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4) Eulogy- Dr. Kevin Wright- Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians
4) Eulogy- Dr. Kevin Wright- Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veternarians
On September 26, 2013, the field of veterinary medicine lost a great mind.
Kevin Wright completed his DVM at the University of Florida in 1988, launching one of the greatest careers in herpetological medicine possible.
First as a veterinarian at the Philadelphia zoo and then at the Phoenix zoo, he
had the fortuitous opportunity to immerse himself in zoological medicine.
From there, he
launched into private practice as the president and leader of the team at the Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital
and then as solo practitioner of his
own Wright Exotic Pet and Bird House Call Service.
Over these years, in addition to practicing medicine of the highest caliber, he was the president of the ARAV, published countless papers on a myriad of exotic animal veterinary medical topics, co-authored the legacy text on amphibian medicine and surgery, and even edited the amphibian medicine chapters for the most recent edition of Reptile Medicine and Surgery.
An accomplished speaker and presenter, his
talks were both exceptionally informative and engaging.
was awarded the Hill's Nutrition Award in 1988, the Exotic DVM of the year in 2008, and twice awarded the Speaker of the Year at the NAVC conference, in 2009 and again in 2012.
In 2010 he
achieved the goal he
sought in his
professional life; he
was one of the first 5 clinicians awarded ABVP diplomate status as a specialist in reptile and amphibian medicine and surgery.
For all his
professional achievements, they are pale to the ones he
achieved in his
has mentored and guided dozens, if not hundreds, of young, eager students and interns to strive for the best.
knew the way to light the fire of curiosity and knowledge in so many people that it will never be possible to assess the reach his
Many hundreds of colleagues the world over are proud to have known him and thankful for the positive influence he
has had on them.
Those who had the pleasure to talk with him all remember the hyperintelligent, irreverent man best known both for atypical greetings and the ability to make astounding, brilliant statements and deductions.
presentation of these topics would make them as understandable and modest as the nose on his
It has been remarked that his
mind could do laps while the bulk of us would just crawl: The difference was that he
was always willing to carry us around the track with him.
On a personal note, Kevin
was a dear friend to so many of us.
Some would see and talk with him often, while others would only see him annually; it made no difference, as he
was a "forever" friend.
Even if no words had passed in some time, he
would warmly welcome you the moment he
saw you, and within minutes, it would feel like it had only been yesterday.
We all understand when we say, "the personal details of his
greetings are best left unsaid…"
science and his
medicine, but he
comics and toys, and most of all, his
wife of 25 years, Marlene.
has long been the support that kept him strong, a guide through his
maze of a life, and always his
We all now share in her
grief and loss, and keep her
in our thoughts for strength and healing.
In memoriam, the world is a quieter, less brilliant, and much less silly place without Dr. Kevin Wright
The world will never see another mind like his
Kevin Wright, ...
Kevin Wright, DVM
Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital, USA
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