Avian and Exotic Medicine Club

Speaker Bios

2015 Symposium

Brian Speer, DVM

Symposium Topic: Advancements in understanding problems with beak form and function in birds

Brian received his DVM degree from the University of California at Davis in 1983, has been a diplomate of ECZM since 1999, and ABVP since 1996. He is past-president of the AAV (1999-2000), the recipent of the Lafeber Award, 2003, Speaker of the Year award at the North American Veterinary Conference, 2006, and AAV President’s award, 2007. Brian is in private practice, focusing exclusively on avian species, in Northern California. He currently serves as a consultant for the Veterinary Information Network, ECZM Scientific Committee chair, Associate editor for the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery, Exotics coordinator for the North American Veterinary Conference, Exotics coordinator for the California VMA / PacVet conference, and is director of the Medical Center for Birds.

Liz Stelow, DVM

Symposium Topic: When Feather Loss is Not a Medical Problem: The Latest Behavioral Thoughts and Treatments for Feather Destructive Behavior

Dr. Liz Stelow was born and raised in California. After earning a Bachelor's degree in English from Georgetown University, she began a career in public and community relations. She served as the public relations director for a large animal shelter in the Los Angeles area. During her tenure, she decided to pursue veterinary training and received her DVM from UC Davis in 2006. Following a three-year behavior residency at UC Davis, she recently became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. Her interest in behavior spans most companion mammal and bird species, and includes anxiety, aggression, and the human-animal bond.

James Carpenter, DVM

James W. Carpenter, MS, DVM, Dipl. ACZM, has been a clinical and research veterinarian for 39 years in the field of exotic animal, wildlife (including endangered species), and zoo animal medicine (oversees or has co-overseen the veterinary care at three Kansas zoos). He has assisted in developing an internationally-recognized program in Zoological Medicine at KSU and has trained 36 Interns and Residents in Exotic Animal/Zoological Medicine. He is the author of over 385 publications (160 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 26 book chapters, and over 200 proceedings and non-peer reviewed papers) on the medical aspects and captive management of exotic animals, wildlife, and zoo animals, and is the editor of the Exotic Animal Formulary (1996, 2001, 2005, 2013) and co-editor of Ferrets, Rabbits and Rodents: Clinical Medicine and Surgery (2004, 2012). Dr. Carpenter has been the Editor of the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine (1987-1992); President of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (1998-1999); President (2006-2007) of the Association of Avian Veterinarians; President (2008-2009) of the American College of Zoological Medicine; and was named Exotic DVM of the Year for 2000. Dr. Carpenter received the Emil Dolensek Award, American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, in 2004. In 2002, Dr.Carpenter was awarded the Edwin J. Frick Professorship in Veterinary Medicine from the KSU College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2009, he was named an Alumni of the Year by the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and received the TJ Lafeber Avian Practitioner of the Year Award in 2012. Dr. Carpenter is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery (1994-present) and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine.

Sharon Deem, DVM, PhD, DACZM


Olivia Petritz, DVM


Paul Gibbons, DVM

Dr. Gibbons is the managing director and veterinarian of the Turtle Conservancy's Behler Chelonian Center in Ojai, California, where he participates in international turtle conservation programs and cares for an assurance colony of over 900 turtles in 32 threatened species. He earned his DVM from the University of Illinois in 1994 and pursued advanced training at UC Davis including a residency in avian, herpetological, and non-domestic mammal medicine and a post-doctoral master’s degree in wildlife disease ecology and clinical pathology. He chaired the Organizing Committee for specialty certification in Reptile and Amphibian Practice, is a Past-president of the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians, and was the 2009 recipient of the Exotic DVM of the Year award.

Kirk Klasing, PhD


Stephen White, DVM, DACVD

Symposium Topic: Rabbits and Rodents -Ectoparasites and Beyond

Dr. White is a 1979 graduate of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California – Davis. He has been a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology since 1983, and is the author or co-author of more than 90 articles in refereed scientific journals. Dr. White's interests include cutaneous manifestations of systemic disease, non-steroidal therapy of auto-immune disease, food allergy, congenital skin disease and exotic animal and equine dermatology.

Lauren Powers, DVM

Symposium Topic:  Updates in avian antimicrobial therapy; Avian reproductive tract disorders

Dr. Lauren Powers is service chief of the Avian and Exotic Pet Service at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in the greater Charlotte, North Carolina area. Dr. Powers graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed a residency in avian medicine and surgery at North Carolina State University (NCSU-CVM). She is board-certified in both avian medicine (ABVP-Avian Practice) and exotic companion mammal medicine (ABVP-Exotic Companion Mammal Practice).  She serves as adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at NCSU-CVM and also serves as cochairperson of the AAV Education Committee with Dr. Michelle Hawkins.

Joanne Paul-Murphy, DVM, PhD, DACZM

Dr. Paul-Murphy received her veterinary degree from Cornell University in 1982, she completed a residency in Zoological Medicine at University of California, Davis and became board certified in zoological medicine. She was Chief of Service at UC Davis from 1985-1987, then became Director of Veterinary Services at the California Primate Research Center until 1991.  She was responsible for starting the first Zoological Medicine Service at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and was the Chief of Service at UW from 1992-2008. She returned to UC Davis in 2008 as a Professor in the Companion Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine Program. Dr. Paul-Murphy has experience in medicine and surgery with zoological collections and companion exotic animals, wildlife rehabilitation and conservation medicine. She has a special interest in imaging techniques and analgesia of birds, reptiles, fish and exotic small mammals.


Michelle Hawkins, VMD, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Dr. Hawkins received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. She completed a residency and a fellowship in the Companion Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine Program at the University of California, Davis in 2001 and obtained ABVP (Avian Practice) board certification in 2002. After two years in private practice, she joined the faculty of the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 and is currently Associate Professor of the Companion Zoological Medicine Service. Dr. Hawkins has experience in companion avian and exotic animal medicine as well as in wildlife rehabilitation and conservation medicine. Dr Hawkin’s special interests are in anesthesia, analgesia and critical patient care, especially in wild birds of prey.

David Guzman, LV, MS, DECZM (Avian), DACZM

Dr. Guzman received his veterinary degree from the University of Leon, Spain, in 2002. He practiced exotic and small animal medicine in Spain and UK until 2004.  Dr. Guzman completed an Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship at Tufts University in 2005, a Zoological Medicine Residency combined with a Masters in Veterinary Medical Sciences at Louisiana State University in 2008.  He served as a Clinical Instructor in Zoological Medicine at the University of Wisconsin until 2010, when he joined the Companion Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine Program at the UC Davis. Dr. Guzman has a special research interest in avian therapeutics and infectious diseases, and a strong clinical interest in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, and oncology in exotic animals.