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 Mondays and Tuesdays for appointments. Outside of veterinary practice, Dr. Reed enjoys hiking, fishing and gardening, among other pursuits. Photo shows Dr Reed and his Tiger salamander, "Groovy"
Originally from Syracuse, NY, Ray also joined our staff July 1st. Ray graduated from Medaille College with an AS in Veterinary Technology and BS in Biology in 2004 and graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University with a MS in Anatomy in 2007. Ray's exotic animal experience began while working as a veterinary technician at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse for 2 1/2 years. His passions include exotic/wildlife animal nursing and care, reading horror/science fiction, writing, fishing, and hiking. Ray's goal is to become credentialed as a specialized technician in avian and exotic medicine. Photo shows Ray and his Hyacinth macaw friend, "Lido"
Nancy M., 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, Veterinary Technician
Jenna recently completed her Associate in Applied Science of Veterinary Technology at Medaille College. During her time at Medaille she began developing a special interest in exotic pets. Jenna started focusing her attention further on exotics through internships during her final semester, subsequently graduating in spring 2013 and eagerly setting out to begin her career.
She joined the SCAEP team in May 2013.
Currently, Jenna has started working towards her credentialing as a Veterinary Technician Specialist of Exotic Companion Animals. She has one dog and several pet rats, many of them adopted from Medaille’s own LVT program and given a wonderfully spoiled life in their retirement.
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 fifty plus 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!
""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.