Laurie Hess, DVM, DABVP

Laurie Hess, DVM, DABVP

Avian Specialist & Exclusive Exotic Animal Practitioner
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Educations & Trainings

Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM (1990-1994)

Yale University, BA Biology, Summa cum Laude (1984-1988)

The Animal Medical Center, NY, Residency in Avian & Exotic Pet Medicine (1996-1998)

The Animal Medical Center, NY, Internship in Small Animal Medicine & Surgery (1994-1995)

Activity & Honors

Chairperson of Social Media & Marketing Committee, Association of Avian Veterinarians (2011-present)

Executive Board Member/Advisory Council, Association of Avian Veterinarians (2005-present)

Senior Associate Editor, Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery (2003-2018)

American Association of Veterinary Practitioners, Recertification, Avian Practice (2005, 2016)

Manuscript Editor, Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery (1998-2015)

Treasurer, Association of Avian Veterinarians (2011-2012)

Conference Chair, Association of Avian Veterinarians (2010-2011)

Association of Avian Veterinarians, Bronze Bird for Recognition as President (2010)

President, Association of Avian Veterinarians (2009-2010)

President-Elect, Association of Avian Veterinarians (2008-2009)

Membership Committee Chair, Association of Avian Veterinarians (2005-2009)

Association of Avian Veterinarians, President’s Award for Outstanding Service (2006-2007)

Professional Memberships

Hudson Valley NY Veterinary Medical Association (2006-present)

Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (2004-present)

Westchester Rockland Veterinary Medical Association (2003-present)

American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Certification-Avian Practice) (1998-present)

Association of Reptilian & Amphibian Veterinarians (1996-present)

American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (1996-present)

Association of Avian Veterinarians (1994-present)

American Veterinary Medical Association (1994-present)

New York State Veterinary Medical Association (1994-present)

Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association (1994-present)

New York City Veterinary Medical Association (1994-2018)

Dr. Laurie Hess

Originally from New York City, Dr. Laurie Hess is one of approximately 150 board-certified avian (bird) specialists worldwide.

After graduating from Yale University, she earned her veterinary degree at Tufts University and completed an internship and residency in avian/exotic pet medicine at the world-renowned Animal Medical Center in New York City where she practiced for more than a decade.

She is Director of Pet Health & Nutrition for the exotic pet food company ZuPreem and owns a bird and exotic pet specialty hospital—the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics—in Westchester County, New York, the only American Animal Hospital-accredited bird and exotic specialty hospital in NY (and one 1 of 5 in the US & Canada).

At the Veterinary Center, Dr. Hess exclusively treats birds, rabbits, ferrets, rodents, reptiles, sugar gliders, hedgehogs, and other non-traditional pets, as well as wildlife.

She is the author of Unlikely Companions: The Adventures of an Exotic Animal Doctor—a memoir about her life as an exotic animal veterinarian.

Dr. Hess is the Social Media Chairperson for the Association of Avian Veterinarians and an active member of this association, the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, the Association of Reptile & Amphibian Veterinarians, and the Association of Zoo Animal Veterinarians. She also is a frequent contributor to websites, radio broadcasts, and TV shows about exotic pets, as well as a lecturer on exotic pet care internationally.

Recent Articles

11 Ferret Facts: What to Know About Ferrets as Pets
If you want an active, playful, mischievous pet that will bring endless fun, then a ferret may be the right pet for you. But before you bring one of these rambunctious little creatures into your home, here are 11 things to know about ferrets and proper ferret care. 1. Ferrets are illegal in some areas of the United States.Before you adopt or purchase a ferret, you should check out your local...
Rabbit Care: First Aid Kits for Your Rabbit
We all want to be prepared for emergencies, and that includes pet emergencies. But for rabbit owners, being prepared is especially important because it is often hard for them to find local emergency veterinarians trained in rabbit care. Thus, it is critical for rabbit owners to be as prepared as possible for emergency, as the burden may be upon them to be the first line of care if their rabbit...
What You Should Know Before Getting Backyard Chickens
Backyard chickens are extremely popular as pets, even in urban areas. They are fun, interactive, entertaining animals that have the added benefit of providing tasty, fresh eggs. While chickens can be wonderful pets, their care isn’t simple. They actually have very specific needs that, if not met, can lead to a host of health problems. What should a prospective owner know before getting a...
How to Pick Out Safe Rabbit Toys
How to Pick Out Safe Rabbit Toys
Rabbits are smart, social animals that need entertainment and stimulation to keep them from getting bored. Bored bunnies may chew on their own skin and hair or destroy furniture or other inappropriate objects—such as baseboards, walls and carpet. Rabbits’ teeth grow continuously throughout their lives, so they must chew on hay every day to help keep their teeth from overgrowing. Rabbits also...
What You Need to Know Before You Adopt a Rabbit
Rabbits are one of the most popular exotic animals kept as pets these days, and—when adopted into the appropriate home—they can make terrific companions. Bunnies come in all colors, shapes and sizes, and are readily adoptable from shelters and breeders. They are perfect pets for small living quarters, as they don’t take up a lot of space, don’t need to go outside and are generally very...
How to Safely Transport Your Small Animal to the Vet
Most small animals, such as guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, chinchillas, rats, mice, gerbils and hamsters, rarely leave the comfort of our homes. That means that taking a trip to the veterinarian, even for a healthy pet checkup, can be very stressful for these small pets. However, these animals need annual veterinary examinations and may require veterinary care when they are sick. So, it is...