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Dr. Drury Reavill Obituary

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Drury Robb Reavill. DVM, Diplomate (Emeritus) ABVP, DACVP


Drury Robb Reavill finished her journey on earth October 30th 2021 after a 4 year battle with Ovarian Cancer.

She was born Drury Robb March 17, 1958.  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 wanted to become a bird Veterinarian since the age of 7.  In Veterinary school her professors told her there was no future in avian medicine and to forget it.  Drury played piano on her Steinway baby grand and loved classical music. She and her husband often went to 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 mates, brother and his children. 

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.


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 co-authored two editions of Pathology of Pet and Aviary Birds, and the third edition is currently in progress.  She authored or co-authored 189 publications, posters and professional meeting proceedings, both in the US and internationally.

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 was the owner of Zoo and Exotic Pathology Services in Sacramento California for more than 15 years.


In 2020 Drury received some of the highest honors awarded to exotic animal veterinarians, including the Oxbow Quest Award (https://www.oxbowanimalhealth.comr), the Reptile and Amphibian Veterinary Excellence (RAVE) award (, the ZooMed Laboratories, Inc Award and a Lifetime Achievement award for Outstanding Contributions to Exotic Animal Veterinary Medicine.

The Drury Reavill Research Grant funded by the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV) will continue to help encourage research to develop cures that will benefit exotic pets for many years to come.

A complete list of her accomplishments can be viewed on her 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 (AEMV)

American Association of Fish Veterinarians (AAFV)