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aurie Hess, DVM


A Rare Breed


While she loves caring for exotic and rare animals, Dr. Laurie Hess, is herself a bit of a rarity: She is one of only 150 board- certified bird specialists worldwide.


“I decided to become a bird and ex- otic animal vet during my internship after graduation when I realized how many people own these unique ani- mals and how little I was taught about them in veterinary school.”


A Yale and Tufts Veterinary School graduate, Laurie ex- plains, “I went back to school and did an additional two years of residency, training specifically in bird and exotic pet medi- cine and surgery, so that I could feel better qualified to care for these animals.”


Filling a Void


She founded the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in 2010. It is the only American Animal Hospital Association- accredited exotics specialty hospital in New York..


Her patients are: rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, chinchillas, small rodents, reptiles, amphibians, sugar gliders and hedge- hogs— no dogs or cats.


“I am extremely proud that I accepted the challenge of creat- ing a hospital that cares solely for birds and exotic pets when other vets thought I wouldn't be able to do this.”


And, adds Laurie, “I love to hear from bird and exotic pet owners that they have had a great experience at my animal hospital, and that they have learned a lot from me and from


Help for Exotics


Emphatically, Laurie says, “I wish more bird and exotic pet owners realized all that we can do these days to help improve the quality and duration of their pets' lives.


Most exotic pet owners don't realize that they should be bringing their animals in for regular veterinary care, and they are always surprised by what they learn from my staff about caring for their pets—even if they have had them for decades, as some bird and reptile owners have.


Laurie has written articles in syndicated columns and exotic pet magazines, has published in well-respected veterinary journals, blogs for www.pethealthnetwork.com, and has been an exotic pet expert on the television shows, “Animal Planet,” “Martha Stewart Show,” “The Doctors,” and “Inside Edition,” as well as on radio nationwide. Dr. Hess also lec- tures worldwide.


Contact Dr. Laurie Hess at 914- 864-1414 or info@avianexoticsvet.com


my staff about caring for their unique exotic pets.”


Spring Fever


When spring comes, says Laurie, “My staff and I take advantage of the warm weather to encourage exotic pet own- ers to bring in their pets for check-ups and preventative medical care (blood testing, parasite prevention, micro- chipping, nutritional guidance, behav- ior modification).


“We use every method we can—our website, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, search engine marketing, mass emails, newsletters, print ads, signs in the vet hospital, phone calls—to spread the word about preventa- tive medical care for birds and exotic pets.”


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