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Dozier, a green iguana, is given anesthesia and

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) Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

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)

Dozier, a green iguana, is given anesthesia and
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

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)

Veterinary technician Katie White interacts with Stop, an
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Veterinary technician Katie White interacts with Stop, an eclectus parrot, at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills. (March 12, 2013)

Joe Schleicher, 4, of Poughquag, sits with his
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Joe Schleicher, 4, of Poughquag, sits with his mother, Jessica, as they wait with their rabbit, Thunderbolt, for an appointment at Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills. (March 12, 2013)

Dr. Laurie Hess is photographed at the Veterinary
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Dr. Laurie Hess is photographed at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills. (March 12, 2013)

Veterinary technician Peggy Nardone prepares fluids before surgery
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Veterinary technician Peggy Nardone prepares fluids before surgery for Dozier, a green iguana, at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills. (March 12, 2013)

Rocky, a domestic ferret, is petted by Dr.
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Rocky, a domestic ferret, is petted by Dr. Michelle Ravich while vet-tech Peggy Nardone, right, holds him at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills. (March 12, 2013)

Rocky, a domestic ferret, bites down as he
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Rocky, a domestic ferret, bites down as he is inspected by Dr. Michelle Ravich while vet-tech Katie White holds him at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills. (March 12, 2013)

Dozier, a green iguana scheduled for surgery, sits
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Dozier, a green iguana scheduled for surgery, sits in his cage before surgery on his dewlap at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills. (March 12, 2013)

Veterinary technician Peggy Nardone holds Roger, a Flemish
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Veterinary technician Peggy Nardone holds Roger, a Flemish giant rabbit from Woodstock, as Dr. Laurie Hess inspects him at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics. (March 12, 2013)

Veterinary technician Peggy Nardone holds Roger, a Flemish
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Veterinary technician Peggy Nardone holds Roger, a Flemish giant rabbit from Woodstock, at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills. (March 12, 2013)

Roger, a Flemish giant rabbit from Woodstock, is
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Roger, a Flemish giant rabbit from Woodstock, is held under an exam light as Dr. Laurie Hess inspects him at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics. (March 12, 2013)

Veterinary technician Peggy Nardone holds Roger, a Flemish
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Veterinary technician Peggy Nardone holds Roger, a Flemish giant rabbit from Woodstock, as Dr. Laurie Hess treats him at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics. (March 12, 2013)

Licensed veterinary technician Peggy Nardone weighs a fidgety
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Licensed veterinary technician Peggy Nardone weighs a fidgety rabbit brought by animal caregiver Vanessa Bonnin of Woodstock at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills. (March 12, 2013)

Owner Rich Santangelo, of Yonkers, keeps Bart, a
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Owner Rich Santangelo, of Yonkers, keeps Bart, a cockatiel, in a small carrier bearing his name as seen at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills. (March 12, 2013)

Veterinary technician Katie White holds Bart, a cockatiel,
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Veterinary technician Katie White holds Bart, a cockatiel, as Dr. Michelle Ravich diagnoses him at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills. (March 12, 2013)

Owner Rich Santangelo, of Yonkers, interacts with Bart,
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Owner Rich Santangelo, of Yonkers, interacts with Bart, a cockatiel, after his first appointment at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills. (March 12, 2013)

An x-ray of Dozier, a green iguana scheduled
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An x-ray of Dozier, a green iguana scheduled for surgery, hangs in the treatment room at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills. (March 12, 2013)

Dozier, a green iguana scheduled for surgery, sits
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Dozier, a green iguana scheduled for surgery, sits in his cage before surgery on his dewlap at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills. (March 12, 2013)

Dr. Laurie Hess scrubs up before surgery for
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Dr. Laurie Hess scrubs up before surgery for Dozier, a green iguana, at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills. (March 12, 2013)

Dozier, a green iguana, is given anesthesia before
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Dozier, a green iguana, is given anesthesia before surgery at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills. (March 12, 2013)

Dozier, a green iguana, is given anesthesia before
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Dozier, a green iguana, is given anesthesia before surgery at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills. (March 12, 2013)

Dozier, a green iguana, is prepared for surgery
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Dozier, a green iguana, is prepared for surgery at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills. (March 12, 2013)

Dr. Michelle Ravich, left, and Dr. Laurie Hess
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Dr. Michelle Ravich, left, and Dr. Laurie Hess perform surgery on Dozier, a green iguana, at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills. (March 12, 2013)

Dr. Michelle Ravich, left, and Dr. Laurie Hess
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Dr. Michelle Ravich, left, and Dr. Laurie Hess perform surgery on Dozier, a green iguana, at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills. (March 12, 2013)

Dr. Michelle Ravich removes part of the infected
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Dr. Michelle Ravich removes part of the infected dewlap on Dozier, a green iguana, at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills. (March 12, 2013)

Dr. Laurie Hess, right, and Dr. Michelle Ravich,
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Dr. Laurie Hess, right, and Dr. Michelle Ravich, far left, perform surgery for Dozier, a green iguana, at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills. (March 12, 2013)

Dr. Michelle Ravich removes part of the infected
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Dr. Michelle Ravich removes part of the infected dewlap on Dozier, a green iguana, at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills. (March 12, 2013)

Dr. Michelle Ravich removes part of the infected
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Dr. Michelle Ravich removes part of the infected dewlap on Dozier, a green iguana, at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills. (March 12, 2013)

Dr. Michelle Ravich removes part of the infected
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Dr. Michelle Ravich removes part of the infected dewlap on Dozier, a green iguana, as Dr. Laurie Hess assists at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills. (March 12, 2013)

Dr. Michelle Ravich removes part of the infected
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Dr. Michelle Ravich removes part of the infected dewlap on Dozier, a green iguana, as Dr. Laurie Hess assists at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills. (March 12, 2013)

Dr. Michelle Ravich stitches up Dozier, a green
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Dr. Michelle Ravich stitches up Dozier, a green iguana, after removing part of his infected dewlap at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills. (March 12, 2013)

Dr. Michelle Ravich stitches up Dozier, a green
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Dr. Michelle Ravich stitches up Dozier, a green iguana, after removing part of his infected dewlap at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills. (March 12, 2013)

Veterinary technician Katie White interacts with Stop, an
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Veterinary technician Katie White interacts with Stop, an eclectus parrot, at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills. (March 12, 2013)

Animal figures adorn a fence outside the Veterinary
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Animal figures adorn a fence outside the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills. (March 12, 2013)

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