Bird & Exotic Clinic of Seattle, located in Seattle, WA, is an exclusively bird, reptile, and small mammal practice. They do not treat dogs. The practice was founded in 1997. It is the only exotic pet clinic in the Pacific Northwest that's staffed with two Board-certified specialist veterinarians. The clinic has an inhouse laboratory where they can obtain rapid bloodwork results.
Dr. Lejnieks founded the Bird and Exotic Clinic in 1997 with his wife, Dr. Bennett. Dr. Lejnieks is one of only 2 exotic companion mammal specialists in the entire Pacific Northwest. His specialty includes ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, rodents, chinchillas, hedgehogs, sugar gliders, degus and all other small companion mammals with the exception of dogs and cats. Dr. Lejnieks graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 1994. He spent four and a half years in a postgraduate fellowship at the University of Washington. During his fellowship, he gained extensive experience in cardiovascular and microsurgical techniques. Dr. Lejnieks has extensive surgical experience and frequently performs surgery on a referral basis for clinics around the northwest. He has also provided his surgical skills to the Seattle Animal Shelter, Rabbit Haven, PAWS Wildlife Center and the Point Defiance Zoo. Dr. Lejnieks has completed advanced training in avian endoscopy, orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, and dental conditions of lagomorphs and rodents and enjoys a clinical practice that is 90% small exotic mammals. Dr. Lejnieks has published many medical and surgical papers encompassing pioneering techniques in vascular and gastrointestinal surgery in rodents, designed a novel technique for the repair of beak fractures in large psittacines, and has published papers on medical conditions of the male rodent urogenital system. In August of 2008, he spoke at the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians Conference in Savannah, Georgia concerning special medical problems of the male rodent.
Tracy Bennett, DVM, DABVP (avian)
Dr. Bennett received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 1994. While at WSU she was the recipient of the Association of Avian Veterinarians scholarship. After graduation Dr. Bennett began exotic pet practice in Seattle with the late Robert Shelley DVM. She then founded the Bird and Exotic Clinic of Seattle in 1997 with her husband Dr. Lejnieks. Dr. Bennett became a board certified avian specialist in 2000. She is a past president of the Pacific Northwest Association of Avian and Exotic Veterinarians and is a board member of the Cockatoo Rescue and Sanctuary. She has assisted the Cockatoo Rescue and Sanctuary, the Pacific Northwest Herpetological Society, Seattle Animal Shelter, PAWS Wildlife Center and many other animal rescue organizations. Dr. Bennett has been a speaker at the International Conference on Exotics and at the annual Association of Avian Veterinarians conference. She has published her work on herbal treatment of feather picking in birds and on the holistic treatment of osteoarthritis in birds and has also contributed two chapters in the recently published British Small Animal Veterinary Association’s Manual of Exotic Pets 5th edition. Her chapters covered chelonian medicine and anuran medicine.