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, D.V.M.

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. She loves to work with all animals, and aquatic animals have a special place in her heart!

In 2017 she relocated to Florida for her internship here at Broward Avian and Exotic Hospital, and she enjoyed it so much that she came back as an associate vet in 2018.

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 name Venus back in Brazil and she misses them greatly!

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Israel Swann, D.V.M.

Dr. Swann was born and raised in Southwest Texas with dogs and horses where his love for animals and science ignited his passion for veterinary medicine. He worked as a veterinary assistant in small animal private practice before attending Mississippi State University, College of Veterinary Medicine where he earned his DVM degree. After graduation, Dr. Swann worked as a general practitioner in Southern California treating canine and feline patients, as well as small animal exotics. While Dr. Swann enjoys working with all animals, he is passionate about exotic animal species as well as zoological and emergency medicine. He also strongly advocates the importance of wildlife medicine and global conservation.

Dr. Swann recently relocated to South Florida to join the awesome staff at BAEAH. When he is not working with his patients, he is working out in the gym, spending time with his fur baby Kody, or outdoors hiking or at the beach. Dr. Swann is excited to provide exceptional care for all the exotic species that call this beautiful state home.

Ryan Navarro, D.V.M. Intern

Dr. Ryan Navarro was born in Altoona, PA but grew up moving all over the United States as a Navy brat. He graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2018 with both a DVM and MS. He has a strong interest in exotic medicine and infectious disease and plans to pursue a career in wildlife conservation and Ph.D. training in virology. In the past, he has had the pleasure of caring for an African Sulcata, three ferrets, and a budgie. Presently, he has three cats: Dr. Ana Taco, Professor Cheddar Cheese Pizza, and Merlin Lord of the fleas.

Dyanne

Veterinary Technician

Dyanne is a Certified Veterinary Technician who was born and raised in Pennsylvania, but moved to South Florida to attend Nova Southeastern University in Davie 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 in May 2007, Dyanne was hired on as a full-time member of the staff. Her passion is working with exotic animals, but she especially loves rabbits and educating people about the joys of having house rabbits.

Dyanne is married to her wonderful husband Alex and they share their home with two adorable rabbits, Keiko and Koji, 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 breed ball pythons and have numerous reptilian pets, one guinea pig and two dogs. She teaches Sunday school for two year old’s 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 yoga, reading, and being outdoors in her spare time.

Kristin and her husband Matthew just welcomed their first son named Bram on New Year’s Eve, 2016.

Brooke

Veterinary Technician

Brooke was born and raised in Florida and joined our practice August 2016. She has worked with animals all her life and has volunteered countless hours at the humane society. Brooke has two little boys, Fisher and Dakoda, who keep her very busy. She has a pitbull named Boss, a schnauzer mix named Scooter, two cats named Little & Lumber, a rabbit named Luna and and African fat tail gecko named Gecky. On the rare occasion that she has free time, her family likes to go fishing, camping or spend the day at the beach.

Ashley

Veterinary Technician

Ashley is originally from Jamaica but has been in the United States since 2011. She graduated from Ardenne High School in Kingston, Jamaica and is an alumni of Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. Ashley has worked with animals all her life and has a deep rooted passion for them. She is also planning to pursue her DVM degree in the near future. Ashley has a Pitbull named Fatboy, whom she loves dearly and is planning on getting a uromastyx. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling, reading and playing soccer.

Auriel

Certified Veterinary Technician

Auriel was born in Odessa, TX and moved to South Florida at the age of five with her parents. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences from FAU in 2012, and afterwards was a wildlife rehabilitator for 3.5 years at a Florida Nature Center and Wildlife Hospital. In 2016 she started her journey into emergency veterinary medicine doing overnight shifts with dogs and cats. During that time she went back to school to become a certified veterinary technician, She earned her CVT and passed her state boards in March of 2020! As a student she did an externship with us and we were very eager to ask her to join our team in April 2020. Her not so secret passion is Opossums.

Rachel

Technician

Rachel graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor in Biological Sciences and started out as a volunteer with us to further her education and help her on her path to becoming a veterinarian. After a very short time, we offered her a job and she has very quickly become a vital team member. She is actively applying to vet school now and we hope she returns to us often as an extern. She will be heading off to vet school with her two cats Hades and Zeus.

Jasmine

Assistant Manager

Did you ever meet someone and just know??? Well we met Jasmine as she made and served us our sub sandwiches and liked her instantly. We recruited her based on her winning smile and ability to multitask with accuracy and speed. She is our homegrown girl, and now heads up our client services. She is compassionate, very bright and always eager to help. She is a Jersey girl who shares her life with her Min Pin mix Porker and her frisky young cat Binx.

Jamie T.

Client Services

Jamie joined us in 2019 with experience at a cat/dog hospital. You have a good chance of getting her on the phone or having her take the history for your pets visit. She has become an invaluable team member and has contributed so much, especially as we have had to switch to curbside service. Her ability to multitask with compassion and patience is amazing. She hasn’t adopted and exotic critters yet…but adores cats and shares her home with an awesome dog named Griffin.

Sandra Young, CVT

Practice Manager

Sandra comes to us with over 25 years of experience in veterinary critical care and specialty medicine. She has her wildlife rehabilitators permit, endangered species and bird of prey permits as well a class one rehab permit. She has been a Certified technician since 1996 and has taken on the task of helping Dr. Kelleher steer this ship that is BAEAH. She and her husband are very active with Cattle dog rescue and enjoy training, fostering and finding forever homes for these smart working dogs.