The Exotic Bird Hospital, Inc. is an avian and exotic animal hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. The owner and founder of the practice is Dr. Rhoda Stevenson, who is a board-certified specialist in avian species by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Dr. Erin Hughes, who has her Master’s Degree in Toxicology and Dr. Peggy Shashy, who is a volunteer as a first responder for animal disasters, also work at the hospital. The hospital is fully staffed with veterinary and laboratory technicians, front of the house staff, and their own in-house laboratory, boarding facilities, and surgery suite.
Dr. Erin Hughes, graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Originally from Louisiana, she has lived in the Gainesville area for many years and has a Master’s Degree in Toxicology also from the University of Florida. She is trained as a large and small animal veterinarian and worked at a mixed animal practice after graduation where she took care of a variety of species from horses to rabbits to a gecko. She worked as a veterinarian at a local humane society where she had the pleasure of helping many animals that would not have had a chance otherwise. Dr. Hughes also works closely with several local rescues including a rabbit rescue. Dr. Hughes currently lives in Keystone Heights with her husband Rick and a family of horses, donkeys, rabbits, cats and dogs.
Peggy Shashy, DVM
Dr. Shashy graduated from Ross University in 1989 and did her senior year at Oklahoma State University and has practiced in the Jacksonville area for over 20 years. She is a small animal veterinarian with a special interest in exotics. She also rehabilitates all types of wildlife and has worked with BEAKS for over twenty years. She is a volunteer for Pet Amnesty Day at the Jacksonville Zoological Gardens every other year. She is a member of the Florida Veterinary Corps and Florida State Agricultural Response Team whose main purpose is to volunteer as first responders for animal disasters, such as hurricanes. She has 2 dogs, 7 birds and 1 tortoise. She is an avid marathon runner and plans to do all 50 states. She loves to travel to Central and South America to bird watch. She also loves hiking, yoga and the beach.
Rhoda Stevenson, DVM, DABVP (Avian)
Dr. Stevenson is a graduate of the University of Florida Veterinary Medical School and has practiced in Jacksonville for over 20 years. She is board certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in avian specialty and has owned and operated the Exotic Bird Hospital since 1995, where over 10,000 patients were seen last year. Rhoda has written articles for national magazines and presented seminars for international organizations. She is also involved with community education appearing on local television and presenting to schools, libraries and several Florida bird clubs. She has worked with the Jacksonville Zoo, is a member of the Zoo Animal Health Committee, and is a frequent consultant for Marineland.