Dr. Dave McRuer Leaving Wildlife Center of Virginia

Waynesboro, VA – Ed Clark, President and Co-founder of the Wildlife Center of Virginia, announced today that he has accepted the resignation of Dr. Dave McRuer, who, for the last seven years has been the Director of Veterinary Services at the world-renown teaching hospital for wildlife and conservation medicine. Dr. McRuer, and his wife Dr. Martha Mellish (an equine veterinarian) have both accepted positions in Canada, where both are from.

In announcing McRuer’s pending departure, Clark pointed to the many accomplishments “of which Dave should feel justifiably proud.” Among the major successes were the establishment of a postdoctoral fellowship in conservation and wildlife medicine, the launch of the Center’s WILD-ONe database (which allows wildlife care centers around the world to collect wildlife health information that can be compiled and analyzed), and the dramatic expansion of the Wildlife Center’s outdoor animal holding areas, including one of the largest and most sophisticated black bear rearing and rehabilitation facilities in North America. “Dave has also been very active in the leadership of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (the professional association for the wildlife rehabilitation profession) by serving on the board, editing publications, participating in the veterinary committee, and coordinating the well-known NWRA wildlife medicine short-course. He also authored or co-authored 10 peer-reviewed papers, six book chapters, and many articles for the wildlife rehabilitation community. ”

McRuer will remain at his Wildlife Center post until March, completing various projects before joining his wife and son, Keith, on Prince Edward Island, where he will be working for the Forest, Fish and Wildlife Division of the Provincial Government.

“Of course, we are sorry to see Dave and his family leave Virginia,” said Clark, “but it is completely understandable that they want to raise their young son closer to his grandparents and extended family. Both Dave and Martha have also been offered very exciting opportunities to extend their careers and professional accomplishments. We have every expectation of remaining in close touch; we look forward to working with Dave in his new role in Canada. We wish them well, and hope to hear great things from both of them.”

The Center is already working to identify McRuer’s replacement. It is anticipated that a new Director of Veterinary Services will be named prior to McRuer’s ultimate departure date.