Avian and Exotic Animal Care and Veterinary Hospital is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. The hospital is fully staffed with four veterinarians--Dr. Johnson, Dr. Eckermann-Ross, Dr. Emanuele, and Dr. Bender, who specialize in providing veterinary care to exotic pets and birds. The hospital serves pets living in the greater Raleigh and Research Triangle areas of North Carolina. The hospital has an in-house laboratory for basic bloodwork and intensive care facilities for critical patients.
Dr. Christine Eckermann-Ross joined Avian and Exotic Animal Care after graduating from North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Eckermann-Ross earned a BS in Biochemistry and worked as a research specialist in Radiation Oncology at UNC/CH. Dr. Eckermann-Ross serves as an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at NCSU-CVM, and has lectured at professional conferences on avian and exotic animal medicine and acupuncture. She is a certified veterinary acupuncturist and herbalist. She has special interests in avian medicine, acupuncture, herbal medicine, surgery, and oncology.
Dan Johnson, DVM, DABVP
Dr. Johnson earned his BS in Biology from North Carolina State University in 1988, and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from NCSU-College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. He worked in small animal and emergency medicine for 4 years before starting North Carolina's first all-exotics practice. Dr. Johnson serves as an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at NCSU-CVM. He is Board Certified in Exotic Companion Mammal Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) and is past president of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV). Dr. Johnson publishes and lectures nationally about avian and exotic animal medicine. His areas of special interest include surgery, orthopedics, zoological medicine, and exotic animal dentistry.
Victoria Bender, DVM
Dr. Victoria Bender earned a BS in Biology from Duke University in 2011, followed by a DVM from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. During veterinary school, she spent time learning at various zoological institutions and conducted research on the immune systems of elephants and manatees. Dr. Bender’s special interests include avian medicine, dentistry, surgery, and behavior.