Dr. Clay WilsonName: Dr. Clay Wilson
Date of Death: December 20, 2013
Age at death: 57
Dr. Clay Wilson, DVM, 57, Bradenton, passed away Dec. 20, 2013. Clay was born on July 17, 1957 in Johannesburg, South Africa to the late Erwin Robin and Thelma Marie (Scott) Wilson. Clay moved to Mexico with his family at the age of two until returning to the Republic of South Africa eleven years later.
He graduated in 1979 from the University of Florida with a degree in Zoology and furthered his education by graduating in 1987 from the Onderstepoort Veterinary Hospital at the University of Pretoria in Pretoria, South Africa. Clay moved to Manatee County in the early 1990’s and was the former owner of Beach Veterinary Clinic in Bradenton for 17 years, where he was considered a specialist in Orthopedics and small animal and exotics medicine.
He moved to Botswana to operate and volunteer as the Primary Wildlife Veterinarian for the Department of Wildlife and National Parks in Kasane for 5 Years. He also served as a Veternarian and Honorary Game Warden for the Chobe National Park in Botswana, South Africa until 2011 when he returned to the States. While in South Africa he had the honor of doing a documentary of the National Park with Jack Hanna of the Animal Planet. He also was well known in Botswana for providing once a year a free clinic day to provide Rabies vaccination for the local dog owners at no charge to help control and prevent Rabies in the area.
Following his return to the States he continued his work of saving the local wildlife in Kenya and established a Mobile Veterinary Unit with the Kenya Wildlife Services. He is also a worldwide wildlife consultant through his non-profit organization of International Wildlife Rescue. He just recently this summer published his book “BushVet in South Africa” based on his experiences.
Dr. Wilson is survived by two brothers; Dr. Graham Wilson M.D. of Henderson, NV, and Wayne Wilson of Tucson, AZ and many extended family members and friends.
A celebration of Dr. Wilson’s life will be held at 1 P.M. on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. The family request no flowers. Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.