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.

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Veronica Pardini, DVM, CertAqV

Dr. Pardini is originally from Sao Paulo Brazil, where she graduated from veterinary school in 2012. She has always loved the USA and exotic animal medicine, so she pursued different externships in zoos and aquariums all around the country.

In 2017 she relocated to Florida for her internship here at Broward Avian and Exotic Hospital and decided to stay on as an associate vet. She loves to work with all animals, but specifically aquatics! She loves them so much that she became certified in aquatic medicine. In her free time, she rides horses, goes to the beach, and enjoys watching horror movies with her husband. She has a screech owl named Jack and a horse named Venus back in Brazil and she misses them greatly!
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Hayley Healan, DVM

Dr. Healan is joining us for our internship program this year! She is originally from Orange Beach, AL, and Gainesville, GA. She received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Georgia and is a die-hard fan of Georgia football (sorry gator fans).

Following this, she attended Auburn University where she received her doctorate in veterinary medicine. She has a special interest in exotic companions and native wildlife species and is so excited to be practicing in South Florida. In her free time, she likes to hike, collect antiques/thrift shopping, and explore unique places in the camper she lives in full time with her dog, Pickles.
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Alonso Rivero, DVM

Dr. Rivero is joining us for our internship program this year! Dr. Rivero has always had a huge interest in exotic patients. Born and raised in Mexico City, he practiced exotic animal medicine in a private clinic for 3 years; after that, he happily moved to San Diego to work at an animal and bird hospital, which had a very high caseload of exotic patients.

Now, he is very excited to have joined our hospital since he is finally fully committed to exotic animal medicine! Though he adores all animals (except mosquitoes), he admits to having a weakness for avian patients. One day, he wishes to promote the conservation of endangered wildlife species through zoological medicine. He also loves teaching and will not let go of an opportunity for a good class session. Some of his hobbies include enjoying nature, learning history, and working out.
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Jasmine

Practice Manager

Jasmine is our Jersey girl who enjoys life with her multiple pets, such as Porker, Binx, and Moose. We met her as she made and served us our sub sandwiches and liked her instantly. She started back in 2017 as part of our client services team but has climbed her way to her current position as practice manager. We have enjoyed seeing her grow into our wonderful manager today!

Dyanne, CVT

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Dyanne, CVT – Certified Veterinary Technician
Dyanne was born and raised in Pennsylvania but moved to South Florida to attend Nova Southeastern University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree. Deciding to pursue a career in animal nursing, she went back to school and graduated from Miami Dade College’s Veterinary Technician program in 2007.

After graduation, she was hired as a full-time member of the staff. Her passion is working with exotic animals, but especially loves rabbits and educating people about the joys of having house rabbits. She is married to her wonderful husband, Alex, and they share their home with multiple rabbits, along with a precocious Timneh African Grey parrot named Gibson. She also enjoys reading, running, mountain biking, watching movies, and drinking craft beer with friends.
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Kristin

Veterinary Technician

Kristin was born and raised in South Florida. She graduated from Deerfield Beach High School in 2000. She married Matthew, her high school sweetheart, in October 2006. Together they have several species of pets. She teaches Sunday school for two-year-olds at her church. Kristin joined our practice in April of 2008. She spent the prior 2.5 years as a bird and reptile keeper at Miami Seaquarium. She enjoys reading and being outdoors in her spare time. Kristin has two beautiful boys that also love all the animals.

Hailey

Veterinary Technician

Hailey was born and raised in Michigan and came to South Florida in 2009. She went to FAU for Communications, but then soon decided she wanted to go back to school to pursue her Biology degree and become a veterinarian. She came to us with 2 cats and has now acquired a Jenday Conure of her own. In her free time, she loves reading, paddle boarding, and scuba diving, for which she recently obtained her license.

Richard

Veterinary Technician

Richie, a South Florida native, is an aviculturist, a chef, and an owner/operator of an organic bird food company called “Preferred Bird Treats”. He graduated from FAU in 2013 with a major in Biology and devoted his time to avian rescues and nature centers. His current endeavors consist of cultivating awareness and educating the community about parrots through workshops, dietary plans, and tricks/behavioral training. Creating a symbiotic relationship between animals and humans is just one of his many passions.

Suheily

Veterinary Technician

Suheily was born and raised in South Florida while her family is from Peru. Like much of our staff, she has many pets of her own such as 3 dogs, 2 cats, a guinea pig, a tarantula, and a snake. She has been a veterinary technician at dog and cat hospitals for the past 3 years. We are the first exotics hospital she has worked at and given how much she has enjoyed exotic pets of her own in the past, she loves working here. Some of her hobbies include fostering animals, spending time with her pets, and going to Disney with her fiance.

Kelsie

Technician Assistant

Kelsie was born and raised in South Florida. She has 2 cats, a dog, 2 red-foot tortoises, and a tarantula. She has been working with dogs and cats since 2012 and enjoyed every minute of it. In 2015, she welcomed her son, Cole, who became just as passionate about animals as she is. Working with us, Kelsie has found her love for exotic animals. In her spare time, she loves to go to the beach, take her son fishing, and spend time with her family.

Kiana

Head Of Client Services

Kiana grew up in New Port Richey, FL while her family is from Bolivia and Portugal. In 2020, she graduated from UCF (go knights!) with her Bachelor’s in Biology/Zoology and a minor in Psychology. She has known she wanted to work with exotic animals ever since she was a little girl, so she was very excited when she got the opportunity to work with us. She loves visiting zoos and beaches, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her family and her dog, Lacey.

Amaris

Client Services

Amaris was born and raised in South Florida, but also has roots in Honduras. She went to FIU for Landscape Architecture but then realized her true dream was to work with animals. Since then, she has acquired many pets, including a bearded dragon, a finch, and a Dachshund mix named “Marbles”. She is also a foster for rescuing rabbits when needed. Her positive attitude towards our staff and clients on a day-to-day basis makes her a valuable member of our team.

Belle

Client Services

Belle is from New Jersey and moved here to go to Nova Southeastern University. She found her love for animals working at a sea turtle hospital and plans to go to veterinary school after her undergrad. She assists with a rabbit rescue and has 2 rescued animals of her own: Oakley, her dog, and Legacy, her snake. During her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time on the water.