Natasha Omar

Natasha Omar was born in Nairobi, Kenya, where she lived for 10 years, before moving to Canada in 2012. Since childhood, Natasha has been exposed to all kinds of creatures, from elephants to our beloved domestic pets. Natasha has worked as a veterinary medical assistant in general practice for 4 years and she is now in the process of becoming a registered veterinary technician…

Marianne Wikdahl, RVT

Marianne Wikdahl graduated with a Bachelor of Science with honors in Veterinary Nursing and Practice Administration from the University of Bristol (UK) in 2011….In 2017, Marianne returned to her home country Norway, and is currently working at Sveberg Dyrehospital, a small animal clinic outside of Trondheim. Marianne has a special interest in exotic mammal medicine and has worked with a wide range of exotic species throughout her career so far. She is currently studying the Advanced Programme in Veterinary Nursing of Small Mammals (Girling & Fraser), which she aims to complete in 2022.

Marco Di Giuseppe, DVM, PhD, GPCert (ExAP)

Marco Di Giuseppe currently works as freelance veterinarian in many clinics in Palermo (Italy) offering referral services in rabbit medicine. In the meantime, he is completing a program at the Italian Post-graduate Veterinary School of the Universityof Naples (Italy) to receive the title of Italian Specialist in Laboratory Animals. In 2014, Dr. Di Giuseppe obtained the […]

Anneliese Strunk, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Anneliese Strunk is the Residency Director and a senior associate at The Center for Bird & Exotic Animal Medicine in Bothell, Washington. Dr. Strunk obtained her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University in 1995, graduating Magna Cum Laude from TAMU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. Anneliese spent her first year out of school as an associate at the Research Boulevard Pet and Bird Hospital in Austin, Texas, seeing small animal and exotic cases. Dr. Strunk then completed an internship in exotic animal, wildlife and zoo medicine at the. University of Georgia in 2002, followed by a 3-year residency in companion avian and exotic pet medicine at the University of California at Davis. After completing her residency, Dr. Strunk moved across the country to…

Alyssa Scagnelli, DVM

Alyssa Scagnelli is an associate veterinarian at the Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic (AEAC) in Mesa, Arizona. Dr. Scagnelli earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. After graduation, she completed two academic internships at Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Veterinary Medicine. Her last year at LSU was entirely devoted to companion, wildlife, zoo, and aquarium medicine and conservation. In addition to working at AEAC, Dr. Scagnelli is also adjunct faculty at Midwestern University School of Veterinary Medicine…

Byron de la Navarre, DVM

Byron de la Navarre is chief of staff at Animal House of Chicago, Complete Veterinary Care, which he opened in 2000. Byron attended Cornell University as an undergraduate, where he completed Honors Research in the captive husbandry and breeding of peregrine falcons at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Byron then attended the veterinary college at Cornell, earning his DVM degree in 1990. While in veterinary school, he externed at over 12 zoos in North & Central America, Europe, and Israel. After completing an internship, Dr. de la Navarre worked in private practice, including Niles Animal Hospital & Bird Medical Center in the Chicago area…

Charles Cummings, DVM CertAqV

Charles Cummings is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Tufts University Clinical and Translational Science Institute, where he focuses on the clinical and epidemiological aspects of zoonotic disease, particularly at the interface of humans and wildlife. From July 2019 to June 2020, Dr. Cummings served as a zoological medicine intern at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Charles earned his Doctorate from Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2019…

Sue Chen, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Dr. Patricia (Sue) Chen is board certified in Avian Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and is the department lead for the avian and exotics department at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Chen earned her DVM from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, where she created a specialized veterinary curriculum track focused on […]

