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Louisa M. Asseo, DVM, DABVP (Canine/Feline)

President

Oasis Veterinary Hospital

6635 Alhambra Ave. | Ste. #100 | Martinez, CA 94553

925-954-8087

Louisa Asseo is the proud owner of Oasis Veterinary Hospital in Martinez, CA. She opened this small animal and exotic animal medicine full service hospital in the East Bay of San Francisco, CA in April 2016.

She has been an active member of the Association of Amphibian and Reptilian Veterinarians (ARAV) since graduating from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002.

She has been serving on the ARAV committee for membership and PR since 2011 and has since served as the co-chair of this committee since 2013.

James E. Bogan, DVM, DABVP (Canine/Feline), DABVP (Reptile/Amphibian), CertAqV

President-Elect

The Critter Fixer of Central Florida

PO Box 621679 | Oviedo, FL. 32762

407-617-5702

James Bogan is a 1994 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and is double board certified through ABVP in canine and feline practice as well as reptile and amphibian practice. Additionally, he is a certified aquatics veterinarian through the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association. James has also been a member of ARAV since 1994 and served as treasurer from October 2014 through 2017. He is the owner of a mobile practice, The Critter Fixer of Central Florida, as well as the Chief Veterinary Officer for Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens.

His veterinary interests include medicine and surgery of snakes and crocodilians.

La'Toya Latney, DVM, Dipl. ECZM (ZHM), DABVP (Reptile/Amphibian)

Vice President

Avian and Exotics Department, The Animal Medical Center

510 East 62nd St. | New York, NY 10065

Dr. La’Toya Latney is an Assistant Professor and Service Head for Clinical Zoo and Exotic Animal Medicine Services at PennVet. As Cornell undergrad alum and Ross Veterinary school alum, Dr. Latney then finished her last year at Louisiana State University, home of raptors and reptiles, under the tutelage of Mark Mitchell DVM, PhD, DECZM (Herp), Thomas Tully, DVM, MS, DABVP-Avian, ECZM (Avian), David Sanchez Migallon Guzman, LSV, MS, DECZM (Small Mammal, Avian), DACZM (Avian), and Javier Nevarez, DVM, MS, PhD, DECZM (Herp), DACZM (Herp). Latney then completed an all exotics internship under Heidi Hoefer, DVM DABVP (Avian), at Island Exotics Veterinary Care in Long Island, NY. After completing the Exotics Residency at PennVet, Latney has remained at PennVet for 9.5 years and serves as a consulting veterinarian for Brandywine Zoo and Elmwood Park Zoo. At PennVet, she teaches 4 courses, including a 16-hour course on reptile medicine and surgery. In addition to serving as a clinical instructor on service at PennVet for fourth year students, Latney serves turtle rehabilitation laboratory instructor for the National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association (NWRA), and lectures regularly on reptile medicine and surgery at NWRA, CVC, PVMA, NYSWRC, FWRA, and NAVC. For students, Dr. Latney hosts reptile handling laboratories biannually for the Special Species Symposium at PennVet and most recently at the national SAVMA symposium, in which 40 students were in attendance for two 2 hour laboratories. She serves as a proud mentor who has trained 8 specialty interns, one of whom co-chairs the Education Committee for ARAV.

She is a diplomat of the European College of Zoo Medicine (Zoo Health management) and the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners Reptile and Amphibian specialty. She is credentialed to sit for the American College of Zoological Medicine specialty exam 2018. Most of her publications review reptile and amphibian nutrition and novel treatment approaches, and a brief overview can be found at http://www.vet.upenn.edu/people/faculty-clinician-search/LA'TOYALATNEY. Her special interests include adaptive critical care, reptile nutrition, comparative anatomy, novel development of surgical techniques, evidence based medicine, infectious diseases, and classical Indian dance.

Sean M. Perry, DVM, PhD

Secretary

2100 E Beach Blvd | Gulfport, MS 39501

831-420-7649

I am currently a PhD candidate at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. I completed my undergraduate degree at the
University of California, Santa Cruz, earning a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Behavior. Then I completed my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences in 2013. Since graduating veterinary school, I’ve completed internships in both emergency and critical care and small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and practiced in the Marathon Veterinary Hospital in the Florida Keys. I’ve continued practicing both emergency and zoological medicine during my PhD. My dissertation topic focuses on the development of artificial reproductive technologies in captive reptiles as a translational model for endangered species. I’ve authored and co-authored peer reviewed journal articles and popular press articles for Reptiles Magazine; in addition to book chapters in Mader’s Reptile Medicine and Surgery, Current Therapy in Exotic Pet Practice and Veterinary Clinics of North America. My professional interests include, Theriogenology in zoological species, specifically reptiles and amphibians, minimally invasive imaging and surgery, emergency and critical care in exotic species, and aquatic animal medicine.

