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 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

Dr. Driggers started Arizona’s first exclusive exotic animal practice serving clients and small zoos with an ambulatory medicine and surgery. Currently, he has both a mobile practice and a stationary three-doctor practice named 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

Jessica Elbert received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 2018

Jessica Comolli , DVM

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. Renee also does relief work at The Raptor Center in St. Paul and she is a former member of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association Board of Directors.

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

Is a veterinarian graduated from San Carlos University in Guatemala City, with a Masters 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. Having started at a young age as a guide in the Natural […]

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…


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…