are proud and long standing members of:
Dr. Leticia Materi
Dr. Leticia Materi, a native Calgarian, joined the team at Calgary Avian & Exotic Pet Clinic two weeks after graduating from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. A year later, Leticia became a full partner in the clinic. Her academic accomplishments include her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Honours (University of Calgary) and her Doctor of Philosophy in Anatomy and Neurobiology (Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS). Leticia truly loves exotic pets and enjoys sharing her knowledge. She has been invited to speak on exotic pet medicine and care at various local animal clubs, veterinary clinics in British Columbia and Alberta, the University of Calgary (pre-veterinary student association), and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts. She has volunteered many hours developing and teaching bird and rabbit First Aid courses to raise funds for local animal rescues. She was the Canadian liaison for the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV) for many years. Her much loved family of pets includes her pug, Penny Lane, and the typical motley crew of rescues – Beanie the Hahn’s Macaw and her precocious rabbit Zelda.
Dr. Eryn Hanak
Dr. Eryn Hanak was part of the first graduating class of the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. She has had a lifelong love of exotic pets starting with budgies, Betta fish, and hedgehogs. In 2019, her passion for exotic pet medicine led her to complete an internship in Zoo, Exotic, and Wildlife Medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, SK. At that time, she worked exclusively with avian, reptile, amphibian, and exotic mammal patients. Eryn is currently Secretary of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV), an organization dedicated to advancing the care and treatment of exotic companion mammals. She spends her free time with her husband and daughter hiking and skiing in the Alberta mountains and taking care of her furry family members, Vimes and Locke, her border collies.
Dr. Kaleigh Eichel
Dr. Kaleigh Eichel graduated from the University of Calgary, then completed an internship in exotic animal medicine and surgery at the Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine in Bothell, Washington before joining our team in 2023. Dr. Eichel has owned several species of birds for many years, and also has Joey, a mixed breed dog, and two cats, Megabyte and Dyno. She enjoys getting outside to hike, paddle boarding, skiing, skating, or playing with her animals. Dr. Eichel also plays the flute, likes to to crochet, and reads on the days she stays indoors.
Our Support Staff
Kristine joined our team in 2024 and has a passion for all exotic pets! Stay tuned for more information about our amazing tech!
Miyeko joined our team in 2023 and has been a welcome addition to our clinic. Stay tuned for more information!
Emily graduated from Saskatoon Polytechnic as a veterinary technician and joined our team in 2023. At home, Emily cares for a leopard gecko named Boo, and in her free time enjoys soccer, hiking, camping, and paddle boarding.
Kyla has been a valuable member of our team for many years. She is an outstanding veterinary technician assistant and she loves all exotic pets, big and small. Kyla has experience with a wide range of animals, as she previously worked at the Calgary Zoo as well at Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society. In her spare time, she can be found with her dog, Georgia, hiking in the Alberta wilderness. She also has a vibrant canary, Mr. Mango Meep.
Nikki, our head receptionist, received her Animal Sciences Diploma from Montreal’s International Correspondence School in 1995 and she has been an integral part of the Calgary Avian & Exotic Pet Clinic team since 2001. At home, her pet family includes ‘the girls’, two Rhodesian Ridgebacks named Nova and Juno, and Storm, the African Grey Parrot. Away from the clinic, Nikki and her husband Dylan revel in ‘horse snuggles’ with their ‘boys’, horses Hunter and Titan.