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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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  • rabbit for christmas

    Getting a Rabbit for a Christmas Present

    Getting a Pet Rabbit for Christmas Christmas is quickly approaching, you’re sure to see bunnies all around. And while you should never get a rabbit on a whim, the truth is they can make excellent pets when you commit to properly caring for them. Christmas Bunny If you’ve been considering adding a rabbit to your […]

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    How To Keep Birds Warm in the Winter

    Thinking about winterizing a companion bird or small mammals, like guinea pigs. When cold weather comes, especially in areas that experience significant climate changes with the seasons, there are some steps exotic pet owners should take to help ensure their animals stay happy and healthy. What you should do, of course, depends on what type of pet you […]

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    5 Things You Should Know Before Getting a Ferret

    Thinking About Getting A Ferret As A Pet? Here Are 5 Things You Should Know Before Getting a Ferret Ferrets are playful, mischievous, entertaining little animals who can bring endless enjoyment to a family. They are cuddly, interactive, spunky pets who can be great for owners who have time to take them out of their […]

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    A Quick How To on Dental Care for Exotic Pets

    February is National Pet Dental Health Month, and just like dogs and cats, did you know that exotic pets need dental care, too? In general, most pet owners don’t brush their animals’ teeth, so tartar can build up, and their pet’s breath can become malodorous. Over months to years, excessive tartar accumulates leading to gingivitis, periodontal […]

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    Find the Friendliest Exotic Pet

    Are you considering getting a pet other than a cat or dog and wondering which pets might be friendliest? As an exotic animal veterinarian, I am frequently asked about which non-traditional pets are normally the most people-friendly, and my answers sometimes surprise people. Here are what I consider to be the top 5 friendliest exotic animals […]

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    Why Cockatiel Birds Are The Most Popular As Pet Birds

    Cockatiels are phenomenal birds and perhaps the most popular bird I see in my veterinary practice these days. Why are these little animals so beloved? Here are five facts about cockatiels that may surprise you. Cockatiels make great first pets — feathered or otherwise. Without a doubt, cockatiels, which are one of the smaller species of pet […]

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