Erica “Air” Mede is the head veterinary technician at Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital and an avid herptoculturist. She is Founder and President of Friends of Scales Reptile Rescue, the only public, not-for-profit 501c3 reptile and amphibian rescue in Illinois. Friends of Scales services the Midwest assisting reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates in need of medical care and those that need to be rehomed. The rescue works closely with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Illinois Conservation Police as well as the local community. Erica serves as a guest lecturer and speaker at higher education institutions, veterinary hospitals, veterinary conferences, and reptile hobbyist events on reptile medicine and husbandry. Erica also served as a past technician liaison for the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians.
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