James Haberfield, BSc, BVMS, PGCBM, MANZCVS (Unusual Pets, Avian Health)

James Haberfield is the founder, director and a current veterinarian at Unusual Pet Vets in Australia with clinics in Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane. Dr. Haberfield earned a Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVMS) as well as a post-graduate certificate in business management (PGCBM) from Murdoch University…

Joanne Sheen, BVM&S CertZooMed DABVP (Exotic Companion Mammals)

Jo Sheen is an associate veterinarian at Sydney Exotics and Rabbit Vets and she consults as a primary accession and referral exotic animal medicine veterinarian at Veterinary Specialist & Emergency Centre North Shore in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Sheen graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2004, and gained her postgraduate qualification in zoological and exotic medicine in 2008…

Brian Stacy, DVM, PhD, DACVP

Brian Stacy earned his DVM from the University of Georgia at Athens before completing an Anatomic Pathology Residency at the University of California at Davis and the Zoological Society of San Diego…

Richard S. Funk, MA, DVM

Dr. Richard Funk completed a master’s degree in zoology with a thesis in herpetology. He then earned his DVM at the Ohio State University. Dr. Funk has been very active in the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, having served as the 2003-2004 President and co-chairman of the Legislation and Welfare Committee. He has also served on the ARAV publications editorial board and he has organized and led a number of wet labs at ARAV annual conferences. Dr. Funk has a number of publications in veterinary medicine, mostly on reptiles, including chapters in all three volumes of the Mader Reptile Medicine and Surgery texts.

Louisa Asseo DVM DABVP (Canine/Feline Practice)

Louisa Asseo graduated from the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. She has worked in private practices in the Bay and Sacramento areas of California since graduation, focusing on both general practice and emergency medicine. In addition to cats and dogs, her practice focuses on medicine and surgery for reptiles, exotic companion mammals, poultry, and miniature pigs. In 2016, she founded Oasis Veterinary Hospital in the east San Francisco Bay area of California…

Chris Hanley, DVM, DACZM

Dr. Chris Hanley became a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine in 2006. After seven years at the Toledo Zoo, three as an associate and four years as the Director of Animal Health and Nutrition, he moved to the Saint Louis Zoo as a staff veterinarian. In 2019, he became the Assistant Director of Animal Health.

Shannon Martinson, DVM, MVSc, DACVP

Dr. Shannon Martinson is an Assistant Professor in Anatomic Pathology in the Department of Pathology and Microbiology at the Atlantic Veterinary College of the University of Prince Edward Island. Dr. Martinson is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathology and the author of several publications…

Giacomo Rossi, DVM, PhD, MS, DECZM (WHP), EBVS

Dr. Giacomo Rossi is a Full Professor of General Pathology, Physiopathology, and Immunopathology at the University of Camerino (Italy). He serves as the Director of the Animal Pathology Laboratory. Giacomo is the author and editor of several books related to avian and exotic animal medicine and he has published over 300 scientific and veterinary papers. He is also a known national and international speaker on topics related to the pathology and medicine of pet birds, zoo animals and wildlife.

Thomas M. Donnelly, DVM, MS, DACLAM, DABVP (Exotic Companion Mammal Practice), DECZM

Dr. Tom Donnelly currently works at the French National Veterinary School in Paris where he is a Research Professor and co-service head of the exotic animal service. Tom is the author of over 100 scientific and clinical publications, including chapters in “Ferrets, Rabbits and Rodents: Clinical Medicine Surgery” and co-editor of “Veterinary Clinical Advisor: Birds and Exotic Pets.”