Brenna Fitzgerald, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Dr. Brenna Fitzgerald is currently an associate veterinarian at Homestead Animal Hospital in Centennial, Colorado as well as the owner of Avian Exclusive Veterinary Consultation. Dr. Fitzgerald is a 2007 graduate of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine. She then worked as an associate veterinarian in a private, multi-doctor practice in Dallas, Texas, where she practiced small animal, avian, and exotic animal medicine. Dr. Fitzgerald then completed both a clinical internship and residency at the Medical Center for Birds in Oakley, California. She earned Diplomate status through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in avian practice in 2012…

John Chitty BVetMed CertZooMed MRCVS

Dr. John Chitty is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine. He qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1990 and gained a RCVS Certificate in Zoological Medicine in 2000. Dr. Chitty is co-director of a small animal/exotics practice in Andover, Hampshire UK with a 100% avian/exotics/small mammal caseload, both referral and first opinion. He is consultant to seven zoological collections, a commercial laboratory, and the Great Bustard Reintroduction project. Dr. Chitty has co-edited three texts on avian medicine, one on rabbit surgery, and he is co-author of a textbook on tortoise medicine…

Kevin R. Kazacos, DVM, PhD, DACVM

Kevin Kazacos is Professor Emeritus of Veterinary Parasitology and former Director of Clinical Parasitology at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Kazacos earned a BS in biology in 1971 from the State University of New York at Albany, a PhD in parasitology in 1974 from the University of Notre Dame, and a DVM in 1979 from Purdue University. He served on the faculty of Purdue University from 1979 to 2014, where he enjoyed teaching veterinary and graduate students…

Carla Christman, DVM

Carla Christman is the owner of Healthy Pet Veterinary Clinic in Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. Christman is a 1996 graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. While she began her veterinary career at a large animal hospital, Dr. Christman opened her small animal practice in 2001. Dr. Christman is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, Dane County Veterinary Medical Association, the American Ferret Association, and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV). Dr. Christman currently serves as the Chairperson of the AEMV Student Committee…

Shachar Malka, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Shachar Malka is the medical director of Long Island Bird & Exotics Veterinary Clinic. He has more than 20 years of experience working with birds, exotic species, and wildlife. After earning his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Dr. Malka completed an internship at the University of Guelph, Canada and a 3-year residency program at the University of California at Davis in avian and exotic pet medicine and surgery. Dr. Malka’s professional interests include advanced anesthesia, minimally invasive surgery, such as endoscopic surgery, and advanced imaging…

Janina A. Krumbeck, PhD

Janina Krumbeck is the director of MiDOG LLC and is leading the efforts to bring novel diagnostic tools to veterinarians to improve the diagnosis of infectious diseases in companion animals. Using molecular DNA sequencing to understand the animal microbiome, Dr. Krumbeck has published several peer-reviewed manuscripts on the microbiome of pets in health and disease. She earned her PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in cell and molecular biology with an emphasis on microbial gastrointestinal ecology. Dr. Krumbeck has been studying the interaction between microbes and their hosts for over 10 years in order to understand how they specifically affect health and disease…

Natasha S. Holden, MSc

Natasha Holden graduated from Boston University in 2018 with a degree in biological anthropology and a minor in biology. Natasha went on to earn a Master of Science (MSc) in Global Health and Development from University College London, where she gained research and coursework experience in microbiome health. Currently, Holden is a research intern at MiDOG LLC…

Marcy J. Souza, DVM, MPH, MPPA, DABVP (Avian Practice), DACVPM

Marcy Souza is a Professor of Veterinary Public Health and Wildlife Medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Maryland, then earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University (2004) and a Master of Public Health at UT (2008). Marcy became of Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Avian Practice) in 2007 and she also completed a 3-year clinical residency in avian and zoological medicine. Dr. Souza also became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine in 2010…

Stephen Kania, PhD

Stephen Kania received his Master’s degree in microbiology from Washington State University in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology. He earned his PhD in veterinary infectious diseases from the University of Florida and joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. He has combined his interests in molecular […]

Thomas H. Boyer, DVM, DABVP (Reptile and Amphibian Practice)

