Kevin M. Wright, DVM, Dipl.
ABVP, an exotic animal veterinarian, prolific writer and original board member with the
Association of Reptilian and
Amphibian Veterinarians, died
Sept. 26 after a short illness. He
Dr. Wright, whose career included work at zoos in Philadelphia, Miami, Phoenix and
Washington, D.C., owned
Wright Bird and Exotic Pet
House Calls, a mobile practice
based in Mesa, Ariz. The practice had just passed its one-year anniversary when he died.
A 1988 graduate of the
University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine,
Wright co-authored the 2001
manual “Amphibian Medicine and Captive Husbandry”
and was credited with more
than 300 scientific and nonscientific articles on exotic
pet medicine. He contributed
to Reptiles magazine, a sister publication of Veterinary
Exotic DVM magazine
named him Exotic DVM of the
Year in 2008, and he was a two-
time Exotics Speaker of the
Year at the North American
Wright shared clients with
Todd Driggers, DVM, who
operates the Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic in Gilbert,
Driggers learned a lot from
Wright through their interaction and his papers.
“He was spontaneous and
intelligent,” Driggers said.
“He gave great lectures and
had keen insights into things.
He forced you to think about
things in ways you hadn’t
thought of before.”
Wright held preceptorships
at the National Zoo and at Mi-
ami Metrozoo before entering
private practice in Miami. He
later served as curator of the
Philadelphia Zoo’s amphibian
and reptile collection and as an
adjunct professor at the Univer-
sity of Pennsylvania.
Moving to Arizona, he
worked at the Phoenix Zoo and
co-founded Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital, which he left to
start his mobile practice.
He is survived by his wife,
A memorial fund has been
created to help temporarily
support his wife, who also lost
her job when she lost her husband of 23 years.
For more information, go to
A PayPal account was set up at
The couple had no children,
“unless you consider skinks
and tortoises and whatnot,”
A memorial service was
scheduled for Nov. 9 in Phoenix. Details were pending.
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Dr. Kevin Wright enjoyed a reputation for clowning around when he was
enrolled at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Posting
comments on VeterinaryPracticeNews.com, his classmates and friends re-
called his sense of humor and deep love of exotic animals.
“Kevin is remembered as the zaniest, craziest, silliest member of our class;
his antics in veterinary school were legendary. But underneath the wild ex-
terior was a brilliant veterinarian whose knowledge of reptiles, amphibians
and all things exotic was encyclopedic.”
— Arnold Plotnick, DVM, New York, N. Y.
“Kevin was the source of the insanity that kept us all sane during those four
years together. I will never forget him, and he will always bring a smile to
my face whenever I think of him.”
— Luis Castro, DVM, Saratoga Springs, N. Y.
“Kevin was one of the nicest guys you could meet and really a champion for
the cause of keeping exotic animals responsibly. Kevin, you will be missed
more than you would ever have thought.”
— Dianalee, Federal Heights, Colo.
“Whenever I was around Kevin, some form of madness filled the air like the aro-
ma from a great dish of paella. Kevin’s pranks were legendary, countered by his
giving nature, insights, intelligence and willingness to help. I will miss him a lot.”
— Raymond, Portal, Ariz.
“I was lucky enough to work with him for several years and I will certainly
never forget him, his hijinks, his humor, his intelligence or his great love of
educating people about keeping exotic animals. Truly a loss.”
— Marina, Philadelphia
Dr. Kevin Wright celebrated his
25th year as a veterinarian on May 25.
Exotic animal vet Kevin Wright dies at 50