Dr. PJ Deitschel resigns after 12 years at CROW
Last Friday, Steve Greenstein, executive director for the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) announced that longtime clinic director and staff veterinarian, Dr. PJ Deitschel, submitted her resignation, effective July 23.
In a letter addressed "To my CROW family and friends," Dr. Deitschel explained that she would be leaving the Sanibel facility in order to join the Gulf oil spill emergency wildlife response team, noting that she felt, "both personally and professionally, this is a path I must follow."
"CROW has been my passion for 12 years and will always hold a very special place in my heart," her July 16 letter reads, in part. "It’s been a joy and honor to serve our wildlife patients and work with such a truly amazing group of people."
According to Greenstein, when he and Dr. Deitschel met last week, they agreed that her statement would also stand as CROW’s official statement on her departure.
"Dr. PJ is a very private and professional person," he said Wednesday morning. "We intend to honor her request."
On Tuesday, Dr. Deitschel submitted her personal press release to local media.
"It is with sadness I’ve resigned my position as clinic director/staff veterinarian at Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife," she wrote. "CROW has been my passion for 12 years and it will always hold a very special place in my heart. It’s been a joy and honor to serve our wildlife patients and work with such a truly amazing group of people. I’m grateful my skills and passion are needed with the Gulf oil spill wildlife emergency response team and I look forward to this opportunity to advocate for animals in a different capacity. My heartfelt thanks to this community for your wonderful support and kind words throughout the years."
Anyone wishing to contact Dr. Deitschel is encouraged to do so by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 239-233-0708.
Greenstein added that the organization has not yet made any arrangements to fill Dr. Deitschel’s vacant position at the clinic.
"Currently, we have more than 200 patients being treated at CROW," he said. "Wildlife is coming in every day. Right now, Dr. Amber McNamara is leading our effort to save those lives."