Dr. Lennox is a 1989 graduate of Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, and has practiced exclusively exotic animal medicine for more than 20 years. She is currently Indiana’s only board certified exotic specialist, with three specialty degrees; one in avian medicine (American Board of Veterinary Pracititioners-Avian, and two in exotic companion medicine (American Board of Veterinary Practitioners-Exotic Companion Mammal, and European College of Zoological Medicine-Small Mammal). She is an adjunct professor at Purdue University, and has written and has lectured extensively throughout the US and internationally, including the International Conference on Exotics where she was awarded Exotic DVM of the Year, and at the North American Veterinary conference where Dr. Lennox was voted Exotic speaker of the year in 2009 and 2010. She received the Oxbow Animal Health Professional award in 2013. She has written and edited many books, book chapters and articles on topics in exotic medicine including the Rabbit and Rodent Dentistry Handbook, and Clinical Radiology of Exotic Companion Mammals. Dr. Lennox served as president of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV www.aemv.org) a group dedicated to improving the standards of exotic mammal medicine, and serves on the board of directors of the Association of Avian Veterinarians.
Dr. Samantha Swisher
Dr. Swisher is a Baltimore native and a 2012 graduate of Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts. After graduation, she completed a rotating internship in Maryland at VCA Veterinary Referral Associates and also volunteered with Maryland Avian & Exotics Veterinary Care. She then completed a specialty internship with the Exotic Animal Medicine Service at North Carolina State University before moving to Indianapolis to start her residency in Exotic Companion Mammals with Dr. Lennox. Dr. Swisher’s professional interests include anesthesia, pain management, and exotic pet behavior. While her residency is focused on exotic mammals, she enjoys working with all of the species that we see at AEAC!
Dr. Shaw hails from small town New Hampshire. She opted to travel further a field for her veterinary degree and is a 2009 graduate from University College Dublin, Ireland. Her training in medicine and surgery started as rotating Large Animal intern at University College Dublin.
In 2011 she joined Bairbre O’Malley Veterinary Hospital, Bray, Co. Wicklow and began a grand adventure in exotics. Alongside this specialized style of practice, she obtained a further certificate in Veterinary Acupuncture (CVA) from Chi Institute of Europe and was a presenter at the 15th annual Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine conference in El Escorial, Spain. Core to her beliefs are that there is no patient too small or too large, to furry, feathery, or scaly that does not deserve a great quality of life.
She is delighted to be a part of the Avian and Exotic Clinic’s team as an Exotic Companion Mammal Resident.
Caity Sickafoose, RVT, is a graduate of both Ball State University and the International Business College Veterinary Technician Institute. She enjoys exotic animal medicine because each and every day is a new adventure! She currently shares her home with her husband, three dogs, three cats, a leopard gecko, and this Green Cheek Conure named Witherwings.
Emily Wilson, RVT, is also a graduate from the International Business College Veterinary Technician Institute. She graduated in 2013. She has always had a love for exotic animals and enjoys working here at the Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic. She owns a dog and a cat, as well as four guinea pigs, a Lionhead rabbit, and a Chinese Water Dragon.
A native of beautiful Northern Michigan, Sarah received her veterinary technician degree from Baker College. Sarah has been involved with animal care ever since she learned to walk. Living on a dairy farm, she helped care for the many farm animals including rabbits, cows, goats, ducks, chickens, and horses. She has been a licensed veterinary technician since 2006 and has a wide variety of experience. In addition to 9 years of exotic animal experience, Sarah was the first registered veterinary technician to work at Indianapolis Animal Care and Control, and volunteers her time with other veterinary professionals who provide low cost spay/neuter surgeries to several rescue groups. She has taught large animal practicum, pet nutrition, and pet behavior classes at International Business College of Indianapolis. Sarah is currently working toward the veterinary technician specialty in exotic mammals and the veterinary technician specialty in surgery, as well as applying to become a Red Rover responder. (www.redrover.com)
Sarah is the founder and president of EARPS, Inc., a 501(c)3 exotic animal rescue and pet sanctuary whose mission to improve the quality of life for pocket pets, exotic pets, and non-traditional pets through fostering, adopting, and educating, as well as helping control the pet population through spaying and neutering. It is quite common for Sarah to have a wide variety of unique foster animals in her home such as the 2 ft. alligator that lived in her living room (in an enclosure) and the 10 ft. boa that would soak in her bathtub. (www.earps.org)
Sarah is also an instigator with PART, a paranormal investigation group that aids and assists anyone who believes they are experiencing paranormal activity; free of charge. She enjoys working with this group because the members believe in a skeptical scientific approach to investigating the paranormal where the goal is to find natural causes for what someone is experiencing whenever possible. (www.paranormalanswersresearchteam.com)
On the side, Sarah is also a “spa girl”. She brings the spa to her clients in their own home or into their work place to teach them how to, and give them permission to relax and take care of themselves. Sarah says the even though she’s not a girly girl, she loves doing spa because her clients get to have fun girl time with her most stressed out friends and she just squirts product in people’s hands and tells them where to put it. (www.beautipage.com/sarahdehn)
In her free time, she sleeps…sometimes.
Our Practice Manager is Cori Lennox, a 2010 graduate of Purdue University, who has worked for the clinic in various capacities for nearly 14 years. She shares her home with a dog, two cats, a rabbit, a hedgehog, 4 rats, and a small flock of budgies. Her special interests are avian behavior and enrichment, and client education. See her section on enrichment tips for birds here: http://www.exoticvetclinic.com/care-sheets/pet-owners/birds/enrichment-tips-for-birds/.
Windy Woodward, RVT, is a graduate of Western Career College in Sacramento and is currently a receptionist for the clinic. She enjoys working with people and their pets to help them communicate with each other better. She also has an affinity for wildlife and birds of prey. She currently has a dog and a one-legged parrot named Samuel L. Beakerson.
Erin Clark is a graduate of Harrison College, School of Veterinary Technology. She has always loved working with animals and enjoys rehabilitating fearful and aggressive animals. Erin currently lives with an Australian cattle dog named Avon, a 7 year old guinea pig, a chinchilla, and a bearded dragon.
Megan Ritz is a veterinary assistant. She keeps our facility clean & animals happy. Her experience includes animal husbandry, behavior & adoption counseling. She shares her home with a dog, 3 cats, a hedgehog & various foster animals. She works at AEAC because she loves animals & loves the opportunity to comfort & care for them.
Megan graduated from The Chef’s Academy with a degree in Culinary Arts. She trained for 5 years & has become an award winning cake decorator. She started a small business, For the Love of Food Indy, a company designed to share her passion for food through custom cakes, baked goods & cooking classes.
An avid volunteer & wanting to give others an easier opportunity to get involved in their communities, she founded Act of Love, a non-profit group of people who volunteer with a different organization each month.
June’s been with the clinic for a number of years working the front desk only on Saturdays. She and her husband have had numerous pets in the past including lizards, frogs, toads, small birds, a turtle, hedgehogs, dogs, cats, and their favorite: ferrets, many of which came to them from or through AEAC. They currently have two dogs and two cats.