Todd Driggers, DVM

Todd Driggers is a 1994 graduate of Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, he interned at the Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic in Indianapolis and he eventually moved to Arizona, starting the exotic practice at Mesa Veterinary Hospital. In 1996, he started Arizona’s first exclusive exotic animal practice, serving clients and small zoos. Currently, he has both a mobile practice and a stationary three-doctor practice, The Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic of Arizona…

Lorenzo Crosta med vet, PhD, GP Cert (Exotic Animal), DECZM, EBVS

Lorenzo Crosta med vet, PhD, GP Cert (Exotic Animal), Diplomate ECZM, EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Zoo Health Management is an Associate Professor of Avian and Zoological Medicine at the University of Sydney School of Veterinary Science, Australia. He serves as the Director of the Avian, Reptile, and Exotic Pet Hospital, and in 2019 he was named the TJ Lafeber Avian Practitioner of the Year. Dr. Crosta earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine…

Jessica Elbert, DVM

Dr. Jessica Elbert received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 2018. She is currently an Anatomic Pathology Resident and PhD student at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine with special interest in zoo and exotic animal species and paramyxoviruses.

Jessica Comolli , DVM

Dr. Jessica Comolli received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a zoological medicine internship at Iowa State University and is currently a zoological medicine resident at the University of Georgia…

Nobuko Wakamatsu-Utsuki, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACPV

Nobuko Wakamatsu-Utsuki is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences and the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Wakamatsu-Utsuki has a special interest in avian pathology and poultry medicine. Her research interests focus on avian diseases, particularly the pathogenesis of infectious diseases and she has published extensively on these topics…

Valarie Tynes, DVM, DACVB, DACAW

Valarie Tynes owns Premier Veterinary Behavior Consulting in Sweetwater, Texas. Dr. Tynes is a native of Fort Worth, Texas and she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1987 from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine. After several years in private practice, Valarie completed a residency in clinical animal behavior at the University of California at Davis in 2003. Her special interests include miniature pigs and other exotic pets as well as animal behavior. Dr. Tynes is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and a frequent speaker at professional meetings around the world.

Alicia McLaughlin, DVM

Alicia McLaughlin completed a veterinary internship in exotic animal medicine at The Center for Bird & Exotic Animal Medicine in Bothell, Washington and she is now an associate veterinarian at this practice. Dr. McLaughlin has been involved in veterinary research and leadership throughout her career, and has authored or co-authored articles in both professional journals and national conference proceedings. Dr. McLaughlin is passionate about providing low-stress veterinary visits for all of her patients. She is a certified Fear FreeTM veterinarian and is spearheading the development of an avian-focused Fear Free™ course.

Renée Schott, DVM, CWR

Renée Schott is the Medical Director and a Senior Veterinarian at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota (WRCMN), one of the largest rehabilitation centers in the country. Renée has been involved in wildlife rehabilitation for over 15 years and she has worked at WRCMN for over 10 years. Additionally, Renée is involved in teaching courses at the University of Minnesota-College of Veterinary Medicine and she is a Course Instructor for the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council.

Kristie Mozzachio, DVM, DACVP, CVA

Kristie Mozzachio operates a mobile pet pig exclusive practice serving the states of North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. She provides consults on pet pigs as well as research mini pigs, both nationally and internationally. She also serves as a veterinary advisor for Ross Mill Farm & Piggy Camp and Refuge GroinGroin in France. Dr. Mozzachio has also lectured on mini pigs at numerous meetings, and most recently she has co-authored mini pig chapters in the Exotic Animal Formulary and Diseases of Swine.

Alejandro Morales, DVM, MS

Alejandro Morales earned his veterinary degree from San Carlos University in Guatemala City, with a master’s degree in One Health from Ross University. Dr. Morales has worked as the assistant director and veterinarian for the ARCAS Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Petén, Guatemala since 2007.

Tim Reichard, DVM

Dr. Tim Reichard is the owner of Dr. Tim’s Wildlife and Exotics Care in Toledo, Ohio. Dr. Reichard obtained his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University in 1980…

Olivia Petritz, DVM, DACZM

Olivia Petritz earned her doctorate at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. She then completed a small animal medicine and surgery residency at a specialty hospital in San Diego, California followed by an exotic animal internship at Gulf Coast Avian and Exotics in Houston, Texas. Dr. Petritz then completed a 3-year residency in companion exotic animals and zoo medicine at the University of California, Davis. She achieved board certification in November 2013. Olivia then started an exotic animal medicine service at a large specialty hospital in Los Angeles. She worked in California for 3 years before becoming an Assistant Clinical Professor at North Carolina State University.

