Dr. Jenkins is a husband and father. His wife, Lisa, is the Hospital Manager at the Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital. His two children, Christopher and Victoria, share their parents love of animals.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Utah ('78), his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University ('83), completed a Preceptorship at the Denver Zoological Gardens ('82) and a "working residency" with Drs. Walter Rosskopf and Richard Woerpel at the Animal Medical Centre in Hawthorne, California ('83-'85). He opened the Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital March 2, 1987.
Dr. Jenkins was one of the first 20 in the world to be board certified in Avian Practice. He is recognized internationally for his work in avian and exotic animal medicine and surgery. He has lectured both nationally and internationally on a variety of subjects and his work published in peer-reviewed journals, texts and monographs.
He has been actively involved with several veterinary organizations including the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) where he was President ('92-'93), Conference Chairman ('91-'92), and Education Chairman ('93-95). Dr. Jenkins was the Exotic Animal Program Chairman for the Eastern States Veterinary Association's North American Veterinary Conference (‘93-’96), one of the worlds largest veterinary conferences. He was a charter member of the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV). He is active in the San Diego Veterinary Medical Association and the California Veterinary Medical Association where he sat on the House of Delegates (‘90-98) and currently acts as an Alternate Delegate. Dr. Jenkins is active in the National and San Diego Chapter of the American Association of Laboratory Animal Scientists (AALAS) where he was a Director and acted as the Program Chairman for the District 8 Annual Conference ('93) and a member of both the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP) and the California Laboratory Animal Specialists (CLAMS). He is also a member of the American Association of Avian Pathologist (AAAP) where he sits on the Committee on Wildlife Diseases. Dr. Jenkins and his practice were instrumental in forming the San Diego Chapter of the House Rabbit Society and Ferrets Anonymous.
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