Unwanted
Animals Speaks at MU College of Veterinary Medicine

Ed Migneco, MU DVM ’86 and winner of numerous awards for his work rescuing stray animals in St. Louis, will speak at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine at 1 p.m., March 13, in the college’s Adams Conference Center.

The event is sponsored by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Snacks will be served courtesy of the Veterinary Information Network.

Dr. Migneco was named the Hartz Mountain 2007 Veterinarian of the Year and the 2002 Veterinarian of the Year by the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association for outstanding achievements and service to the profession. The St. Louis Riverfront Times selected him at the city’s Best Veterinarian.

The owner of Hillside Animal Hospital in St. Louis, Dr. Migneco serves on the board of the Greater St. Louis VMA and Stray Rescue of St. Louis. A diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Dr. Migneco is certified in canine and feline practice. He serves as a veterinary consultant for the St. Louis Zoo and is on the advisory committee at the Gateway High School Veterinary Technology Program.

Dr. Migneco volunteers his time to Peking Duck Rescue, Feline Friends, Open Door Animal Sanctuary, PAWS, Pound Pals, English Springer Spaniel Rescue of America, Alaskan Malamute Rescue of Illinois, and Belleville Area Rescue of K-9s.

He is most known for his work with the Stray Rescue organization that rescues abandoned animals trying to survive in urban St. Louis. Sometimes, this pits him against snarling and injured guard dogs trained as killers by drug dealers.

From the beginning of his professional career, Dr. Ed saw how desperately the city’s nonprofit groups needed help. "I just couldn't say no," he said. When he bought the City Animal Hospital from Dr. Norbert Schmelzer in 1986, Dr. Ed immediately made a point of treating abandoned animals.

Michael Mullen of Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) said his group couldn't work their own wonders without Dr. Ed's help. PAWS provides, in part, veterinary care for people who have HIV or AIDS. PAWS today handles about 300 pets, but 10 years ago, when the group was created and Mr. Mullen solicited veterinarians for discounted care, Dr. Migneco came forward immediately.

“He always says yes,” says Randy Grimm, executive director of Stray Rescue. The non-profit Stray Rescue of St. Louis was founded in the late nineties by Mr. Grim who would see stray dogs, some in packs, pass by his Lafayette Square grooming shop. If these urban wild dogs didn't die of starvation, he said, diseases such as parvovirus, heartworm, or intestinal parasites would kill them. Dr. Migneco has helped with about a thousand of Stray Rescue’s cases.

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