Our Exotics Team Is Lead By

Image of Dr. Julia ShakeriJulia Shakeri, DVM, DABVP (Avian), DACEPM
Associate Emergency Clinician

Prior to joining Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Shakeri completed 5 years of intensive, post-doctoral training to be able to confidently provide exceptional veterinary care for the avian and exotic animals in our area. After graduating with a degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois, Dr. Shakeri completed a 1-year internship in general canine and feline medicine and surgery here in Connecticut, followed by a 1-year specialty internship in avian and exotic animal medicine in Maryland, and finally a 3-year residency in avian medicine and surgery in Tampa, Florida.

Organizations that Dr. Shakeri has worked with and volunteered for include:
– The Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary: Provided advanced medical and surgical care for wild and non-releasable seabirds.
– The Florida Parrot Rescue
– Multiple Gopher Tortoises Rehabilitation Resources in the Tampa Bay Area: Provided basic care and advanced shell repair surgeries for these threatened and protected animals.
– Florida Fish and Wildlife, Avian and Exotic Animal Amnesty Day Events
– Tampa Bay SPCA
– Lowery Park Zoo
– North Carolina Wildlife and Zoo Animal Rehabilitation Center

During her career, Dr. Shakeri has mentored and trained veterinary professionals, wildlife rehabilitation workers, exotic animal caretakers, and the general public on topics concerning avian and exotic animal health and welfare. She has worked with a large variety of collection types including pets, zoo animals, performing show animals (mostly birds), falconry raptors, non-releasable exhibition and teaching animals, wildlife, and multiple avian and small mammal rescue and shelter societies.

Dr. Julia Shakeri is available by appointment. The Exotic Animal Department sees avian, small companion mammals and reptile/amphibian species. The Avian/Exotic Pet department at Central Hospital offers wellness examinations as well as treatment and hospitalization of sick birds, reptiles, amphibians, and small companion animals such as sugar gliders, guinea pigs, rabbits and ferrets. Basic evaluation and supportive care is available through our emergency department.
Our Exotics Service Provides:
Proper Diet and Husbandry Reproductive Diseases
Geriatric Pet Management GI Stasis in Rabbits and Other Herbivores
Dental Disease Head Tilt Disorders in Rabbits and Guinea Pigs
Self- Mutilation in Birds and Sugar Gliders Adrenal Disease in Ferrets
Trauma Care and Wound Management