Avian and Exotic Medicine Club

Speaker Bios

2016 Symposium

Linda Barter, BSc(vet), BVSc, MVSc, PhD

Symposium Topic:

Rabbit Anesthesia

Dr. Linda Barter was born, raised, and attended veterinary school in Sydney, Australia. She practiced and trained further in Australia and New Zealand before coming to UC Davis for a residency in Anesthesia & Critical Patient Care. She was voard certified by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia in 2004 and received a PhD in Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology from UC Davis in 2007. She then joined the UC Davis faculty, where she is currently an Associate Professor of Veterinary Anesthesiology. Dr. Barter is interested in all aspects of anesthesiology and analgesia and particularly enjoys teaching and anesthetizing many different species. Dr. Barter has a feisty feline, a gregarious Golden, a bouncing bunny, and too many fish tanks.

Deena Brenner, DVM

Symposium Topic:

Elephant Case Report from the SD Zoo

Stephen Divers, DZooMed, Dip.ECZM (Zoo Health Management, Herpetology), DACZM, FRCVS

Symposium Topics:

Reptile Diagnostic Endoscopy & Endosurgery

Small Mammal Endoscopy

Endoscopy in Zoological Research and Conservation

Scott Echols, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Symposium Topics:

How to Cover Husbandry in the Avian Exam and Stay on Time

Enrichment for Captive Parrots or Hospital Inpatients

Grey Parrot Anatomy Project: Advances in Imaging Technology

Avian Renal Disease

Mark Edwards, PhD

Symposium Topic:

Zoo Nutrition

Jessica Emerson, DVM

Symposium Topics: 

Rabbit Emergency and Critical Care

Year in Review

Cara Field, DVM

Symposium Topic: 

Pinniped Rehabilitation

Christine Fiorello, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACZM

Symposium Topic:

Seabird Ocular Lesions

David Guzman, LV, MS, DECZM (Avian), DACZM

Symposium Topics: 

Avian Orthopedics

Year in Review


Dr. Guzman received his veterinary degree from the University of Leon, Spain, in 2002. He practiced exotic and small animal medicine in Spain and UK until 2004.  Dr. Guzman completed an Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship at Tufts University in 2005, a Zoological Medicine Residency combined with a Masters in Veterinary Medical Sciences at Louisiana State University in 2008.  He served as a Clinical Instructor in Zoological Medicine at the University of Wisconsin until 2010, when he joined the Companion Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine Program at the UC Davis. Dr. Guzman has a special research interest in avian therapeutics and infectious diseases, and a strong clinical interest in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, and oncology in exotic animals.

Michelle Hawkins, VMD, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Symposium Topic:

Year in Review


Dr. Hawkins received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. She completed a residency and a fellowship in the Companion Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine Program at the University of California, Davis in 2001 and obtained ABVP (Avian Practice) board certification in 2002. After two years in private practice, she joined the faculty of the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 and is currently Associate Professor of the Companion Zoological Medicine Service. Dr. Hawkins has experience in companion avian and exotic animal medicine as well as in wildlife rehabilitation and conservation medicine. Dr Hawkin’s special interests are in anesthesia, analgesia and critical patient care, especially in wild birds of prey.

Kevin Keel, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVP

Symposium Topic:

Updates on Chronic Wasting Disease

Steven Monfort, DVM, PhD

Symposium Topic: 

Reproduction of Endangered Species

Shannon Riggs, DVM

Symposium Topic: 

Wildlife Rehab in California

Heather Robertson, DVM

Symposium Topic: 

Xenarthran Medicine

Enkee Shiilegdamba, DVM, MPVM

Symposium Topic:

Running International Wildlife Conservation Projects

Ann Strom, DVM, MS, DACVO

Symposium Topic: 

Avian Cataracts

Noemie Summa, DMV, IPSAV (Zoological Medicine)

Syposium Topic:  

Reptile Oncology

Valarie Tynes, DVM, DACVB

Symposium Topic: 

Repetitive Behaviors in Captive Exotics

Management of Repetitive Behaviors in Zoo Animals

Ray Wack, DVM, Dipl. ACZM

Symposium Topic: 

Diseases of Cheetahs in Captivity

Dr. Wack is a Senior Veterinarian at the Karen Drayer Wildlife Health Center at UC Davis. He serves as service chief for Zoological Medicine and staff veterinarian at the Sacramento Zoo. Dr. Wack loves to pass on his passion for wildlife medicine to veterinary students. As part of the new UC Davis DVM curriculum, Dr. Wack leads a 10 week zoological medicine block. His research interests include applying clinical pathology techniques to zoological medicine, developing anesthesia protocols, and One Health solutions to conserving endangered species. Current conservations efforts are focused on Riparian Brush Rabbits, Grevy Zebra, and Giant Garter Snakes.

Mike Ziccardi, DVM, MPVM, PhD

Symposium Topic: 

Disaster Management to Protect Wildlife

Dr. Ziccardi received his DVM, MPCM, and PhD in epidemiology from UC Davis, emphasizing free-ranging wildlife health and the effects of petroleum exposure in wildlife. He has been an oil spill response veterinarian and coordinator since 1992, responding to more than 50 spills in the US and abroad, including as the Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Group Leader for the M/V Rena spill in New Zealand in 2011. He has worked as a contract veterinarian for California Department of Fish and Game, a wildlife epidemiologist at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, and as a Associate Professor of Clinical Wildlife Health at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. His current position is Director of Oiled Wildlife Care Network and Senior Wildlife Veterinarian and Associate Director of UC Davis Wildlife Health Center.