Anke Stöhr, med. vet., ZB Reptilien

Anke Stöhr is a 2017-2020  Zoological Medicine Resident and masters student at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine…

Mariana Pardo, MV, BVSc, DACVECC

Mariana Pardo is a board-certified Emergency and Critical Care specialist at Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island. Dr. Pardo earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2009 from the Universidad Mayor in Santiago, Chile. She finished two emergency and critical care internships at the University of Georgia (UGA) and then the University of Florida. She recently completed her emergency and critical residency at Cornell University and she has a strong interest in exotic critical care medicine…

Lucile Chassang, DVM, IPSAV

Dr. Lucile Chassang graduated from Alfort National Veterinary School (France) in 2013. After 1 year of small animal practice, she performed a 1-year zoological medicine internship in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Montreal, in Saint Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada. In 2015, she joined Dr. Minh Huynh ‘s team at Fregis Veterinary Hospital […]

Edward Ramsay, DVM, DACZM

Dr. Ramsay completed a residency at the University of California at Davis in zoological medicine and is board-certified in zoological medicine…

Kirk Suedmeyer, DVM, DACZM

Dr. Kirk Suedmeyer is the Director of Animal Health and Research at the Kansas City Zoo in Kansas City, Missouri, where he has worked since 1992. Dr. Suedmeyer is a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine and Past-President of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (2012-2013) and the Association of Reptile and Amphibian […]

Kathy Duncan

Kathy Duncan has been an active wildlife rehabilitator with Pacific Wildlife Care (PWC) since 1999. Ms. Duncan previously served on the PWC Board of Directors for 7 years and she has been Education Director since 2006. Kathy is currently a staff rehabilitation technician at PWC’s wildlife clinic, where she has worked since its opening in 2007…

Miguel Saggese, DVM, MSc, PhD

Miguel Saggese, DVM, MSc, PhD joined Western University of Health Sciences in 2007 as an assistant professor in microbiology and avian diseases. He obtained his veterinary degree in 1995 at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2004, Dr. Saggese completed a 3-year residency and a masters program at The Raptor Center, University of Minnesota. During these years, he studied the effect of West Nile virus (WNV) on birds of prey and the efficacy of WNV vaccines. Between 2004 and 2007, his research focused on avian tuberculosis while completing his Ph.D. in microbiology at The Schubot Center, Texas A&M University.

Michael Kent, DVM, DACVIM, DACVR

Dr. Michael S. Kent is an assistant professor in the department of surgery and radiology at the University of California at Davis (UCD) School of Veterinary Medicine…

Michael E. Comella

Michael E. Comella is a reptile rehabilitator and director of Wichita Falls Reptile Rescue…

Marla Lichtenberger, DVM, DACVECC

Dr. Marla Lichtenberger was a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Dr. Lichtenberger completed an internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City and a residency at the Animal Emergency Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Marla was a frequent international speaker on emergency and critical care for small animals and exotics, as well as a published researcher. She was formerly the owner of Milwaukee Animal Emergency Center for Animals, a critical care facility offering 24-hour care to not only dogs and cats but also reptiles, small mammals, birds and other exotic animals.

Mark Mitchell, MS, DVM, PhD

Mark A. Mitchell received his DVM in 1992 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MS in clinical epidemiology with an emphasis on wildlife medicine from the University of Illinois in 1997…

Liz Wilson, CVT, CPBC

Liz Wilson was a certified veterinary technician and a certified parrot behavior consultant, with over 30 years of experience specializing in avian and exotic animal care…

Laurie Hess, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Dr. Laurie Hess is a board-certified avian specialist and owner of Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills, New York. Dr. Hess received her DVM from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and interned at the Animal Medical Center in New York city…

Larry Nemetz, MS, DVM

Dr. Larry Nemetz received a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of California at Davis and a Master’s in veterinary anatomy.

