Former Interns and Residents 

Interns

Jill Heatley, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACZM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian), Diplomate 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, Diplomate 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 San Antonio, Texas

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: State Wildlife Veterinarian at Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Richmond, Virginia

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, Missouri

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, Colorado

Rodney Schnellbacher, DVM, Diplomate ACZM

Went on to complete another Zoological Medicine internship at Kansas State University.  Then completed a Zoological Medicine Residency at the University of Georgia, Current position: Associate Veterinarian Dickerson Park Zoo, Springfield, Missouri

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, PhD

After internship received Fulbright Scholarship to study wildlife in Norway and Scandinavia. Went n to complete her PhD at Murdock University in Australia. Dr. Jones is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at the University of Vermont

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 at Zoo Miami, Florida

Max Rinaldi, DVM

Currently Associate Veterinarian, Emergency Veterinary Hospital, Springfield, 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

Kelly Rockwell, DVM

Currently Associate Veterinarian at Berkeley Dog & Cat Hospital, Berkeley, California

Residents

Jill Heatley, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACZM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian), Diplomate 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), Diplomate ECZM (Avian)

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

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

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

Joao Brandao, DVM, MS, Diplomate ECZM (Avian)

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