Thomas Boyer earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. Dr. Boyer co-founded the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians in 1991 and he started and served as editor for the Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery for 18 years. Dr. Boyer also helped establish and became one of the first Diplomates of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Reptile and Amphibian Practice in 2011…

Tariq Abou-Zahr BVSc CertAVP (ZooMed) DECZM (Avian) MRCVS  EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Zoological Medicine (Avian Medicine & Surgery) 

Dr. Abou-Zahr is an avian and exotic veterinary surgeon from the United Kingdom, currently practicing at Valley Vets in Cardiff, Wales. He graduated from the University of Bristol in 2014 and gained the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice in Zoological Medicine in 2018. Tariq completed a 4-year combined internship and residency program at Great Western Exotic Vets in Swindon. He became board-certified by the European College of Zoological Medicine in the Avian Medicine and Surgery specialty in 2021.

Zalmir Silvino Cubas, DVM

Zalmir Silvino Cubas earned a master in veterinary sciences from the Federal University of Paraná (Brazil). Zalmir then served as both a staff veterinarian and chief veterinarian for the Curitiba Zoo, Brazil for 9 years. He also completed a residency in zoological medicine at the University of California at Davis. He then became the Director of the Parque das Aves Foz Tropicana, Brazil. Dr. Silvino Cubas has also served as the Director of the Department of Environment for the Municipality of Foz do Iguaçu and a veterinarian for the Três Fronteiras Conservation and Breeding Center, Foz do Iguaçu. Zalmir worked at the Itaipu Binacional company wildlife refuge, zoo and veterinary hospital from 2006 to 2020, in the areas of animal care, management, research and wildlife conservation. Dr. Silvino Cubas co-edited Biology, Medicine and Surgery of South American Wild Animals with Professor Murray Fowler…

Jessica Magnotti, DVM

Jessica Magnotti is completing a residency in avian medicine at Stahl Exotic Animal Veterinary Services. Jessica attended George Mason University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a concentration in microbiology in 2013. Throughout undergrad and for several years following, she worked as a veterinary technician at a small animal hospital. Dr. Magnotti graduated from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020…

Aneesa Malik MSc, BSc (Hons), RVN, Cert VNES, Cert VNECC

Aneesa is a registered veterinary nurse from the United Kingdom. She has worked in first opinion, charity, emergency, referral, exotics, and with some species of British wildlife. Her interests and learning aims within nursing is veterinary ethics and welfare. Specifically, her focus is the emergency and critical patient, the wildlife and exotic patient, animal pain, […]

Debbie L. Stoewen DVM, MSW, RSW, PhD

Dr. Debbie Stoewen is a licensed veterinarian and registered social worker with a PhD in the field of veterinary medical communication. With 25 years of practice experience, including being the founder and sole proprietor of a companion animal hospital, she is well-versed in the daily realities of veterinary practice. Debbie earned both her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Guelph. She also earned a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. Dr. Stoewen is an acclaimed animal health speaker, educator, and innovator…

Jessica Rosen

Jessica Rosen is a veterinary technology student at Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, California. Jessica won 2nd place in the Veterinary Technology Student division of the inaugural 2021 Veterinary Technology Contest.

Harley Swan

Harley A. Swan is a veterinary technology student at Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Harley won 1st place in the Technology Student division of the inaugural 2021 AEMV Veterinary Technology Contest.. 

Jovanna Berls, CVA, LVT

Jovanna Berls is a licensed veterinary technician at ABC Animal & Bird Clinic in Sugar Land, Texas. Jovanna won 3rd place in the Veterinary Technician division of the inaugural 2021 AEMV Veterinary Technology Contest.

Dylan Farr

…Dylan worked and learned under the acclaimed exotic animal veterinarian Douglas Mader, DABVP DABVP (Reptile) DECZM (Herpetology), learning about and treating many varying exotic species and becoming proficient in exotic species anesthesia. Currently, Dylan is a Technician Supervisor at Marathon Veterinary Hospital and he recently completed his Fear-Free certification.

