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Angell Animal Medical Center


Dr. Simone-Freilicher, Dr. Noonan, and Dr. Sullivan have received special training to offer wellness and emergency and critical care for avian and exotic pets. This team works in both our Boston and Waltham locations. Optimal wellness and emergency/critical care for avian, small mammal, reptile, fish, or other exotic pets requires experienced veterinary management, specialized diagnostic and treatment protocols, and equipment and facilities designed for these special species. The team has completed special training in exotic medicine, including rabbit and rodent dentistry, medical and surgical treatment of ferret diseases, and reptile medicine and surgery. Our doctors are available by appointment for primary care of avian and exotic cases. Our specialists are also happy to consult with yoIMG_3338ur primary care veterinarian for cases that may be referred to Angell’s Avian and Exotic Medicine Service.

Elisabeth Simone-Freilicher, DVM, DABVP (Avian Medicine) and Brendan Noonan, DVM, DABVP (Avian Medicine) are board certified avian specialists who treat our avian and exotic patients in Boston. Dr. Noonan also serves these unique patients at our Waltham location alongside Dr. Patrick Sullivan. Dr. Sullivan is residency trained in avian and exotic medicine.

Brendan Noonan, DVM DABVP (Avian)

Dr. Noonan figured out early on in life he was interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine while surrounding himself with exotic animals as pets. After graduating high school, he went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in animal science from Cornell University in 2005 followed by his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2009. His strong interest in exotic animal medicine, particularly avian, led him south toward warmer weather to complete an internship with Dr. Kelleher at Broward Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital in Coral Springs, Florida. He was fortunate enough to go back to Cornell in 2010 to pursue his ultimate goal of an ABVP (avian) residency with Cornell’s exotic animal medicine service. He finished his 3 year residency in July of 2013 and joined the Angell exotics team in September 2013. When he is not at the clinic Dr. Noonan enjoys spending time with his Umbrella Cockatoo, Eastern rosella parakeet, English budgie and 2 mix breed dogs.

Elisabeth Simone-Freilicher, DVM DABVP (Avian)

Dr. Simone-Freilicher is one of less than 140 doctors in the world who are board-certified in Avian Medicine. She has also completed specialty training in Exotic Medicine, including rabbit and rodent dentistry, medical and surgical treatment of ferret diseases, and reptile medicine and surgery. Dr. Simone-Freilicher is available by appointment for primary care as well as consultation or referral of avian and exotic cases.

Dr. Simone-Freilicher has over 20 years’ experience in pet bird biology, husbandry, behavior, and medicine. In 2010 she was recognized by the Association of Avian Veterinarians for “outstanding service and commitment to advancing and promoting avian medicine and stewardship.”

In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Simone-Freilicher has written numerous articles forVeterinary Practice News, Critters USA, andRabbits USA, as well as peer-reviewed case reports for the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Simone-Freilicher has provided educational lectures at meetings and events, and strongly believes that the better educated the pet owner, the better care the pet receives, which can prevent many unneccessary medical conditions.

Patrick Sullivan, DVM DABVP (Avian Practice)

Dr. Patrick Sullivan has always had an interest in exotic animals, keeping several different species growing up. Upon finishing an undergraduate degree at Mount Ida College, he went on to receive his doctorate in veterinary medicine from St. George’s University in 2009. After practicing in the Boston area for 4 years, Dr. Sullivan accepted a position as an Avian and Exotics intern at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. Following his internship, he completed an Avian & Zoological Medicine residency at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville. During his residency, he was able to work with companion exotic animals, as well as zoo and native wild animals. Working with conservation groups provided him with the opportunity to treat American black bears, bald eagles and non-domestic felines such as tigers, lions, leopards, and mountain lions. Dr. Sullivan finished his residency in July of 2017 and was thrilled to be able to come back home to Massachusetts to join the team at Angell West. In his free time, he enjoys live music, following Boston sports, and traveling.

Taryn Pena, DVM