Susan Kelleher, D.V.M.
Dr. Kelleher is originally from Buffalo, NY. Don’t worry Dolphin Fans, she doesn’t know football well and roots for anybody who scores! She received her Bachelor’s degree with a dual major in Chemistry and Biology from Alfred University in 1990 and went on to veterinary school at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.
While in high school and college Dr. Kelleher volunteered at the Buffalo Zoo and gained extensive experience by working closely with the bird keepers. Throughout veterinary school, she was very active in the avian, exotic and wildlife program and spent a lot of time volunteering at the Clinch River Raptor Center. Towards the end of her senior year of veterinary school, she spent two months working with Dr. Jeff Jenkins in San Diego as a student extern.
After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Kelleher fulfilled her dreams of being warm in the winter by moving to Florida in August of 1995. She spent her first 3 1/2 years in small animal practices in South Florida. As time went on and her following of avian and exotic pets grew, she decided to “take the plunge” and start her own practice. The result…Broward Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital. This has been a dream come true: a quiet atmosphere where Dr. Kelleher can focus all her attention on the special needs of unique pets.
In addition to practicing medicine, Dr. Kelleher enjoys spending time with her daughters Elba and Claire, her son, Myles and husband Greg as well as the family's furry, feathered and scaly pets. Her pets include a cat, William, an 90lb African Spur Thigh tortoise named Durda, Xander a Blue and Gold Macaw, and an English Budgie, Nathaniel (sorry, no partridge in a pear tree!). She also enjoys baseball, gardening, reading, knitting, biking, geocaching and sewing. She hosts veterinary students from both the USA and abroad for externships at the clinic and is a well known lecturer at both national and international veterinary meetings.
Many of you who have been clients here for a long time may have noticed that somebody is missing....Maggie. Maggie was Dr. K's constant companion. She came to the clinic daily with Dr. K and enjoyed both giving and receiving attention. Maggie was with Dr. K since June 26, 1990. She helped children get over their fear of dogs, helped with "grief counseling", keeping tired toddlers occupied while their parents focused on their pet's needs as well as keeping people company when Dr. K got behind in appointments. Maggie passed away February 23, 2007. She was just 7 weeks shy of her 17th birthday. She is greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Dr. K is available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and first Saturday of every month for appointments and consultations.
Lauren Thielen, Associate D.V.M.
Dr. Lauren Thielen is originally from Texas and attended Texas A&M University (TAMU) College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Kaytee Avian and Special Species Award for her interest in and contribution to avian research and medicine. Because of her passion of exotic animal medicine, Dr. Thielen came for a 1-year exotic animal medicine internship at Broward Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital with Dr. Kelleher. She then went on to complete a 2-year avian residency at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills, New York, where she was able to work towards her life-long goal of becoming a board certified avian specialist. Dr. Thielen serves as the Marketing Chair for the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians. She is also a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Before her time at TAMU, Dr. Thielen worked as a veterinary technician for 4 years during which time she participated in wildlife rehabilitation, one of her many passions. Other exotic animal experiences include working at the animal health department of the Columbus Zoo and conducting field research on macaws in the heart of the Amazon rainforest at the Tambopata Research Center in Peru. In her free time she likes to spend time with her numerous pets- cats Theo and Kit-10, rabbits Benjamin and Livvy, guinea pigs Molly and Ana, and a bronze-wing pionus parrot named Evie. She also enjoys running, birding, kayaking, and basically anything the great outdoors has to offer.
Matt Grootenboer, D.V.M.
Dr. Matt Grootenboer graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. He completed an internship at a small animal emergency and specialty hospital in his home state of New Jersey before moving down to the Sunshine State to follow his dream of working with companion exotic species. Dr. G has a passion for wildlife and zoo species, as well, having worked at several zoos (Six Flags Great Adventure Wild Safari and Philadelphia Zoo among others) as everything from a veterinary assistant to an animal trainer/tour guide. He believes strongly in the role of zoos to spread the message of conservation.
Ironically, Dr. G only recently acquired his first exotic pets in a pair of rats named Waffles and Sushi. His cat, Penny, and Labrador Retriever, Biscuit, did not know what to make of this. When not working, Dr. G enjoys staying active either at the gym or at the beach biking and kayaking. He may be afraid of flying, but he doesn’t mind facing his fears if it means travelling the world. With family in the area and his favorite football team (Miami Dolphins) right down I-95, Dr. G feels right at home in South Florida.