Calgary Avian & Exotic Pet Clinic
Our Veterinarians are proud and long standing members of:
- Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV)
- Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV)
- Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV)
- Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
- Alberta Veterinary Medical Association
Dr. Leticia Materi, a native Calgarian, joined the team at Calgary Avian & Exotic Pet Clinic when she graduated 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 (Hons) and her Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology/Neuroscience awarded to her at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS. Leticia's knowledge and love of exotic pets is evident each time she speaks at one of the numerous invitations she gets from the University of Calgary Pre-Veterinary Students' Association, Calgary Parrot Club, the Alberta Reptile and Amphibian Society, and the Southern Alberta Rabbit Breeders Association and through the bird and rabbit First Aid courses that she teaches. Dr. Materi's exotic pet blog can be followed on the Small Animal Channel website. Her much loved family of pets includes the typical motley crew of rescues - Beanie the Hahn's Macaw, Charlie the cockatiel and Oy, the rabbit.
Avian and exotic pet medicine is a constantly growing science. Our Veterinarians stay in touch with colleagues and specialists around the world by participating in Exotic D.V.M, VIN (Veterinary Information Network), and other specialty Internet discussion groups.
Dr. Kerry Korber grew up in Saskatoon and graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1985, after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in English and completing two years of an Agriculture Degree in Animal Science. Since purchasing Calgary Avian & Exotic Pet Clinic in 1987, Kerry has dedicated her professional career to the care of exotic pet species. She has acted as the Canadian liaison for the AAV for over 20 years. Her background includes contract work for the Calgary Zoo, Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery, and Raven Brood Trout Station. She has shared her passion and her knowledge of exotic pet species with her peers, veterinary students, Olds College Veterinary technical students, pet stores and the public through various continuing education classes, externship programs, class room lectures, her involvement in PIJAC pet symposiums and pet clubs. She is involved with the University of Calgary Veterinary Medicine program both an instructor and as a member of the Distributed Veterinary Learning Community. Kerry has a special interest in bird behaviour. Over the years her pets have included a number of birds (with a leaning to zebra finches and Orange-winged amazons), lizards and cats, but it is a Lowchen named Paddy that is the apple of her eye!
Dr. Julie DeCubellis, joined the practice in October of 2014, making the move from Boston with her husband, a pathologist at the Alberta Children's Hospital, her twins, Eli and Genevieve, and their menagerie of dogs, cats, chickens, and her Galah Cockatoo. After completing a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and a Master's Degree in Animal Nutrition at North Carolina State University, Julie graduated in 2007 from St. George's University of Veterinary Medicine. She completed internships in small animal medicine & surgery and in avian and exotic medicine at Tufts University then entered a three year dual residency program in avian medicine and exotic companion mammal medicine in Boston. In 2012,she took on the role of clinical instructor at Tufts University where she combined practice on exotic pets with teaching. Julie has published numerous articles and book chapters on exotic pet care and comes to us with a strong background in rabbit and rodent dentistry, making her the perfect fit for our team!