Stacey Leonatti Wilkinson, DVM, DABVP (Reptile/Amphibian)

Treasurer

Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital of Georgia

118 Pipemakers Circle Suite 110 Pooler, GA 31322

912-348-3924

Stacey Leonatti Wilkinson is a 2006 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Since that time she has been an associate veterinarian at Avian and Exotic Animal Care in Raleigh, NC, a practice devoted exclusively to the care of exotic animals. She recently left that position to start her own practice, Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital of Georgia, in the Savannah, GA area, continuing to treat only exotics. Stacey became an ABVP Diplomate of Reptile and Amphibian medicine in 2013. She has been a member of ARAV since 2006, and has been the chair or co-chair of the In Depth Session at the annual conference every year since 2011. She has also spoken at the conference and served as a lab instructor, and is a member of the Legislative and Animal Welfare Committee.

She is very excited about the position of treasurer and the opportunity it provides to become more involved in ARAV. The ARAV does an excellent job of serving and representing exotic animal veterinarians. She believes her experience as a private practitioner in the trenches would be a great fit for this. She and her husband have a collection of over 50 reptiles, and her favorite reptile is the Grand Cayman blue iguana, which she finally got a chance to see in their native habitat this past year.

Kimberlee Wojick, DVM, DACZM

Immediate Past President

Roger Williams Park Zoo

1000 Elmwood Ave. | Providence, RI 02907

401-785-3510, x344

Kim has been actively involved in ARAV since becoming a student member in 2006. She has previously served two terms as a member-at-large and the co-chair of the Legislative and Animal Welfare Committee. In 2015 she received the ARAV Presidential Service Award for her contributions to the organization. She graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, followed by internships in both small animal medicine and surgery and zoological medicine. She completed the Chicago Zoological and Aquatic Animal Residency Program and is currently employed at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island. She shares her home with a variety of furred and scaled pets including a rosy boa, ball python, blue-tongued skink, red-eared slider, and red-footed tortoise.

Kenneth Ford, DVM

(1 yr) Member-at-Large

The Pet Hospital of Granbury

1851 Acton Hwy Granbury, TX 76049

817-573-5003

Dr. Kenneth Ford is an associate veterinarian and future part owner of The Pet Hospital of Granbury in Granbury, Texas. Dr. Kenneth Ford is a graduate of Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation he was accepted into the small animal medicine and surgery internship at his almamater. During his internship, Dr. Ford also was able to have complete case responsibility for all exotic cases that entered the hospital.  This may have increased the necessary work load but exotic animal medicine was always his passion.  During the internship, Dr. Ford lead several labs, lectures and hands-on workshops for students who had an interest in exotic animal medicine.

Upon completion of his internship, Dr. Kenneth Ford decided to move to the great state of Texas and enter private practice.  He began with Banfield The Pet Hospital in Fort Worth, where he would become Chief of Staff and one of the top doctors in his market.  Dr. Ford did much to try and grow the field of exotic medicine in the area.  He was even asked to be an internal reference for all the area Banfield hospitals. He would volunteer time by doing small doctor meetings in exotic animal medicine to improve the care they can offer their patients.

After four years with the practice, Dr. Ford decided it was time for a change and left to join The Pet Hospital of Granbury.  Upon joining the The Pet Hospital, Dr. Ford quickly expanded the practice to include exotic animal medicine and surgery. With the expansion of the practice, Dr. Ford also volunteers a lot of time in the community to fight the negative stigma of reptiles in the area.  He has done educational talks for many adult social clubs, community centers and elementary schools in his area.  Dr. Ford also enjoys working with local pet shops and breeders so they better understand the importance of exotic pets care prior to these pets being sold to the public.