Kitty Remington, DVM

Kitty Remington, DVM was granted Diplomate status in the avian specialty by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners from 2001-2010…

Keven Flammer, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Dr. Keven Flammer is a professor in Companion and Wild Avian Medicine at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Flammer is board-certified in avian practice…

Kenneth Latimer, DVM, PhD, DACVP

Dr. Kenneth S. Latimer is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Pathology at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and a research veterinary clinical pathologist at Covance Laboratories, Inc. in Madison, Wisconsin…

Kenneth Drobatz, DVM, MSCE, DACVIM, DACVECC

Dr. Kenneth J. Drobatz received his veterinary degree from the University of California at Davis in 1985 and a Masters of Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003…

Julia Ponder, DVM

Dr. Dr. julia PonderJulia Ponder is a 1984 graduate of the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine…

Jose Biascoechea, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Dr. Jose Biascoechea is board-certified in avian medicine and surgery. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, he proceeded with his graduate studies in Kansas State University and maintained a mobile veterinary practice for seven years before founding Birds and Exotics Animal Care in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina since July 2000…

Jody Nugent-Deal, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia), VTS (Exotic Companion Animal)

Jody Nugent-Deal is a registered veterinary technician and a veterinary technician specialist in anesthesia/analgesia and clinical practice – exotic companion animal. Jody has worked for the University of California at Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital since 1999, working in the Companion Exotics Department for 10 years and currently the Small Animal Anesthesia Department, where she is the supervisor. Ms. Nugent-Deal is a founding member of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice and is the executive secretary for the group as well as the appeals committee chair. Jody is an active member with the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia having served on the nominations, credentials and appeals committees.

Joanne Moeller, LVT

Joanne Moeller has enjoyed working as a Licensed Veterinary Technician for the last 35 years…

Jeffrey Applegate, DVM

Dr. Jeffrey Applegate is an associate veterinarian in the Avian and Exotics Department of the Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital…

Jeannine Miesle, MA

Jeannine Miesle has gained practical avian experience over the years caring for birds she has adopted and rescued…

Jeanette Wyneken, PhD

Jeanette Wyneken, Ph.D is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University, where she has worked since 2000. Dr. Wyneken’s focus is integrative biology, comparative anatomy, and functional morphology and she has studied sea turtles for over 30 years. Jeanette earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1988. She is a member of the International Sea Turtle Society, the Society for Integrative Biology, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, and the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.

Jay Johnson, DVM

Dr. Jay Johnson is the founder of Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital in Mesa, Arizona…

James G. Fox, DVM

Dr. James G. Fox is director and professor of the Division of Comparative Medicine and a professor in the Department of Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology…

Isabelle Langlois, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Dr. Isabelle Langlois is a clinical instructor at the Université de Montréal in Quebec, Canada. Dr. Langlois completed an internship at the University of Saskatchewan and a residency in avian and exotic animal medicine at the University of Tennessee…

Ian Tizard, BVMS, PhD, DACVM

Ian Tizard, BVMS, PhD, ACVM, ScD, is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists and a Distinguished Professor of Immunology at Texas A&M University (TAMU).

Ilze Berzins, DVM, PhD

Dr. Ilze Berzins works as an aquatic health consultant through One World, One Water, One Health, LLC. She most recently served as the Executive Vice President for Animal Health, Conservation, and Research at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago…

Heidi Hoefer, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Dr. Heidi Hoefer is a 1987 graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center (AMC) in New York in 1987…

Heather Darbo-McClellan, CVT, VTS (Emergency and Critical Care)

Heather Darbo-McClellan completed a veterinary technology program at Snead State Community College and she is certified as a veterinary technician specialist in Emergency and Critical Care (ECC). Heather has worked at the University of Alabama/Birmingham as well as the Animal Emergency Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Heather currently pursues her love for veterinary technology by running HDM CVT Consulting, which provides veterinary hospitals with technical staff relief coverage as well as continuing education and in-house training for veterinary nurses. Heather has also presented lectures at veterinary technology programs throughout the United States.

