Kevin Wright, DVM was selected as the 2008 Exotic DVM of the Year from nominations by the readers of Exotic DVM Veterinary Magazine. The award was presented at the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV) Annual Conference in Los Angeles in October, 2008.
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 a preceptorship 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 150 articles on exotic pet and zoological medicine and the 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 is also a member of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV), the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV), the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV), and the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AAZA).
He recently co-founded the Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital, the Valley’s first hospital devoted exclusively to the care of exotic pets. He continues to serve conservation projects and is working on a second book on amphibian medicine.