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Dozier, a green iguana, is given anesthesia and prepared for surgery by veterinary technicians Katie White, left, and Peggy Nardone at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics. (March 12, 2013)(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

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Dr. Laurie Hess, exotic vet

Dr. Laurie Hess started the Veterinary Center of Birds & Exotics with the goal of educating the public on exotic pets, she said, and advocating their need for "regular preventative medical care just like cats and dogs." Her office, which performs checkups, surgeries and also boards animals, is the only all-bird-and-exotic-animal hospital in Westchester County and surrounding areas. It is also one of the few American Animal Hospital Association-accredited bird and exotics specialty referral hospitals in the country. (March 12, 2013)


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