MPW.69 / 2017 Doctor DePriest by Brendan McInerney
Brendan McInerney Sparta, N.J.
Team Lee

Story Summary

Dr. Melissa DePriest, a veterinarian, works at a practice focusing solely on beef cattle. She learns the tradition of cattle farming in Eldon, Missouri while teaching farmers about state of the art practices. She says she always wanted to be a vet and she greatly admires the farmers of Miller County, describing them as the hardest working people she's ever met. DePriest promotes updated practices in cattle farming. She is unique in her field because the majority of large animal veterinarians are men. She champions an empirical, empathetic approach using big data and calmer cattle handling.