Stefanie Kotschwar BScH (Zoology, Nutrition), MSc (Zoo Conservation), RVT

Stefanie Kotschwar is a registered veterinary technician that has worked at Lynwood Animal Hospital in Ottawa, ON, Canada since 2016. Prior to becoming an RVT in 2017, Stefanie obtained her Bachelor of Science with honors in zoology from the University of Guelph and her Masters of Sciences in zoo conservation biology from Plymouth University. While working as a veterinary assistant in Guelph, Stefanie did the Distance Education Veterinary Program through Cedar Valley College. She has a special interest in exotic medicine, nutrition, and emergency care. Her long term goal is to obtain Veterinary Technician Specialty in Clinical Practice (Exotic Medicine).

Jaime Samour MVZ (Honours), PhD, DECZM (Avian), FRSB

Jaime Samour has dedicated most of his professional life to falcon medicine. He graduated with Honours from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Veracruz University, Veracruz, Mexico in 1978. After a brief period of time working in private practice in El Salvador, he returned to Veracruz University and became an Associate Professor. In 1981, Jaime traveled to London to study and conduct research projects in reptile and avian medicine at the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London. He lso learned hematology under the supervision of Dr. Christine Hawkey and Mike Hart. He received his Doctorate degree in Avian Reproductive Biology from the Royal College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. Immediately afterwards, Jaime moved to the Middle East where he has worked ever since…

Bree Talbot, BVSc, MANZCVS

Bree Talbot joined the team at Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital in 2020, where she leads Australia’s largest Mobile Wildlife Hospital. Bree was previously an Associate Veterinarian at the University of Sydney’s Avian, Reptile, and Exotic Pet Hospital and the Wildlife Health and Conservation Centre, where she worked for 6 years. In 2015, Dr. Talbot became a Member and Examiner of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in medicine and surgery of unusual pets…

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.

Krista Keller, DVM, DACZM

Krista Keller is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Keller has also worked as an Avian and Exotics Telemedicine Specialist for Abaxis, Incorporated since 2014. Krista earned a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. She then completed an internship in companion animal medicine and surgery at Louisiana State University and a residency in zoological companion animal medicine at the University of California at Davis…

Susan Horton, DVM

Dr. Susan Horton owns Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital, which she established in 2000. Dr. Horton is also a consultant for the Veterinary Information Network, particularly for the amphibian and reptile board. Sue is a Past-President of the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians and an Editor for the Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery.
Dr. Horton has presented both nationally and internationally on exotic animal medicine and surgery. Dr. Horton has also been published in the Veterinary Clinics of North America, the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery, the Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery, and Invertebrate Biology.

Jason Crean, MS, EdD

Dr. Jason Crean currently teaches in the Department of Biological Sciences at Saint Xavier University-Chicago where he has instituted coursework like “Zoo Biology: Animal Nutrition, Behavior & Diagnostics.” Dr. Crean is also a zoo consultant, working with zoological institutions in the areas of nutrition, enrichment, and biologically-appropriate exhibit design. He currently serves as the Director of Science & Education at Indian Creek Zoo in Lambertville, Michigan but also consults for other institutions like the Chicago Nature Museum and the Wildlife Genetics Laboratory…

Christina Miller, RVT

Christina Miller is a Registered Veterinary Technologist working at Russell Lake Animal Hospital in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Christina has worked as a veterinary technician since 2004 while studying animal health technology at Vanier College. She graduated with honors in 2006 and was awarded the Prix D’Excellence by the Quebec Association of Animal Health Technicians in 2007 for her work promoting high quality medicine for exotic companion animals. Over the next decade, Christina returned to Vanier to teach reptile and amphibian care…

Douglas P. Whiteside, DVM, DVSc, DACZM, DECZM (ZHM)

