INVITED SPEAKERS

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Stacey Leonatti Wilkinson, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (Reptiles/Amphibians)

Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital of Georgia

Stacey Leonatti Wilkinson graduated with her DVM from the University of Tennessee. She worked as an associate veterinarian at Avian and Exotic Animal Care in Raleigh, NC. She is the owner of Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital of Georgia, a practice exclusively dedicated to the care of exotic pets.  Dr. Wilkinson is also an adjunct assistant professor at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  She has been published in scientific and non-scientific journals, written multiple textbook chapters, and lectures nationally on exotic animal medicine and care.  She is Treasurer of the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians.

 

parkinsonLily Parkinson, DVM, Dipl. ACZM

University of Georgia

Lily Parkinson graduated with her DVM degree from Colorado State University. She completed a small animal rotating internship at North Carolina State University and a residency in Zoo Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the International Crane Foundation, and the Milwaukee County Zoo. She is currently an emergency and critical care resident at the University of Georgia.

 

 

 

Greenacre (2)Cheryl Greenacre, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (Avian, Exotic Companion Animal)

American Veterinary Medical Association  

Dr. Cheryl Greenacre is boarded in both Avian Medicine and Exotic Companion Mammal Medicine through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. She has been teaching avian and exotic animal medicine to students and veterinarians for over 20 years. Dr. Greenacre is the current Chair of the AVMA Avian Working Group on the Panel of Euthanasia, current Delegate representing the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) on the AVMA’s House of Delegates, and Past-President of the AAV. She published a book titled, “Backyard Poultry Medicine and Surgery – A Guide for Veterinary Practitioners”.

 

 

 

College of Veterinary Medicine Wildlife ClinicSamantha Sanders, DVM, Dipl. ACZM

University of Illinois 

Dr. Samantha Sander is a 2010 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her residency in zoological medicine at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park before becoming an associate at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine and the veterinary advisor for the AZA’s African Penguin Species Survival Plan. Dr. Sander joined the faculty at the University of Illinois in 2018 where she serves as Clinical Assistant Professor in Zoological Medicine and the Director of the Wildlife Medical Clinic.

 

 

ian-kandaIan Kanda, RVT, VTS (Exotic Companion Animal)

Oklahoma State University 

Ian is a Veterinary Technician in the Zoological Medicine service at Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, he earned a Diploma of Animal Health Technology from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and is a veterinary technician specialist in clinical practice for exotic companion animals. His research interests include hematology and parasitology of exotic pets and wildlife, wildlife conservation, advancements in captive husbandry, and in clinical procedures for minute patients.

 

 

 

Sheri Croce, CVT

Milwaukee County Zoo 

Sheri Croce is a Certified Veterinary Technician at the Milwaukee County Zoo  and she is very interested in developing training techniques for zoo species.  Prior to that, Sheri worked full time as an emergency and critical care technician from for 6 years before accepting her first full time zoo job with the Phoenix Zoo.  She still works at an emergency clinic part time and enjoys being able to bring those skills into the zoo world.   On a more personal note, she has a 12 year old terrier mix that she adopted from Joliet Junior College while she was in tech school and in her free time, Sheri enjoys photography and traveling.