Dr. Valery Drenning
Dr. Drenning was a valued member of our CVM community and the Class of 2010. Her contributions to the college and the profession of veterinary medicine have made a lasting impact. She will continue to be remembered fondly and missed dearly.
Dr. Valery Rebecca Drenning, DVM, 32, of Hemet, California, formerly of Saxton, died at her home on July 12, 2015 as a result of complications from an automobile accident in May, 2015. Born in Bedford, PA on November 13, 1982, she was the daughter of Richard and Cindy (Barber) Drenning of Saxton. Paternal Grandparents, the late Willard and Kathryn Drenning and Maternal Grandparents, the late Harold Barber and loving grandmother, Fayetta Barber of Defiance. She is survived by a sister, Christina Drenning of California, and a brother, Jeremy Drenning of Saxton, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends as well as her pets Honey, Pickles, and Kia. Valery was a member of the Grace Brethren Church and was a 2001 graduate of Tussey Mountain High School where she was Co-Valedictorian. Her education continued with attending Allegheny Community College in Everett, Moorpark College in California where she received her Associates of Science in Exotic Animal Training, Wildlife Conservation, and Education and Animal Behavior. Valery also attended Virginia Tech where she received her Bachelors of Science and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Drenning had extensive training with exotic animals. Her professional interests included exotic medicine and surgery, soft tissue surgery, emergency medicine, and internal medicine. She volunteered at Deborah O’Shell’s Exotic Animal and Animal Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Bellwood from the age of 13 to 18. She loved animals, nature, and educating others on the care of animals and the enviroment. She was employed by Arlington Animal Hospital, Inc. in Riverside California. Her professional associations included, AVMA, CVMA and Omidron Delta Kappa. Dr. Drenning volunteered in Sumatra with the Orangutan Health Project, also in Thailand at the Elephant Rescue Camp, and in Panama at various animal shelters. In her spare time Valery enjoyed, hiking, painting, kayaking, skydiving, and spending time with her sister, Christina.