Dr. Kenneth Ford is a member of several professional organizations including ARAV, AEMV and AAZV.  His special interest include soft tissue surgery, endoscopic medicine, reptile nutrition and community outreach. Dr. Ford plans to achieve the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners certification in Reptile and Amphibian practice. Thus, much of his spare time is used for self study and keeping up with the ever expanding field.  Dr. Ford enjoys working on his classic car, maintaining his personal reptile collection and trying to keep up with his two year old daughter.

J. Jill Heatley, DVM, MS, DABVP (Avian, Reptile/Amphibian) DACZM

(1 yr) Member-at-Large

Dept. of Vet Small Animal Clinical Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Texas A&M University College Station | TX 77843

979-204-5459

A native Texan, Jennifer Jill Heatley graduated from Texas A&M University with a doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 1995 and then practiced privately for three years as a small and exotic animal and emergency veterinarian. She completed an internship in wildlife, zoo and exotic medicine at Louisiana State University in 1999 and completed a combined residency in zoological medicine and a master of science degree program in Louisiana State University in 2002.  She served as clinical assistant professor of zoological medicine and attending veterinarian of the Southeastern Raptor Center at Auburn University from 2002-2006.

She is currently associate professor with tenure of Zoological Medicine at Texas A&M University. Her veterinary medical research interests include application of emergency and critical care techniques, clinical pathology of zoological species and ecosystem health monitoring through native species with special emphasis on avian, reptilian and amphibian species. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Certified in Avian practice as well as a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine. She has served as Liaison of Board of Directors of the Association of Avian Veterinarians to the American association of Zoo Veterinarians, Treasurer for the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians and President of the Horned Lizard Conservation Society. Her current research topics include health monitoring of wild populations of monk parakeets, investigation of avian bornavirus in free-living avian species and electrolyte comparisons of multiple species of exotic animals, including Texas Tortoises.  

Anna-Marie Ruoff, DVM

(2 yr) Member-at-Large

Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital

744 North Center Street | Suite 101 | Mesa, AZ

Anna-Marie Ruoff grew up in Colorado surrounded by nature, wildlife, and a small zoo of exotic pets. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology at Pomona College with a senior thesis project on lizard ambulation. Ruoff worked as a technician at an exotic animal exclusive hospital before veterinary school, broadening her experience with exotic pet medicine. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences in 2018. She joined Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital for an internship in exotic animal medicine, stayed with the practice to complete a residency in reptile and amphibian medicine, and is now an associate veterinarian. Ruoff enjoys exploring reptile behavior, enrichment, and training — both in practice and with her own pets. Ruoff also loves tea, hiking, and both solving and writing crossword puzzles. She has been a member of ARAV since she was a veterinary technician.

Kelly Rockwell, DVM

(2 yr) Member-at-Large

VCA All Pets Hospital

269 S Van Ness St | San Francisco, CA

Kelly Rockwell is an associate veterinarian at All Pets Hospital in San Francisco, CA where she oversees the exotic care service. She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017 where she managed the Wildlife Medical Clinic and began her career in reptile-focused research under the guidance of Dr. Mark Mitchell DVM, PhD, DECZM (Herp). She followed this with a rotating internship in Monterey, CA, then zoological medicine internship at Louisiana State University before returning to the west coast for private practice. She has authored several peer reviewed journal articles on reptile clinical medicine and epidemiology in addition to book chapters in Mader’s Reptile Medicine and Surgery, Manual of Exotic Pet Practice, and Current Therapy in Avian Medicine and Surgery. She plans to pursue board certification through American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in reptile and amphibian practice as well as a PhD in reptile epidemiology. She also enjoys teaching veterinary students in exotic pet and wildlife medicine. She has been a member of ARAV since veterinary school.

Wendy Dox

Executive Director

MJB Management

PO Box 1868 | Mt. Juliet, TN 37121

Wendy received her B.S. in Business Administration from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY in 2003.  She previously worked in marketing for 8 years at an Orlando theme park where she transitioned into another marketing role in an Orlando human healthcare system for 2 years.

She joined the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV) in October 2018 where she began to serve as their Executive Director.

