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Zoological

For large animal appointments call (979) 845-3541 Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Emergencies accepted 24 hours a day
Zoological

Our Service

Our mission as the Zoo Medicine Service is multi-tiered. We strive to provide the best and most comprehensive patient care for many species, both for general care and when referred by their regular veterinarian. We aim to work together with our fellow veterinarians, providing consultation on particular cases and partnering to provide treatment when needed. We are dedicated to providing the highest-quality education for our veterinary students, fellow veterinarians and veterinary technicians, exotic animal pet owners, and the community as a whole.

Our staff sees the following species:

  • Birds
  • Reptiles
  • Ferrets
  • Rabbits
  • Rodents
  • Exotic cats
  • Bears
  • New World primates
  • Fish
  • Wildlife

Please note that the following species are not seen at this time:

  • Old World primates
  • Venomous snakes
  • Raccoons
  • Skunks
  • Bats
  • Foxes
  • Coyotes
  • Any hoofstock, including fawns

Please contact us at (979) 845-2351 to schedule an appointment, consult with our staff, or for any other questions you may have about the care of an exotic animal.

Our Team

The faculty and staff of the Zoo Medicine Service have focused their area of interest especially on exotic and zoological animal medicine. They are passionate, dedicated individuals that strive to provide the best care for exotic patients and quality education for students, fellow veterinary professionals, and pet owners.

J. Jill Heatley

J. Jill Heatley, DVM, MS, DABVP (Avian Practice), DACVM

Associate Professor

Dr. Jill Heatley received her DVM from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995 (Gig 'em Aggies!). She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (avian practice) and the American Board of Zoological Medicine. Dr. Heatley completed her internship in bird zoo and exotic animal medicine in 1999 and her residency in zoological medicine in 2002, both at Louisiana State University (LSU). She also received her master of science in Veterinary Clinical Sciences while at LSU. Dr. Heatley spent 4 years at a clinical assistant professor at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and 3 years in private practice before joining Texas A&M in 2007. Her clinical area of interest is small animal zoological medicine (exotics) and her special interests include fluid therapy, emergent and critical care, electrolytes of nondomestic species, wildlife population health, biomonitoring, oil spill response, and atherosclerosis and avian lipids.

Sharman M. Hoppes

Sharman M. Hoppes, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Clinical Associate Professor

Dr. Sharman Hoppes obtained her DVM from Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (avian practice). Dr. Hoppes completed her residency in avian medicine and surgery at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. She spent 12 years in private practice before joining Texas A&M in 2005. Dr. Hoppes' clinical area of interest is small animal zoological medicine (exotics) and her special interests include avian and exotic analgesia, proventricular dilation disease, and aflatoxins in birds.

Jordan Gentry

Jordan Gentry, DVM

Veterinary Resident Instructor

Dr. Gentry received his B.S. in Zoology and Wildlife Science at Auburn University in 2008, and his D.V.M. at Auburn University in 2011.  He completed an Internship of Zoological Medicine at the University of Georgia in 2012 before beginning his residency at Texas A&M.  His scholarly interests include zoological medicine and wildlife health.

Caitlin Burrell

Caitlin Burrell, DVM

Veterinary Intern Instructor

Dr. Burrell received a B.S. from the University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in 2006, and completed her D.V.M. at Kansas State University in 2012.  After an internship at the Angell Animal Medical Center in 2013, she began an internship at Texas A&M.