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Dr. Merkwan

Dr. Matt Merkwan grew up in Gretna, Nebraska. From a very young age, he knew he wanted to work with animals. As he grew, he realized that there were not many veterinarians who were equipped to help care for non-traditional pets like reptiles, birds, and hoofstock. It was this realization that motivated him to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine. He graduated from Iowa State University in 2014 with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.  

After graduation Dr. Merkwan has worked towards additional certifications including:

  • Fear Free Certified Veterinary Professional
  • Fear Free Certified Elite Veterinary Professional
  • Fear Free Certified Avian Veterinary Professional
  • Fear Free Certified Equine Veterinary Professional
  • Safe-Capture International Certified
  • University of Minnesota Raptor Academy Pre-Release Condition and Release Course 

Dr. Merkwan is a member of the following associations: 

  • Association of Avian Veterinarians
  • Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians
  • Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians
  • American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians
  • American Association of Small Ruminant Veterinarians
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association

In his free time, Dr. Merkwan enjoys spending time with his wife, Hilary, their 2 dogs, 2 Cockatoos, tortoises, snakes, and other exotic pets. They especially enjoy spending time in the great outdoors, whether they are hiking or traveling to see wildlife and nature.

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