Tag Archives: North American Veterinary Conference

A Tribute….

If you have been following or have read any of the posts on this blog you will know about our phenomenal Vet, Dr. Kevin Wright. Kevin has been the source of so much knowledge, support, compassion and friendship within my flock. However, time stopped on September 26th.  Dr. Wright had apparently just come back from a conference about a week or so earlier. From what I have learned he had not been feeling well. He went into the hospital on Sept. 22nd (my birthday) and declined rapidly, passing away one day shy of his 51st birthday. Words cannot express the sadness and loss as myself, and many, many others, grapple with the feeling of devastation as a result of Kevin’s passing. He was extremely knowledgeable, intelligent- brilliant- yet unpretentious. He was a regular guy that loved animals, and loved helping others who owned and loved them as well.

Dana, from Harrison’s Bird Food, http://www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com , which I have told you about previously, were gracious enough to permit me to share Kevin’s thorough biographic history with you. After reading it you will understand the depth of his intellect, interest and dedication.

September 27, 2013 – Dr. Kevin Wright, renowned exotic animal medicine author and speaker, died last night. We are greatly saddened by the loss to his family, friends and the veterinary community. Our hearts go out to his friends and family.

Dr. Wright received his DVM degree from the University of Florida in 1988 after obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in zoology. As a student, he began working in the exotic animal and wildlife ward of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital and served preceptorships at the National Zoo and Miami Metrozoo.

Following 2 years in Miami in a private practice, he completed a residency in zoological medicine, which was a joint program of the Philadelphia Zoo and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, and then served as the veterinarian and curator for the amphibian and reptile collection at the Philadelphia Zoo. He was appointed as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Clinical Sciences.

Seven years later, he moved to The Phoenix Zoo, where he furthered his interest in animal conservation projects and mobilized groups of volunteers to support the zoo. He returned to private practice in 2005.  Dr. Wright has contributed chapters to many veterinary textbooks and co-authored the book, Amphibian Medicine and Captive Husbandry, which filled a major gap in exotic animal medicine. He has published over 300 scientific and popular articles in the field of exotic pet medicine and captive care of amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, birds and mammals for both professional and lay audiences. He has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences as well as on radio and television programs.

Dr. Wright was one of the original board members for the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians and served as its President from 1996-1997. He was also a member of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV) and the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV). He served as an advisor to the Wyoming Toad Species Survival Plan for the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Dr. Wright was one of only eight exotic veterinarians nationwide who were ABVP-certified as amphibian and reptile specialists.

In 2007 Dr. Wright co-founded the Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital. He was selected as the 2008 Exotic DVM of the Year and the 2009 and 2012 Speaker of the Year for the Exotics Program at the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC). He continued to serve conservation projects. In August 2012, Dr. Wright started his own mobile practice, Wright Bird and Exotic Pet House Calls.”

The generous folks at Harrison’s also enclosed a copy of this publication with Kevin’s photo on the front cover.

Kevin Wright

Kevin was a great supporter of my work with African Greys. As a matter of fact, I would not have Lola if it had not been for him. Mario, another Grey, would not be alive if it were not for his medical care. All but one of my birds have been seen (and treated) by Kevin, not to mention all the others I fostered that needed medical attention. He was amazing. The depth of his commitment and compassion did not stop there. If you have read previous posts, you also know I lost my beloved dog, Sampson, on Aug. 28, 2012. Sampson was fine, as Kevin said, “from the neck up”, but his hind quarters had given out. Kevin and his wife, Marlene, had lost a beloved dog for the same reason. It was a difficult, painful decision to let him go, but necessary to put him out of his own agony. Needless to say, I could not get Sampson into the car and drive him to a Vet, so I called Kevin and asked him if he would come to our home. He came very quickly and our Sampson went to Heaven right from our living room.

I have never met a Vet like him and trust I never will. He was a brilliant, compassionate and genuine individual.  I hope you have a better understanding of this man who will be greatly missed.

Dr. Wright_7.21.10

Thank you, Kevin……we miss you already….

A memorial fund has been set up to help his wife with medical expenses. The fund can receive online payments or wire transfers using the following information:

Desert Schools Federal Credit Union
Phoenix, AZ 85062
(602) 433-7000Name C. Marlene Wright
Routing and transit 122187238
Account 6000201101
Account type Savings
Note Dr. Kevin Wright Memorial Fund

Checks should be made payable to C. Marlene Wright noting the Dr. Kevin Wright Memorial Fund in the memo field and sent to the following address:

2036 N. Gilbert Rd.
Suite 2-153
Mesa, AZ 85203-2139

Advertisements
%d bloggers like this: