5 Questions with Angela Lennox, DVM

The “5 Questions with…” series is meant to promote upcoming sessions at AAHA’s Nashville conference that are sure to be popular and relevant topics. Learn a little more about the sessions that will be available for you and your team members to attend. AAHA Nashville 2017 takes place from March 30 – April 2. You can register on our website.

Angela Lennox, DVM, is Indiana’s only board certified exotic specialist and holds three specialty degrees: one in avian medicine and two in exotic companion medicine. She is an adjunct professor at Purdue University and practices at Avian Exotic Animal Clinic of Indianapolis. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Association of Avian Veterinarians.

Her sessions are available almost all day Saturday, April 1, featuring “Sedation & Anesthetic Protocols for High-Risk Exotic Mammals” and “Elective Altering for Exotic Companion Mammals: Techniques and Novel Approaches” in the morning. In the afternoon, she will be presenting “Approaches for Reproductive Disease in Pet Birds: Prevention & Treatment” and “ABVP Certification: Is It for You?"

Could you give me a brief background on your expertise on this topic?

I have practiced exclusively exotic animal medicine for over 20 years; our practice has been dedicated solely to exotic an unusual pets since 1992.

What is a key takeaway you hope people will get from your educational sessions?

I think an important thing to know is when to accept the exotic pet as a patient and when to refer. The quality of medicine has improved dramatically, and with the introduction of board certified specialists, the standards of care are much higher than in the past.  

What are you looking forward to about the educational experience at the conference?

I don't know of many AAHA certified exotics practices, so don't know a lot about the "culture" of AAHA. I love going to new conferences and meeting new faces; I expect this conference will be another wonderful experience.

What is the future of exotics treatment and where would you like to see it go?

Right now there is a lot of focus on discovering the many causes and triggers of reproductive disease in birds. There is a lot we don't know, and a systemic approach helps improve our ability to help these birds. We are also learning that not everyone should have parrots as pets, which can be disappointing.  

Other exciting topics are the expanding list of analgesics and anesthetics that are beneficial to exotics, in particular exotic mammals.

What’s a question you wish more people asked about your topic?

I wish more people would ask about specializing in exotic companion animals. We need more dedicated practitioners, internships, residencies and specialists.