Dr. Laurie Hess

Laurie Hess, DVM, DABVP

Laurie Hess, DVM, DABVP

Avian Specialist & Exclusive Exotic Animal Practitioner
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Education & 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)

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.

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