Ed Clark, President and Co-Founder of the Wildlife Center of Virginia, today announced that Dr. Ernesto Dominguez-Villegas, the Center’s Hospital Director, will be leaving the Center to pursue a new professional opportunity in the private sector of veterinary medicine. Dr. Ernesto has served as Hospital Director since May of 2017. In that time, the Center has provided state-of-the-art veterinary treatment to some 10,000 animals, and trained scores of veterinary students from around the world. The Center wishes Dr. Ernesto every success with his new opportunities and challenges, and in his personal and professional endeavors.
Dr. Karra Pierce, who has been a member of the Wildlife Center’s staff since 2018, will be assuming the role of Interim Hospital Director following Dr. Ernesto’s departure. Dr. Karra is currently the Center’s Research Fellow, an advanced professional training role she filled under the mentorship of Dr. Ernesto. Even prior to going to vet school at Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Karra was a wildlife rehabilitator in her native Canada.
Dr. Ernesto will remain at the Center until the end of August, and the Center expects a seamless transition. Dr. Karra will assume the leadership of the Wildlife Center’s three-veterinarian medical team on September 1. The Wildlife Center is confident that this transition will not in any way interrupt the provision of state-of-the-art care for injured and orphaned wildlife, or the Center’s professional training programs. While the shift in leadership will be a change for the Center and the veterinary department, change is a part of the Wildlife Center of Virginia. In our 38-year history, the Center has used such transitions to re-examine program priorities to move the organization forward, often in new directions.