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Dr. Hess is one of approximately 125 avian (bird) specialists board-certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and served as the President of the Association of Avian Veterinarians from 2009-2010. She is also an active member of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians and the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians.
After graduating summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University, Dr. Hess received her veterinary medical degree from Tufts. She then completed a one-year internship and a two-year residency in avian and exotic pet medicine and surgery at the world-renowned Animal Medical Center in New York City. Owner of only American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)-accredited birds/exotic pet specialty hospital in NY and 1 of 7 worldwide.

Laurie SpeakingDr. Hess has lectured both nationally and internationally about exotic pet care and has published numerous articles and book chapters on birds and other exotic species.
She is especially interested in exotic pet nutrition. In the late 1990s, she completed groundbreaking nutrition research on the importance of pelleted diets in birds. She presented these findings both in Europe and in the U.S. and later published the research in 2002.
She regularly lecturers at the world’s largest veterinary conferences such as the Central Veterinary Conferences in Virginia, San Diego, and Kansas City and North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando, Florida, and the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. She also lectures at exotic pet specialty conferences such as that held annually by the Association of Avian Veterinarians and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians.
Laurie SpeakingDr. Hess is a regular pet expert on FOX TV’s national show, “Inside Edition,” and on WABC TV’s “The Pet Show with Dr. Katy,” in Washington, D.C. Dr. Hess is a guest exotic pet expert on Animal Planet's exotic pet series "Little Pets 101" and "Peculiar Pets 101.” She has also appeared on Animal Planet in Drs. Foster and Smith's TV series, "Faithful Friends,” and has been a guest on the "Martha Stewart Show," discussing the importance of educating yourself about exotic pets before you get one.

Dr. Hess has also appeared on CBS’s morning show, "The Doctors," where she discussed exotic pets for people with allergies, and on Fox TV’s “Inside Edition,” where she discussed bird behavior. In addition, Dr. Hess has been a guest on both the WPIX Morning News in New York City and on the Fox morning show, “Good Day NY,” where she highlighted the benefits of exotic animals as pets. Dr. Hess has been a featured veterinarian on CBS's popular news magazine show, "48 Hours," and she appeared weekly as the "Exotic Pet Vet" on the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut cable station, RNN TV. Dr. Hess also discusses bird health on her monthly radio show, "Bird’s Eye View," on www.petliferadio.com and makes guest appearances regularly on radio stations throughout the U.S. and Canada discussing exotic pet issues.

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Dr. Hess has written several articles about exotic pets in syndicated columns nationwide and in well-known exotic pet magazines such as Bird Talk, Birds USA, and Critters Magazine. She also blogs regularly about exotic pet topics on well-known pet websites, including www.petmdcom, www.Vetstreet.com, www.positively.com and www.birdchannel.com.

She is a senior editor of the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery, as well as a guest editor of the Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine, Veterinary Clinics of North America (Exotic Animal Series) and of Exotic DVM Magazine. She also has been published in internationally recognized veterinary journals including the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Veterinary Record.

Laurie SpeakingDr. Hess is an exotic pet consultant/writer for one of the world’s largest veterinary laboratories, Antech Diagnostics Laboratory. She has also consulted for several exotic pet product companies, including Zoetis (previously Pfizer Animal Health), ZuPreem, Marshall’s Pet Products, Healthy Pet, Furminator, Companion Habitats, Harrison’s Bird Products, the Lafeber Company, and Oxbow Pet Products. In addition, she is the exotic pet writer for the veterinary education company, Lifelearn.
Laurie SpeakingDr. Hess sends out a monthly newsletter through her animal hospital to 2500 animal clients. Dr. Hess also contributes several articles a month to the well-known pet website, www.petMD.com, and has been a frequent contributor to www.pet360.com, as well. She also just started writing an every other month newsletter on exotic pet topics for perhaps the largest veterinary laboratory in the U.S. – Antech Diagnostics – and Dr. Hess writes, at minimum, once a month for the largest growing pet consumer website – www.Vetstreet.com – with over 2.5 million new viewers per month. Viewers can leave comments for me there, as well as on www.Positively.com, the blogging site for well-known Animal Planet dog trainer, Victoria Stillwell, for whom she writes, too.

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