are proud and long standing members of:
Dr. Leticia Materi
Dr. Kelsey Chapman
Dr. Kelsey Chapman joined our exotics team in the spring of 2017 as a graduate of the University of Calgary Veterinary Medicine. Having previously completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of British Columbia with a major in Earth and Ocean Science, Kelsey moved to Calgary for her veterinary schooling. During that time, Kelsey completed a research project on wildlife anesthesia and presented her findings at the conference for the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians in Dallas, Texas in 2017. Kelsey is currently the Canadian liaison for the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV). Kelsey has always had a love for exotics and has shared her home with a variety of amphibians, fish, reptiles, hamsters, budgies, and mice. She wanted her veterinary career to include exotic species care and after her rotation with us in her final school year, knew Calgary Avian and Exotic was the perfect fit. She has further solidified her dedication to exotic pet medicine by becoming a partner in the clinic. Kelsey loves all exotics, but has a special interest in reptiles, amphibians, and aquaculture! She shares her home with a Russian Tortoise, Littlefoot, a bearded dragon, Timmy, a Lechianus gecko, Merky, and her tabby cat, Flynn. Away from the clinic, Kelsey enjoys boxing and playing guitar.
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
Shayna, a 2022 graduate of North Western polytechnic, is an outstanding technician with a passion for all things exotic. When she is at home relaxing and watching her favorite TV show, The Office, she loves to surround herself with her pets, Pork and Beans (the axolotls), her dog, Chano, and her green-cheeked conure, Puff.
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.