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Veterinary Center For Birds & Exotics

Veterinary Center For Birds & Exotics

709 Bedford Road | Bedford Hills, NY 10507

Call 914-215-1713
Monday 8:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday 8:00am - 7:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 1:00pm
Sunday Closed
  • Special care for birds & exotics
  • Complete medical care & surgery
  • Full service boarding
  • Available 24/7 for emergencies
  • Right off Saw Mill Parkway
  • Animal Boarding
  • Animal Daycare
  • Animal Flea Control
  • Animal Grooming
  • Animal Microchipping
  • Bird Vet
  • Emergency Veterinary Clinic
  • Exotic Animal Vet
  • Holistic Veterinary Medicine
  • Reptile Vet
  • Small Animal Vet
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Docking
  • Veterinary Euthanasia
  • Veterinary Medical Specialties
  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Veterinary Vaccinations
  • New Pet Initial Visit
  • Physical Exam
Description

Dr. Hess is owner of Veterinary Center For Birds & Exotics - the first and only all bird and exotic animal hospital in Westchester County and the surrounding areas in New York and Connecticut. We care exclusively for birds and other exotic species - no dogs or cats. Dr. Hess, who is board-certified in bird medicine and who is the President of the Association of Avian (bird) Veterinarians for 2009-2010, specializes not only in birds but also in other exotic species including rabbits, ferrets, reptiles (snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises), guinea pigs, small rodents (rats, mice, degus, hamsters, gerbils), sugar gliders, chinchillas, hedgehogs, prairie dogs, kinkajous, wallabys, and fennec foxes.

The Veterinary Center offers offer complete medical and surgical care, as well full service boarding, for exotic species. All pets must receive a physical examination at the Center before boarding to help ensure that they are healthy to board. Through the special Internet cameras installed in all the areas where pets are caged in the hospital, Dr. Hess is able to see all hospitalized patients and boarders after-hours from outside the hospital. The Center's boarding room also has a TV for boarding pets to watch, music piped in through a ceiling speaker, and sliding partitions that move between cages to enable privacy between boarders.

Dr. Hess not only treats sick exotic pets, but also advises exotic pet owners about preventative care/wellness medicine, including proper diets, environment, and behavior. All exotic pets should have annual check-ups, just like dogs and cats, and all new exotic pets should be examined so that their owners can learn the proper ways to care for these unique species to try to ensure that they stay healthy.

Dr. Hess is the most experienced residency-trained exotic animal vet and board-certified bird specialist in Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, Putnam, and Orange Counties. She is available 24 hours a day by phone to help exotic animal owners determine whether their pets are having a true emergency. She provides overnight care at the Veterinary Center for non-critical cases and facilitates care of critical cases that need continuous monitoring overnight through her affiliation with several local large 24-hour emergency veterinary hospitals in Westchester.

To schedule a check up for your exotic pet. The Veterinary Center is conveniently located right off the Saw Mill Parkway, at the corner of Green Lane and Route 117 in Bedford Hills, just 20 minutes from White Plains, 45 minutes from Manhattan, and 25 minutes from the Tappan Zee Bridge and Danbury, CT. The Center accepts all major credit and debit cards (Mastercard, Visa, Discover, American Express), cash, checks, and select pet insurance. Payment is required at the time services are rendered or upon discharge from the hospital. Before any treatment is begun, a detailed medical care plan individualized to each patient is written and reviewed with you so that you are well informed of estimated costs associated with providing your pet with the best medical care.When major medical problems arise, the Center offers financing through Care Credit, if you qualify.

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Dr. Laurie Hess

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.

She was on staff at the Animal Medical Center for eight years and head of the Center's Avian and Exotic Pet Service. While there, Dr. Hess trained dozens of interns and resident veterinarians in exotic pet practice.

She has also worked in private veterinary practice in Manhattan, Westchester County, and Connecticut.

Dr. Hess is President of the international Association of Avian (Bird) Veterinarians for 2009-2010. She has lectured both nationally and internationally. She regularly speaks to local bird clubs and schools 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 1990's, she completed groundbreaking nutrition research on the importance of pelleted diets in birds. She presented these findings both in Europe and in the the U.S. and later published the research in 2002.

Dr. Hess has also appeared as a guest expert on Animal Planet as part of Drs. Foster and Smith's TV series, "Faithful Friends," and as a featured veterinarian on CBS's popular news magazine show, "48 Hours." She also appeared weekly as the "Exotic Pet Vet" on the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut cable station, RNN TV.

She is an associate editor of the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery and a guest editor of the Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine, Veterinary Clinics of North America (Exotic Animal Series) and of Exotic DVM Magazine.

Dr. Hess has served as a consultant for Harrison's Bird Foods and is an active member of several professional associations, including the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians and the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians. Learn more about Dr. Hess and her services by visiting her website, www.avianexoticsvet.com.

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