In Memoriam: Dr. Drury Reavill

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Exotic animal medicine has lost a leader, a colleague, and a friend in Dr. Drury Reavill


Education and certification

Dr. Drury Reavill was a 1986 graduate of Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine, where a professor informed her that she could not make a living doing solely exotics. She practiced at the Avian Medical Center of Sacramento and also clinical consultation and laboratory services to practitioners through the California Avian Laboratory, a national service exclusively devoted to avian and exotic animals, as well as the California Veterinary Diagnostic Labs of West Sacramento and finally IDEXX labs. During this time, Drury became one of the first avian practitioners certified in avian practice through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in 1993. 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 (2000). In 2013, she not only recertified in avian practice with ABVP, but also earned certification in reptile and amphibian practice.



Dr. Reavill was the director of Zoo/Exotic Pathology Service from 1998 to 2019, which received samples from private practitioners and zoos throughout the US, Europe, and China. She published over 100 articles and chapters in avian and exotic animal books and journals. Drury was also a co-editor and author of Pathology of Pet and Aviary Birds, 2nd edition. She also served as a lecturer at the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, the Western Career College for veterinary technicians, and she also taught courses for the Veterinary Information Network. Drury worked as a part-time veterinary pathology consultant for ZNLabs Veterinary Diagnostics in 2019, before retiring in 2020.


Awards & honors

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, 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 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. Drury helped further our understanding of disease processes in exotic animals, and she has educated so many through book chapters, lectures, publications, and even personal communications. In 2021, AEMV also announced the annual Drury R. Reavill Research Grant.


Personal life

Drury lived outside of Sacramento, California with her husband, John, a veterinary surgeon, and their numerous Corydoras catfish, tortoises, birds, cats, and dogs. In her “free time” she loved to play the piano or World of Warcraft.



Drury passed away peacefully on October 30, 2021 from cancer-related illness. She was deeply respected and admired and she will be sorely missed. Before passing, Drury specifically requested in lieu of flowers that donations be made to her beloved Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV), Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV), and/or the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV).

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In Drury’s honor, Lafeber Company has donated $500 to each of these veterinary organizations. To learn more about Drury and her connection to AAV and avian medicine, please visit her 2017 AAV Member Spotlight.


Association of Avian Veterinarians. Congratulations 2020 Award and grant recipients. AAV website. Sep 19, 2020. Available at Accessed October 31, 2021.

Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians. Drury Reavill Research Grant. AEMV web site. Available at Accessed October 31, 2021.

Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians. RAVE Award winner. ARAV Herp Blerp. September 23, 2020.

Oxbow Animal Health. Dr. Drury Reavill 2020 Oxbow Quest Award recipient. Oxbow Animal Health web site. Available at Accessed October 31, 2021.

Reavill D. Drury Reavill – Retired. LinkedIn web site. Available at Accessed October 31, 2021.

To cite this page:

Pollock CG. In memoriam: Dr. Drury Reavill. LafeberVet web site. October 31, 2021. Available at