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. 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 three cats, two rats, a dog, and a leopard gecko named Yoshi!
A native of beautiful Northern Michigan, Sarah received her veterinary technician degree from Baker College in 2006, and has 9 plus years of exotic animal experience.
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)
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/
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.
Brianna (Brie) Worrell is a recent graduate from Harrison College School of Veterinary Technology. Her passion for animals stems from living on a small Hoosier farm. She has cared for a variety of animals since she was a little girl, including: sheep, goats, water fowl, chickens, a peacock, cats, dogs, bunnies, a bearded dragon, and hedgehogs. She also has experience in a college laboratory working in research on grasshopper mice, beach mice, and laboratory rats.
Having recently finished her externship at Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic, she is excited to permanently join the AEAC family as an assistant until she passes her boards in 2016, where she will become an RVT at the clinic. Eventually, she also hopes to pursue animal disaster relief and rescue with a focus on animal rehabilitation.
Kim has had a love for animals her entire life. Starting as a child working in kennels, she has worked in various positions in the animal industry for over 14 years, and wouldn’t have it any other way! Kim has a passion for the outdoors, including gardening and anything wildlife related! She enjoys working together with clients and their pets to help provide the best care possible and hopes to eventually become a certified wildlife rehabilitator! Kim shares her home with her husky, Marahute, 3 cats: Archimedes, Moses, and Gidget, and a chameleon named Joanna.
Casey Gardner is a recent graduate of Harrison College with a degree in Veterinary Technology. Casey is currently a Veterinary Assistant and is applying to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Casey has always had a passion for animals, especially exotic and wild species. She looks forward to a lifelong career caring for animals and hopes to one day also work with wildlife rehabilitation. Casey has owned numerous animals including sugar gliders, an iguana, ferrets, cats, and a rabbit. She enjoys reading, movies, and being outdoors.
Savannah is a recent graduate of the Vet Tech Institute at the International Business College with a degree in Veterinary Technology. She is currently in pursuit of her RVT. While studying for her degree, she spent nearly three years working in a University lab with mice, rats, and axolotl salamanders. Savannah has always had a special affinity for reptiles, especially lizards. She has more than ten years of experience keeping and caring for an assortment of reptiles including bearded dragons, crested geckos, leopard geckos, green and brown anoles, a ball python and a Mali uromastyx. She also especially loves rats! Outside of her interests in exotic animals, Savannah also enjoys various arts such as painting, sketching, reading, creative writing, and sewing.
Heather Sokol is excited to be part of the reception team, joining the work force for the very first time at nearly 40. She has spent almost 20 years as a stay at home mom and has been married to Spencer for most of her life. Together, they run Studio 27, specializing in design, development, and social strategy to help small businesses tell their stories.
They share their little stone house with three cats, two dogs, two ferrets, a rabbit, a gerbil, two chinchillas, several rats, and a variety of other foster pets that come and go. The animals are primarily cared for by one of her five children, who hopes to be an exotic vet one day. Heather mostly just drives and buys the food.
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.