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.