ARAV Standing Committees

Membership/PR Committee

Chair: Anneliese Strunk, DVM, ABVP (Avian)

Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine
11401 NE 195th Street Bothell, WA 98011
Ph. 425-486-9000
Fax 425-486-9002

Historic Committee

Chair: Thomas Boyer, DVM DABVP (Reptile/Amphibian)

Pet Hospital of Penasquitos
9888 Carmel Mountain Rd, Ste F
San Diego, CA 92129-2807
Ph. (858)484-3490

Student Outreach Committee

Chair: Colin McDermott, VMD

Mount Laurel Animal Hospital
220 Mount Laurel Rd.
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Ph.  856-234-7626

Co-Chair: Nicola Di Girolamo, DMV

Piazza Oderico da Pordenone 1
Rome, Italy 00145

Fundraising Committee

Chair: Lauren Gawel

 

 

 

Grant Advisory Committee

Chair: Byron de la Navarre, DVM

Animal House of Chicago
2752 W. Lawrence Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
Ph. 773-878-8002
Fax 773-878-0542

Co-Chair: Curtis Eng, DVM

Western University of Health Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
309 E. Second St.
Pomona, CA 91766-1854

Legislative & Animal Welfare (LAW) Committee

Chair: Mike Corcoran, DVM, DABVP (Reptile/Amphibian), CertAqV

SoCal Exotic Animal Health Services
Newport Beach, CA
714-713-3631

Infectious Diseases Committee

Chair: Rachel E. Marschang, PD Dr. med. vet., Dip. ECZM (herpetology), FTA Mikrobiologie ZB Reptilien

Laboklin GmbH & Co KG
Steubenstr. 4
97688 Bad Kissingen
Germany
Ph. 4997172020

Leadership Development Committee

Chair: Kimberlee Wojick, DVM, DACZM

Roger Williams Park Zoo
1000 Elmwood Ave. | Providence, RI 02907
401-785-3510, x344

International Committee

Chair: Karina Mathes, Dr. med. vet., Dip. ECZM (herpetology)

Klinik fur Heimtiere, Reptilien, Zier- und Wildvogel
Stiftung Tieraetztliche Houchschule
Buenteweg 9
D-30559 Hannover
Germany
Ph. 0049 511-856-7251
Fax 0049 511-856-7686

International Representatives

    • Italy – Marco Masi
    • Japan/Taiwan/Indonesia – Li-Wen (Rita) Chang
    • Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden – Beth Fledelius
    • Emerging Countries – David Moran
    • France – Lionel Schilliger
    • Australia/New Zealand – Joshua Llinas
    • Belgium/Netherlands – Tom Hellebuyck
    • Spain/Portugal – Albert Martinez-Silvestre
    • United Kingdom – Iain Cope
    • Austria/Switzerland – Jean Meyer
    • Belarus, Cz Rep, Pol, Russia, Slov – Ioana Popesco
    • Hong Kong – Violaine Colon
    • Canada – Kelsey Chapman
    • Germany – Sabine Oefner

Editorial Advisory Board

Chair: Sean Perry, DVM, PhD

2100 E Beach Blvd
Gulfport, MS 39501
Ph: 831-420-7649

Journal Editor-in-Chief

Rachel E. Marschang, PD Dr. med. vet., Dip. ECZM (herpetology), FTA Mikrobiologie ZB Reptilien

Laboklin GmbH & Co KG
Steubenstr. 4
97688 Bad Kissingen
Germany
Ph. 4997172020

Journal Scientific Editor

James Bogan, DVM, DABVP (Canine/Feline), DABVP (Reptile/Amphibian), CertAqV

The Critter Fixer of Central Florida
PO Box 621679 | Oviedo, FL. 32762
Ph:407-617-5702

Journal Managing Editor

Dana Varble, DVM

Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital
3757 W. Dempster St.
Skokie, IL 60076
Ph. 408-703-4941

Ad Hoc

ExoticsCon Trilateral Committee 2022

  • Chair: James E. Bogan, DVM, DABVP (Canine/Feline), DABVP (Reptile/Amphibian), CertAqV
  • Co-Chair: La’Toya Latney, DVM, Dipl. ECZM (ZHM), DABVP (Reptile/Amphibian)
  • Alternate: Louisa M. Asseo, DVM, DABVP (Canine/Feline)

ICARE Steering Committee

  • Chair: Karina Mathes, Dr. med. vet., Dip. ECZM (herpetology)
  • Co-Chair: Rachel E. Marschang, PD Dr. med. vet., Dip. ECZM (herpetology), FTA Mikrobiologie ZB Reptilien

Liaisons

  • Technician Liaison – Karen Smith, CVT

ExoticsCon Planning

ExoticsCon Proceedings Editors

  • Charlotte Kirk Baer
  • Elizabeth Smith

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