2016 Year in Review: Dr. Dave McRuer, Director of Veterinary Services

It’s time to look back on 2016! Check our blog between Christmas and New Year’s for a variety of stories and memories of 2016 from the staff and volunteers of the Wildlife Center of Virginia.

Well, folks, we’re into the waning days of 2016 and as you know, ‘tis the season to look back upon the year and remember the wonderful stories, patients, accomplishments, and people that surround our staff and make this one of the most unique and fulfilling jobs in the world. I say this with pride … and I say this with sadness, because after 10 years of employment with the Wildlife Center of Virginia, I regret to say that I will be leaving in early 2017 for other pastures. Oh don’t worry, Randy didn’t hide the keys and Amanda hasn’t sent me yelling into the wilderness like a loon … yet. My family did not make this decision lightly and I’m happy to say we’re moving back to Canada to be closer to family and to explore other professional opportunities.

As many of you know, I came to the Wildlife Center in 2006 and here I found a supportive, progressive, conservation-oriented environment that allowed me to grow professionally and personally. I have been privileged to work with some of the most dedicated, compassionate, and amazing nut-jobs – I mean people -- you can imagine and leaving them will be one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. I’m honored to have played a small part in the big careers of our past veterinary interns, fellows, and extern students and I’ve learned so much from the amazing wildlife rehabilitators and wildlife professionals in Virginia … I can’t thank them enough.


To the supporters of the Wildlife Center and its staff and patients … YOU ARE AMAZING! Your support has allowed our program to grow, push boundaries, attract amazing people, and advocate for wildlife and the environment like no other organization. THANK YOU for being part of the team even if we don’t work under the same roof.

I’ll continue to support the work of the WCV from our new home in Prince Edward Island and I’m sure I’ll be making the odd trip back to the Old Dominion from time to time. Until then, I wish everyone a happy holiday season, a joyous new year, and I look forward to talking to everyone on the moderated discussion at some point in the near future.

With much love,
Dr. Dave and Family

Keep checking the Wildlife Center's blog for more year-end posts this week!