Featured Speakers

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Susan E. Orosz

DVM, PhD, Dipl ABVP(Avian), ECZM(Avian)
Bird and Exotic Pet Wellness Center – Toledo, Ohio

Dr. Orosz is an internationally known avian/exotic animal veterinarian and anatomist.  She received her PhD in human neuroanatomy from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in 1980 and her DVM degree from The Ohio State University in 1984. From 1986-2000, Dr. Orosz taught avian medicine and surgery at The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.  During her tenure, she developed the Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine Service at the Teaching Hospital as well as the ABVP Avian Residency Program.  Dr. Orosz authored the award-winning text, Avian Surgical Anatomy:  Thoracic and Pelvic Limbs, and co-authored Manual of Avian Medicine with Dr. Glen Olsen.  She has written on a variety of topics for research publications from red panda reproduction to antifungal drugs in birds. During 2000-2003, she served as scientific editor for The Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery. Dr Orosz is a past President of the Association of Avian Veterinarians and a recipient of The Dr TJ Labefer Avian Practitioner of the Year Award. Dr. Orosz is owner of the Bird and Exotic Pet Wellness Center in Toledo, Ohio and is a consultant for the Lafeber Company.

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DVM, MS, DABVP (Avian, Reptilian, Amphibian) DACZM
Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Dr. J. Jill Heatley received her veterinary degree from Texas A&M University in 1995 and completed her Zoological Medicine residency and Master of Science degree at Louisiana State University in 2002. After spending four years as an assistant clinical professor of zoo and exotic animal medicine at Auburn University, she returned to Texas A&M in 2006 as an associate professor of zoological medicine. Her research interests include the application of emergency and critical care techniques to zoological species, ecosystem health monitoring through native species, epidemiology of infectious disease in wildlife, anti-predator conditioning of endangered avian species prior to reintroduction, and oil spill response. Approaches to these questions are via determination and analysis of patient side clinicopathologic analytes. She is also active in continuing Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center sponsored research of Avian Bornaviridae in parrots and other species. Special species interests include spring salamanders of central Texas, the Texas Tortoise, and Quaker parrots.  In her spare time, she enjoys gardening for tortoises, tending bonsai, music festivals, and travel.


Jack Kottwitz

DVM, CertAqV

Jack grew up on a hog and cattle farm in Hermann, Missouri, where he still has close ties with the farming/river community. He received his veterinary medical degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, entering private practice as a mixed-animal practitioner after graduation. Jack completed an internship in exotic animal medicine and surgery at The Ohio State University, followed by more time in private practice as an exotic animal veterinarian, and then time as a resident in Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Animal Medical Center (AMC) in Manhattan, NY. After AMC, Jack served as the zoo veterinarian at the Montgomery Zoo in Montgomery, Alabama. While at the Montgomery Zoo, Jack was appointed as an Affiliate Associate Professor in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where he continues to teach exotic, fish, and zoo medicine to veterinary students. In 2013, Jack began a PhD in clinical pharmacology with research focusing on the effects of anesthesia and analgesic drugs in megavertebrates and exotic animal pharmacology. Jack is currently the Zoo Veterinarian at Noah’s Ark, in Locust Grove, Georgia.

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Sarah Kolb

Iowa State University Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center

Sarah Kolb graduated from Minnesota School of Health Science/Globe College in 2005, and is currently working towards her bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology through St. Petersburg College in Florida. She has worked in the Primary Care/Exotic Companion Animal Department and Wildlife Care Clinic at Iowa State University Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center located in Ames, Iowa, since 2006. In 2015, Sarah achieved VTS status with the AVTCP- exotic companion animals. Sarah is also a CE instructor for VSPN, a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, and parrot foster home for her local Animal Rescue League.


Guest Wet Lab Instructors


Erin Lemley

Dane County Humane Society Wildlife Center

Erin Lemley graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a bachelor’s degree in 2007. She has been involved in wildlife rehabilitation since 2009 and became a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in 2012. She became a Certified Veterinary Technician after graduating from the veterinary technology program at Madison College in 2015. Erin works in wildlife rehabilitation at Dane County Humane Society Wildlife Center, and is especially interested in wound management and clinical pathology.

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Betsy Elsmo

Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Dr. Elsmo earned both her bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology (2008) and her DVM (2013) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed her residency training in anatomic pathology at the University of Georgia, where she specialized in wildlife pathology. Dr. Elsmo has special interests in infectious disease, wildlife health, and avian pathology. She is currently a diagnostic pathologist at the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.