Someone to Know: Dr. Jennifer Nevis
Willowbrook Wildlife Center
staff veterinarian Jennifer Nevis beams with joy when sharing her love for taking care of the diverse wildlife that call the DuPage forest preserves home. She loves providing medical care for injured animals and mentoring those who are interested in following in her footsteps. Every day is a new challenge, which keeps Nevis on her toes. She loves to learn new things every day and share those lessons with others.
What are your responsibilities as staff veterinarian for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County?
I administer and direct the medical care for injured wildlife brought in by the public. I also train staff and volunteers to assist me with this duty, as we take in more than 9,000 animals per year. Additionally, I supervise our keeper staff and serve as a liaison with DuPage Public Health and other local agencies. I place the non-releasable wildlife with other educational facilities. I obtain and maintain professional resources (books and equipment) for running the veterinary clinic. I also mentor veterinary and vet technician students in wildlife rehabilitation medicine.
What is your favorite activity to do in the preserves?
I like to sit by the lakes on cool evenings watching the sunset while waterfowl cruise the water.What makes you excited about going to work every day?
Never knowing what might will happen next – what species will come in, what injuries we will see, what background story there is on the animal and so much more.
Which animal do you enjoy working with the most?
Migratory songbirds – they come in such a huge variety and they are with us for such a short time. They really mark the seasons changing for me.How do you want to leave your mark with the Forest Preserve District?
I hope to leave my successor with a well-organized, well-equipped clinic, a confident staff, and a student and volunteer corps that love their jobs and learn new things every day.