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Dr. Laura Wade is a board-certified bird specialist by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) and completed a residency in avian and exotic pets. She provides comprehensive primary healthcare and progressive referral medical, surgical and behavioral services for your companion bird, small mammal or reptile.
Dr. Wade lives in a suburb of Buffalo, New York with her two Meyer's parrots, "Kelly" and "Pepper" (in photo) and Cape parrot "Zuri."
A Buffalo native, Dr. Reed graduated from Cornell University in 2011 and joined our staff July 1st. During his veterinary training, Dr. Reed gained extensive experience working with exotic pets and wildlife. Dr. Reed has a special interest in fish and amphibian medicine and hopes to expand this service at SCAEP.
Presently, Dr. Reed is available every other Thursday for afternoon appointments. Outside of veterinary practice, Dr. Reed enjoys hiking, fishing and gardening, among other pursuits. Photo shows Dr. Reed and his Tiger salamander, "Groovy."
Dr. Richie Burdeaux, DVM
After graduating high school, Dr. Burdeaux attended the University of Tennessee where he earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Animal Science with a minor in Ecology and additional coursework in Psychology. He then went on to earn his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee in 2012. After graduating, he completed a year internship at Young-Williams Animal Center, a large, private animal shelter in Knoxville, TN.
Nancy M. - Licensed Veterinary Technician, HEAD LVT
Nancy received her Associate in Applied Science from Medaille in Veterinary Technology in 1996. While working toward her degree, and after obtaining her license as a Licensed Veterinary Technician,
Prior to becoming an LVT,
In 2003 she began working as a LVT at
An avid fan of continuing education,
Jenna Hosken - Licensed Veterinary Technician
Jenna completed her Associate in Applied Science of Veterinary Technology at Medaille College in 2013. During her time at Medaille she began developing a special interest in the care of exotic pets. Jenna focused her attention further on exotics through internships during her final semester, subsequently graduating and eagerly setting out to begin her career.
She joined the SCAEP team in May 2013 after completing her final internship with us earlier that year.
Currently, Jenna has started working towards her credentialing as a Veterinary Technician Specialist of Exotic Companion Animals. She has one dog, a rabbit, and several pet rats, many of them adopted from Medaille’s own LVT program to enjoy a wonderfully spoiled life in their retirement.
Tony Martyn - Licensed Veterinary Technician
Tony joined the SCAEP team in March 2016.
He received his Associate in Applied Science of Veterinary Technology at Genesee Community College in May of 2015.
He had previously interned with us during the summer of 2014.
Tony grew up in a house with many exotic pets, from rats to hermit crabs. Ever since, he has wanted to work with exotic pets, especially ferrets!
Cindy Basinski - Office Manager
Cindy joined our practice in April 2014 after many years of being one of our top clients.
Having worked in the telecommunications field for 33 years, Cindy decided it was time for a change to a career working with her passion - people and their pets! Raised on a farm, her earliest memories include cows, pigs and her favorite - chickens! Always wanting to bring something into the house, mom would say, "No. When you have your own house, you can have as many pets as you want!"
Cindy and her husband David now share their home with over fifty pets - including parrots, canaries, tortoises, lizards, rabbits, dogs, cats and a chinchilla. There is no spare time for hobbies... her pets are her passion and other people's pets are her career!
Noël Zeis - Veterinary Assistant
Noël joined the SCAEP team in February 2016 as a veterinary assistant and receptionist. She is a nationally certified phlebotomist with a huge love for animals.
Growing up, Noël raised lovebirds and had horses, and even worked at a veterinary clinic during her high school years. Noël's passion for pets encouraged her to switch the focus of her career path from human to veterinary medicine. She loves working in the veterinary field and considers this her dream job!
""Diplomate" status is granted by the ABVP under the approval of the American Board of Veterinary Specialties, an official committee of the AVMA. It is intended as a professional and public recognition of advanced knowledge, skills and competency"
"To become certified, veterinarians must be graduates of an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) - accredited veterinary college. (Dr Wade is graduated from Cornell University). They must either complete a 2 year residency or 6 years of clinical practice with the species of interest. (Dr Wade has both). They must substantiate a significant case load, document at least 90 hours of continuing education, obtain 3 letters of recommendation, write 2 case reports and pass a difficult two-day written and practical examination. Residents must also have a manuscript accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal." Re-certification is required every 10 years. Diplomates must re-certify by either re-taking the exam or showing proof of giving back to the community with continuing education by way of lecturing, publishing of medical papers and documentation of educational cases.
ABVP Diplomates have proven knowledge and expertise above and beyond what is required to practice veterinary medicine. Beyond that, they have earned the privilege to specialize in the treatment of one or more categories of animals.