Dr. Dennis R Wood, DVM
Dennis Raymond Wood was born in Lancaster, California , he is the second to the oldest of ten children. He received his Bachelor's degree in 1975 from the University of California ,Davis in Zoology/Wildlife biology, graduating Phi Beta Kappa.
He received his Veterinary degree in 1980 from the University of California, Davis, graduating Phi Zeta.
He married Elizabeth "Becky" Sleeper in September 1979. Together they purchased the bankrupt veterinary hospital ,then named Northcrest Veterinary Clinic in 1982. Dr. Wood and Becky worked tirelessly to achieve American Animal Hospital Accreditation in 1991. After a major hospital expansion and remodel, All Creatures Animal Hospital and Bird Clinic was named 1996 Veterinary Hospital of the Year: First Runner-Up for North America.
Dr.Wood was voted Young Man of the Year-Del Norte County in 1986.He was an active member on the founding board of the Del Norte Humane Society.
Dr.Wood has provided wildlife care for thousands of injured and ill wild animals from Del Norte, Humboldt and Curry counties on a pro-bono basis, including raptors, shore birds,deer, bear and cougar cubs, beaver, otters, turtles...
Together with David Edgar and Charles Tweed ,he founded the Northcoast Marine Mammal Center in 1984. Dr.Wood has served continuously as the Medical Director/Veterinarian in a volunteer status since the NMMC's inception. Dr.Wood and the NMMC are part of the National Marine Fisheries Marine Mammal Rehabilitation Network. Dr. Wood participates regularly in continuing education regarding marine mammal health and rehabilitation. In the past ten years Dr.Wod has had an active role in large whale disentanglement off the coast of Del Norte and Humboldt counties. He is now a member of the Large Whale disentanglement Network, and has under gone extensive training in Maui, Bodega Bay and Monterey Bay.