Zoological Medicine Services - Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in College Station, Texas Zoological Medicine Services - Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

Zoological Medicine Services

For small animal appointments call (979) 845-2351 Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Emergencies accepted 24 hours a day
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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

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.

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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 University. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and the American Board of Zoological Medicine. Dr. Heatley completed her internship in bird zoo and exotic animal medicine followed by a residency in zoological medicine at Louisiana State University. She also received her master of science in Veterinary Clinical Sciences while at LSU. 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.
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Sharman M. Hoppes

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

Clinical Associate Professor

Dr. Sharman Hoppes obtained her DVM from Oklahoma State University. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. She completed her residency in avian medicine and surgery at North Carolina State University. Her 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.

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Cameron Ratliff

Cameron Ratliff, DVM

Veterinary Intern

Dr. Ratliff is a native Texan from McKinney, Texas. He received his veterinary degree from the Texas A&M University, and went on to complete an exotic animal internship at Iowa State University, before returning to Texas A&M. Dr. Ratliff is currently working towards a residency program and board certification in exotic animal medicine.