Dr. Doug Whiteside is an Associate Professor of Conservation Medicine at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and the Senior Staff Veterinarian at the Calgary Zoo. He also is a member of the Wildlife Health & Ecology Research Group and an Adjunct Associate Professor in Biology at the University of Calgary. Doug is the amphibian taxon advisory group veterinarian for Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums and is a member of Alberta’s Amphibian and Reptile Specialist Group and the Northern Leopard Frog Recovery Team…

Ryan O’Shea, CVT

Ryan O’Shea is a certified veterinary technician and graduate of St. Petersburg College with a bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology. The majority of Ryan’s professional life has been focused on zoo animal health and well-being and he is active member of the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, having served as the veterinary technician liaison from 2011-2013…

Dario d’Ovidio, DVM, MS, SpecPACS, DECZM (Small Mammals)

Dario d’Ovidio is a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine (Small Mammals) and a European Board of Veterinary Specialisation European Veterinary Specialist in Small Mammal Medicine and Surgery. He has also been a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons since 2009. In 2009 he completed an externship in exotic animal medicine and surgery at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. d’Ovidio is currently the Head of the Avian and Exotic Pet Service at the Clinica Veterinaria Malpensa in Samarate, Italy. He is also a referral veterinarian for exotic pets in Naples and a visiting Professor at the Universities of Naples and Parma, Italy…

David Scott, DVM

Dr. David Scott has served as the Staff Veterinarian at the Carolina Raptor Center in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2008. Dr. Scott is the author of Raptor Medicine, Surgery, and Rehabilitation and The Red Tailed Hawk: A Surgical Dissection. He is also a software engineer and has developed the RaptorMed medical records software system, specifically designed for the medical management and husbandry of all types of animals…

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. In 2017, she became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Exotic Companion Mammal Practice. She is only the second Australian veterinarian to achieve these credentials.

Katie Lennox-Phillibeck

Katie Lennox-Phillibeck is a freelance video editor, videographer, and photographer. Katie graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Film and Video Studies.  Katie is also a veterinary assistant at the The Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic of Indianapolis, and she has worked for the clinic in some capacity for the last 17 years. She creates all of their educational videos and website. Some of her other regular clients include…

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

In 2019, Lorenzo Crosta was named the T.J. Lafeber Avian Practitioner of the Year. Dr. Crosta earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Milan in 1989. From 1990-1999, he worked in private practice in Milan, before serving as the Veterinary Director of Loro Parque in Tenerife, Spain from 2000 to 2005. Dr. Crosta also served as the Consulting Veterinarian to the Brazilian Government for the Spix’s and Lear’s Macaws Recovery Program from 2000-2014. After Loro Parque, Lorenzo returned to his homeland where he earned a Ph.D in Veterinary Clinical Sciences from the University of Turin in 2009…

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 in […]

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…

Natalie Antinoff, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Dr. Natalie Antinoff  is the owner of Antinoff Veterinary Services, which provides veterinary relief and consulting for various practices, primarily specialty facilities. Dr. Antinoff also provides veterinary care and guidelines for the large rattlesnake collection at BTG Pharmaceuticals and she also regularly provides scheduled per diem care for non-traditional pets at at Texas Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital in Grapevine, Texas and Mountain West Veterinary Specialists in Layton, Utah. Dr. Antinoff has also been a consultant for the Veterinary Information Network since 1997…

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…

Kara Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition), VTS-H (Internal Medicine, Dentistry)

Kara Burns, LVT, VTS (Nutrition) is a licensed veterinary technician with master’s degrees in physiology and counseling psychology. She began her career in human medicine working as an emergency psychologist and as a poison specialist dealing with human and animal poisonings. Kara is the Founder and Past President of the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians. She teaches nutrition courses around the world. She is an independent nutritional and well-being consultant, the Director of Veterinary Nurse Development for WellHaven Pet Health, and the Editor in Chief of Today’s Veterinary Nurse…

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…