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Bird & Exotic Pet Veterinarian
DVM Laurie Hess
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About Laurie Hess, DVM

Specialized Avian and Exotic Pet Veterinarian

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Dr. Hess is an internationally recognized expert on bird and exotic pet medical care. She is the owner and founder of the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills, NY - the only all-bird and exotic animal hospital in Westchester County, NY, and the surrounding areas.

  • Compassionate Avian and Exotic Pet Vet
  • Award Winner from the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV)
  • Named in Top Vets in Westchester County, NY
  • Owner of only American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)-accredited birds/exotic pet specialty hospital in NY and 1 of 5 worldwide
  • Speaker on Avian and Exotic Pets
  • Board-certified in avian (bird) practice by ABVP (American Board of Veterinary Practitioners)
  • Author of numerous textbook, journal, and magazine articles on exotic pets
  • Radio Host and TV guest expert for birds and exotic Pets
  • Exotic Pet Expert for Vetstreet.com
  • Past President of AAV
  • Mentor to ABVP veterinary residents studying exotics
  • Senior editor of the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
  • Written Articles in Healthy Pet Magazine, Bird Talk, Birds USA and more
  • Bird and Exotic Pet Consultant to Antech Diagnostic Laboratory

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    Top Facts That Will Change the Way You Think About Pet Rats

    The word “rat” for many people immediately conjures up the stereotypical vision of a beady-eyed, pointy-nosed rodent that scurries around at night in the trash. But actually, domesticatedrats can make phenomenal pets and are far from the invasive vermin that people commonly think of when they think of rats. Here are five rat facts you […]

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    Exotic Pets Around the Globe – ICARE Conference

    Americans love exotic pets. Millions of U.S. households are home to everything from hissing cockroaches to potbellied pigs. It turns out, this is a fascination we share with other pet owners all around the world. The word “exotic” may have different meanings in different countries, but when it comes to “exotic pets,” it appears that this […]

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    Is Your Bird Not Eating Pellets?

    Many birds won’t eat pellets because they don’t recognize them as food, or the pellets are mixed in with other foods (such as high-fat, tasty seed) that they pick out preferentially over the pellets. That’s not a good idea because you want your bird to eat pellets. video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player Seeds are completely […]

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    Can Foraging Help Make Exotic Pets Happy?

    In the exotics world, foraging — defined as wandering in search of food or provisions — is now a big buzz word among veterinarians and enthusiasts used to describe how animals’ lives can be enriched if they have something to do each day. Keep in mind many species we keep as pets — birds, rodents, […]

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  • Pet Hedgehog

    Want a Pet Hedgehog? Here’s What You Need to Know

    The popularity of the hedgehog — a small, spiny-looking mammal in the insectivore family — appears to be increasing. When they are handled often and socialized, hedgehogs can make adorable, loving pets who can learn to recognize and bond closely with their owners. At first, it may be easiest to handle your hedgehog with a […]

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  • Guinea Pig Vet in NY

    Are Guinea Pigs Great Pets?

    Guinea pigs can make great pets, especially for families with children who are looking for an interactive, low-maintenance animal. They tend to be affectionate, hardy and fairly easy to care for. Before you rush out and buy or adopt a guinea pig, take time to learn about their care, so you can be sure a […]

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