Rural Practictioner: Scott Morey

Scott Morey, DVM, is a rural practitioner at Tallgrass Veterinary Hospital in Concordia, Kan. He received his undergraduate degree in Animal Science and Industry at University of Connecticut and then moved to Kansas where he graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University.
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Morey grew up in Tolland, Conn., on a 250 head dairy farm where he helped milk the cows, raised and showed Simmental beef cows for 4-H and also worked on a tobacco farm. Morey says the tobacco farm was “the hardest work I’ve ever done, which taught me the value of getting an education!” In addition to his B.S. and DVM degrees, Morey also received a master’s degree in dairy nutrition during the summers because he “really saw the direct relationship between nutrition and medicine in cattle.”

Growing up around cows helped foster his love for animals and being involved in 4-H is what drove Morey to becoming a veterinarian. He also spent time in high school working for a mixed-animal veterinary practice which solidified his choice to go to vet school.

Morey’s favorite aspect of his job is working with clients to solve current problems and prevent future problems from occurring.

“I feel it is my job to inform them of best-practices and work with them on how to implement some of those changes,” he says.

He likes the aspect of working with all different kinds of animals. Morey says “although there is nothing better than delivering a baby calf,” he enjoys working on all species and helps keep every day diverse and on his toes.

Morey and his wife Heidi, who also attended K-State CVM, moved to Kansas in 2006 and now work together at Tallgrass Veterinary Hospital. They enjoy the small town atmosphere and spend time outdoors fishing, biking and swimming together and playing Frisbee with their dogs.

Although Morey has not consulted with the BCI in the past, he says the research that the BCI has produced directly changes the way he practices. He says lately he has focused on antibiotic use, pain mitigation and animal welfare.

“The work done at the BCI is directly beneficial to both veterinarians and cattle producers.  As the beef industry continues to undergo scrutiny, the BCI performs research that allows us to constantly improve the medicine and welfare methods we use. The research also provides scientific evidence of why we use certain methods for animal health and well-being, while constantly helping us improve our shortfalls.”

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