Valerie Garuccio, CVT, VTS (ECC)

Valerie Garuccio, CVT, VTS (ECC) works as a Learning & Development Specialist at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. Valerie’s passion for avian and exotic animal medicine began early in her career after graduating from Manor College in 2001. She then completed an externship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, working exclusively with their Avian and Exotic department. Since then, Valerie has worked in small animal general and emergency medicine with per diem work in avian and exotics…


Exotic ICU: Nursing Care For the Avian Patient

It is 10 p.m. in your veterinary emergency hospital and a dreaded call comes in. A panicked owner is in tears because their beloved pet is in crisis. In most cases, your team will quickly gather supplies and move swiftly to prepare for the emergent patient. This patient may strike fear in many veterinary professionals, however, because it is the dreaded avian patient presenting to a general veterinary practice.

Released for National Veterinary Technician Week 2014, Tips and Tricks for the Avian Patient is part of an Exotic ICU series that provides advice on the management of birds in a critical care setting.