Gretchen Cole, DVM, DACZM

Dr. Gretchen Cole completed internships in avian and exotic animal medicine at Gulf Coast Avian and Exotics Veterinary Specialists and in zoological medicine at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine…

Evelyn Ivey, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Dr. Evelyn Ivey practices at Four Corners Veterinary Hospital in Concord, California. She graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University and received her veterinary degree from the University of California at Davis…

Eric Klaphake, DVM, DACZM, DABVP (Avian Practice), DABVP (Reptile & Amphibian Practice)

After having been in exotics/small animal practice for many years, Dr. Eric Klaphake is the Associate Veterinarian at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Eric is a Past-President of the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians. He serves as the Reptile-Amphibian American Board of Veterinary Practitioners Regent as well as Session Chair for the Reptile Sessions at the North American Veterinary Conference.

Elinor Granzow, DVM

Dr. Elinor Granzow is an associate veterinarian at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. Elinor completed an internship in small medicine and surgery at Red Bank…

Craig Harms, DVM, Dipl. ACZM

Dr. Craig Harms is an Associate Professor in Aquatic, Wildlife, and Zoological Medicine at North Carolina State University (NCSU) College of Veterinary Medicine and a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM)…

Connie Kirk, DVM

Dr. Connie Kirk is the Medical Director at VCA Animal Care Center in Norfolk, Viriginia…

Christina Petzinger

Christina Petzinger s a Master of Science student in the Intercollegiate Faculty of Nutrition at Texas A&M University. She is currently studying under Dr. J. Jill Heatley and Dr. John E. Bauer…

Charly Pignon, DVM, DECZM (Small Mammal)

Charly Pignon is a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine (Small Mammal) and a board member of Yaboumba, a French association for continuing education in exotic and wild animals. Charly graduated in 2005 from Alfort National Veterinary School in Maisons-Alfort, France. In 2009, Charly completed an exotic animal medicine internship at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and when he returned to France he created the Exotic Medicine Service at Alfort National Veterinary School. Dr. Pignon is also the Immediate Past President (2017-2018) of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians.

Catherine Brown DVM, MSc, MPH

Dr. Catherine Brown DVM, MSc, MPH received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota after which she completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship…

Carolyn Cray, PhD

Dr. Carolyn Cray is a Professor of Clinical Pathology and holds a secondary appointment in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine…

Brenda Wallace-Adams

Brenda Wallace-Adams has worked for Lafeber Company since 2005, where one of her many duties is to answer Ask Lafeber questions on our sister site, Lafeber.com Pet Birds. Brenda practiced as a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in Texas for over 10 years…

Beverly Rayman

Beverly Rayman has been a student of biology in one form or another throughout her entire life. She has a degree in biology with an ecology concentration from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland and has worked as an environmental biologist for the state of Maryland Water Quality Monitoring Division…

Anthony Pilny, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Dr. Anthony Pilny heads the Department of Avian and Exotic Pets at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Pilny completed an internship at Florida Veterinary Specialists in Tampa, Florida…

Anna McRee, DVM

Dr. Anna McRee is currently the Zoological Medicine Intern at Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. McRee graduated with her DVM from the University of Tennessee in 2014, with honors in promoting the field of nondomestic animal medicine…

Sean Perry, DVM

Sean Perry is a PhD candidate at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. His dissertation topic focuses on the development of artificial reproductive technologies in captive reptiles as a translational model for endangered species….

Erik Hofmeister, DVM, MA, MS, DACVAA, DECVAA

Dr. Erik Hofmeister is a board-certified anesthesiologist, a Diplomate of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia. Originally from Los Angeles, he received his DVM degree from Washington State University in 2000. He did an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery and the Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura, […]

Leigh Ann Clayton, DVM, DABVP (Avian), DABVP (Reptilian/Amphibian)

Leigh Ann Clayton is Vice President of Animal Care and Welfare at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland. Leigh earned an undergraduate degree in political science from Bryn Mawr College, then obtained a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University in 1997…

Eva Strüve, DVM

Eva Strüve (née Schuster) is a veterinarian for exotic animals and is specialized on reptiles and amphibians. After her graduation from the University of veterinary medicine (foundation) she worked at the department for small mammals, reptiles and amphibians for 3,5 years…