Dr. Hess founded the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in 2010 to study and advance the practice of exotic animal medicine; to educate exotic pet owners about the highest quality, comprehensive medical and surgical care for birds and exotic pets; and to establish the most well-respected bird and exotic animal hospital that is recognized by both pet owners and veterinary colleagues as the only place to go for specialized bird care and advanced exotic animal medicine.
Our veterinary bird and exotic pet hospital is the only American Animal Hospital Association-accredited bird and exotics specialty referral hospital in NY, and the only hospital caring exclusively for birds and other exotic animals in Westchester and surrounding counties.
The hospital cares exclusively for birds, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, chinchillas, smaller rodents (rats, mice, gerbils, hamsters, degus), reptiles, amphibians, and less commonly seen exotic species such as sugar gliders, hedgehogs, pot-bellied pigs, wallabies, kinkajous, fennec foxes, and opossums (we do not treat dogs or cats).
Everything at the Veterinary Center was designed with the special needs of birds and other exotic pets in mind. Dr. Hess, the Center’s board-certified bird specialist, who is one of only about 125 bird specialists in the world and who served as president of the international Association of Avian (Bird) Veterinarians from 2009-2010, has more than 20 years of experience in caring for these special pets.