How a Chicago Cub’s pitcher turned exotic animal vet

Dr. Richard Nye and a parrot he cared for at at Ness Exotic Wellness Center in Lisle, Ill. (Photo courtesy of the Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)

Before founding the first exotics-only specialist veterinary practice in the United States, Dr. Richard Nye, ’74 VS, DVM ’76, explored career opportunities in civil engineering, worked as a trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and most notably, pitched for the Chicago Cubs. Nye recounts how differing experiences led him to pursue a career as a veterinarian. Learn More