Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists (GCVS) are located in Houston, Texas, and are considered to be one of the largest veterinary hospitals in the United States. The hospital was founded by a group of specialized, board-certified veterinarians. The hospital is equipped with the latest veterinary technology and support staff of certified veterinary technicians.
board certified specialists who are dedicated to providing advanced care for exotic pets such as birds, ferrets, rabbits, hedgehogs, small rodents, chinchillas, guinea pigs, lizards, snakes, and even amphibians. The practice is located in Houston, Texas.
Dr. Natalie Antinoff is board certified in Avian Practice. She completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery, and a residency in Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine and Surgery at The Animal Medical Center in New York. She treats a wide variety of species, including birds, reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals. She has a special interest and has done her research in advanced imaging of birds, including CT and MRI. Collaboration with the other specialists already available allows diagnostic and therapeutic strategies tailored to the specific needs of birds and exotic pets. Dr. Antinoff lectures locally, nationally and internationally; and has authored articles and chapters in professional texts and journals. She serves as a mentor for veterinarians seeking board certification and also as an online consultant for veterinarians. Veterinary students spend time at Gulf Coast Avian & Exotics as part of their elective rotation. Dr. Antinoff was awarded the 2003 Non-Traditional Species Practitioner of the Year Award by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and the Speaker of the Year Award by the Association of Avian Veterinarians in 2015. Dr. Antinoff was featured in Nat Geo WILD's Animal ER in Fall 2016
Sue Chen, DVM, DABAP (Avian)
Dr. Sue Chen is a native Houstonian and is board certified in Avian Practice. She is a graduate of Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, where she created a specialized veterinary curriculum track focusing on exotic animals. She also spent time training at the National Zoo in Washington, DC, as well as Canada and Australia, where she participated in a wildlife sanctuary and a zoo. After veterinary school, Dr. Chen completed an internship at Gulf Coast Avian & Exotics, followed by a residency in Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine and Surgery at The Animal Medical Center in New York. Her current special areas of interest and research include development and testing of new heavy metal assays for birds and dental diseases in rabbits. Dr. Chen was featured in Nat Geo WILD's Animal ER in Fall 2016