Drury Robb Reavill, DVM, Diplomate (Emeritus) ABVP, Diplomate ACVP

Drury Robb Reavill finished her journey on earth October 30, 2021 after a 4-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was born Drury Robb Reavill on March 17, 1958.She leaves behind her loving husband of 27 years John Robertson, DVM, Diplomate ACVS; parents Virginia and David Allen Reavill, II; and a host of nieces and nephews. Aunt Drury is sadly missed.

Animals were her life from hunting creepy crawly things with her brother as a child to birds, cats, dogs, tortoises, and fish. She especially loved her Standard poodle “Pearl”.

Drury played piano on her Steinway baby grand and loved classical music. She and her husband often went to the theater, the symphony, and she even dragged him to the opera a few times. Shakespeare plays at her second home near beautiful Lake Tahoe were a yearly event. Drury played the computer game “World of Warcraft” and went to WOW conventions for 15 years with her guild mate’s brother and his children.

Dr. Drury Reavill was a 1986 graduate of Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Drury wanted to become a bird veterinarian from the age of 7. In veterinary school her professors told her there was no future in avian/exotic animal medicine and to forget it. Drury was and remains an outstanding asset to exotic and non-traditional animal medicine. She was proficient in the pathology of every zoo and pet exotic species, including exotic mammals, birds, reptiles, and even fish. She authored or co-authored 189 publications, posters, and professional meeting proceedings, both in the US and internationally. She co-authored two editions of Pathology of Pet and Aviary Birds, and the third edition is currently in progress. These publications helped pave the way for many novel treatments and procedures which benefit the lives of so many. She inspired colleagues to push the limits for exotic animal medicine and surgery with her contagious enthusiasm and dedication to a rigorous scientific approach. So many of her colleagues entered the world of scientific publication for the first time under her guidance and encouragement.

She practiced at the Avian Medical Center of Sacramento and also provided clinical consultation and laboratory services to practitioners through the California Avian Laboratory as well as the California Veterinary Diagnostic Labs of West Sacramento and finally IDEXX labs. During this time, Drury became one of the first practitioners certified in avian practice through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in 1993. In 2013, she not only maintained certification in avian practice with ABVP, but also earned certification in reptile and amphibian practice.

Leaving clinical practice, Dr. Reavill completed a 4-year residency in anatomic pathology, including work at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, and in zoo pathology becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2000.

Dr. Reavill was the director/owner of Zoo/Exotic Pathology Service from 1998 to 2019, which received samples from private practitioners and zoos throughout the US, Europe, and China. Drury worked as a part-time veterinary pathology consultant for ZNLabs Veterinary Diagnostics in 2019, before retiring in 2020. She also served as a lecturer at the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the Western Career College for veterinary technicians.

Drury was instrumental in the founding of the American Association of Fish Veterinarians and served as their President in 2017. She paved the way for AAFV’s relationship with ExoticsCon and she is directly responsible for AAFV hosting its annual conference as part of ExoticsCon on two separate occasions. She was committed to advancing opportunities for AAFV to interact with amphibian and reptile veterinarians, and zoo, aquarium, and exotic veterinarians. Drury advanced AAFV’s collaboration with the Veterinary Information Network (VIN). She had been involved for years with VIN in presenting continuing education opportunities for veterinarians interested in zoo, aquarium, and exotic species, and she recognized that AAFV could work with VIN to present excellent presentations on fish veterinary medicine.  She was right, and that relationship continues today thanks to her.

Drury joined VIN in 1995. Drury mostly kept to the aquatic medicine folder on VIN although she would give input elsewhere. She posted nearly 3,000 messages helping colleagues in her time on VIN. A little less than half of those in CE course interactions. She intermittently spent less time on VIN as her lab became more successful and she grew more in demand as a speaker.

Her primary role was a VIN Consultant on the message boards so she helped thousands of VIN members with avian and aquatic animal questions. She taught several CE courses on fish, birds, and exotic small mammals. She also coordinated the AAFV Rounds on VIN.

Dr. Reavill received numerous Awards in 2020, including the Oxbow Quest Award for Excellence & Innovation in the field of Exotic Mammal Health as well as the Reptile and Amphibian Veterinary Excellence Award (RAVE), in conjunction with Zoo Med Laboratories which honors an individual of the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV). Drury also received an Inaugural Award for Outstanding Contributions to Exotic Animal Medicine, presented jointly by the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV), Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV), and the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV) at ExoticsCon Virtual in recognition of her outstanding achievements in the field of exotic animal medicine. This latter award recognized Dr. Reavill’s role as a pillar in the exotic animal medicine community. In 2021, AEMV also announced the annual Drury R. Reavill Research Grant which will continue to help encourage research to develop cures benefiting exotic pets for many years to come.

A complete list of her accomplishments can be viewed on her linkedin.com page.

In lieu of flowers, Drury and her family have requested that friends may make memorial donations in her honor to one of the following:

Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV)

Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV) and the Drury Reavill Research Fund

Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV)

American Association of Fish Veterinarians (AAFV)

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