From the Adirondack Almanack:
The Adirondack Research Consortium has announced that Dr. Nina Schoch, a wildlife veterinarian and biologist, will receive the 2018 Dr. Elizabeth W. Thorndike Adirondack Achievement Award.
Nina is the Executive Director of the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation. She has been studying loons in the Adirondacks since 1998. Dr. Schoch practiced small animal medicine from 1991-2002 and is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. She is a member of numerous conservation and wildlife health related organizations, and has written many scientific and lay articles about the results of the Adirondack loon research.
This is a well-deserved honor. Nina is a great person, and I am forever in her debt.
Nina is married to Bill Schoch. Bill is a fisheries biologist; he and I worked together at the Department of Environmental Conservation. In fact, he was an expert witness for me on my first transmission line case in Plattsburgh, my second week on the job back in 1987. We worked together on many projects over the years, during which he mentioned that his wife Nina was a Veterinarian and involved in Loon research.
In 2002 my Lab Millie got into her food at Loon Lake unsupervised and nearly ate herself to death. It was a Saturday afternoon, and I did not know what to do. So I called Bill. He put Nina on the phone. She met me at her office, and then supervised Millie’s slow recovery over the next week. She saved my dog’s life. (She also taught me the trick of dosing a dog with hydrogen peroxide to make them vomit).
Right after the incident with Millie, Nina gave up her Vet practice and to focus on loon research full-time. Most people will remember her for her work with loons; not me. I will remember her for saving my dog’s life.