She has overseen the operation of an orphanage in Grenada and worked to save rhinos in South Africa.
And now, after spending years focusing on her education on a postcard-perfect island in the West Indies, Megan Greer is coming home to focus on the one thing that she has sworn her professional allegiance to.
Earlier this month Greer, an East Union graduate that attended elementary school at McParland, graduated from the McGeorge’s University veterinary program in New York. Greer completed her undergraduate degrees at Northland College in Wisconsin before going on to become an award-winning student – earning the Large Animal Society Prestige Member Award, the Merial Animal Health Award of Excellence in Large Animal Medicine, the Outstanding Colleague Award and the American Association of Bovine Practioners Award of Scholarship her senior year.
But Greer’s accomplishments surpassed her work with animals. While on campus in Grenada she was instrumental in organizing the operation of a student-run orphanage and spent her part of her summers with the Veterinary Christian Doctors to provide services and information to Navajo reservations in Arizona.
She is currently employed with the Banfield Corporation, a leader in preventative medicine for animals.
Two years ago Greer was part of a student mission that paired those still in school with leading conservationists to perform outreach projects in the natural habitat of animals in regions throughout the world.
While she said that she hoped to have a mixed-practice – allowing her the opportunity to care for both large and small animals – getting the chance to administer care to some of the largest animals in the world right in their own backyard was, she said, an experience that could never be summarized in a classroom.
“It was breathtaking and humbling to have a creature like that completely in your care,” she said. “I never realized that I’d get the opportunity to do something like this. And it felt completely natural to do this.
“I felt like I got a chance to do my part in the conservation effort and I learned so much while I was down there. It was an invaluable learning experience and it was a chance to get next to wildlife that I would have never been exposed to otherwise.”