Former Interns and Residents 

 

Interns

Jill Heatley, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACZM, ABVP (Avian), ABVP (Small Exotic Mammal)

Went on to be first Zoological Medicine Resident at the LSU – SVM, Current position: Associate Professor Zoological Medicine – Service Chief Zoological Medicine Service Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine

 

Javier Nevarez, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACZM, ECZM (Herpetology)

After internship completed PhD at the LSU – SVM, Current position: Professor Zoological Medicine – LSU – SVM; Hospital Director Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana

 

Shannon Riggs, DVM

Went on to complete Residency in Zoological Medicine at the University of California Davis, Current position: Senior veterinarian Pacific Wildlife Center, Morro Bay, California

 

Debra Carboni, DVM

Following LSU – another Zoological Medicine internship at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario, Current position: Associate veterinarian: Gladys Porter Zoo, Brownsville, Texas

 

Trevor Zachariah, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACZM

Completed Master of Science degree at LSU – SVM after internship then completed Zoological Medicine Residency at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Current position: Senior Veterinarian Brevard County Zoo, Florida

 

Debbie Myers, DVM, Diplomate ACZM

Completed Zoological Medicine residency at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Current position: Associate Veterinarian Pittsburg Zoo, Pennsylvania

 

Megan Kirchgessner, DVM, PhD

After internship went to the New England Wildlife Center in Boston, Massachusetts, Completed PhD program in Wildlife Biology at the Virginia Tech University Current position: New Jersey Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

 

Shannon Shaw Cerveny, DVM, Diplomate ACZM

After internship went on to complete Zoological Medicine Residency at the Oklahoma City Zoo, Current Position: Associate Veterinarian St. Louis Zoo

 

Gwen Jankowski, Diplomate DVM

Went on to complete a Zoological Medicine Residency at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Current position: Associate Veterinarian Denver Zoo

 

Brittany Heggem, DVM, Diplomate ACVECC

Went on to complete Critical Care Residency at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Current position: Emergency and Critical Care Specialist at Blue Pearl Specialty Hospital, Spring, Texas

 

Krista Jones, MS, DVM

After internship received Fulbright Scholarship to study wildlife in Norway and Scandinavia. She is finishing her Ph.D. program through Murdock University (Australia) on the impact of perturbations on the health and behavior of a critically endangered Australian marsupial called the woylie (or brush-tailed bettong). Current position: Keller Family Secretarial Scholar, One Health Scientist, Smithsonian’s Global Health Program, Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute, Washington, D.C. 

 

Jimmy Johnson, DVM, Diplomate ACZM

Went on to compete a Zoological Medicine Residency at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Current position: Associate Veterinarian the Columbus Zoo

 

Max Rinaldi, DVM

Currently Associate Veterinarian, Critical Care and Exotic Animal Medicine Practice in Oregon

 

Anna McRee, DVM

Currently Associate Veterinarian, Companion/Exotic Animal Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee.  Also provides veterinary assistance to the Nashville Zoo

 

Peter DiGeronimo, VMD

Currently Exotics Staff Veterinarian at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

 

Alyssa Scagnelli, DVM

Currently Associate Veterinarian Avian & Exotic Clinic of Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona

 

Residents

Jill Heatley, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACZM, ABVP (Avian), ABVP (Small Exotic Mammal)

See internship

 

Orlando Diaz, DVM, MS, Diplomate ABVP (Avian)

Veterinarian/owner of Small/Exotic Animal Hospital, Orlando, Florida

 

David Guzman, LV, MS, Diplomate ABVP (Avian), ECZM (Avian)

Associate Professor Zoological Medicine, University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

 

Hugues Beaufrere, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ECZM (Avian), ABVP (Avian), ACZM

Assistant Professor Zoological Medicine, Service Chief Zoological Medicine Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

 

Joao Brandao, DVM, MS

Assistant Professor Zoological Medicine, Service Chief Zoological Medicine, Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Stillwater, Oklahoma

 

Christine Higbie, DVM

Associate Veterinarian, National Aquarium, Baltimore, Maryland