Staff

 

 

Office Manager

Mark Hamilton

​Mark spent most of his free time as a child chasing reptiles around northern Arizona and southern California. He joined the U.S. Army after high school which gave him the opportunity to chase reptiles around the southeastern United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Mark has cared for and raised many species of reptiles over the years. Although reptiles are his primary interest, he has a strong passion for all exotic pets. He currently spends most of his free time fishing at Arizona’s desert lakes or photographing rattlesnakes.  

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Supervisor

Rebecca Moffat, CVT

Rebecca has loved all animals for as long as she can remember, and has been working in the veterinary field since 1998. Rebecca followed her passion for working with exotic pets in 2001 and has been working primarily with them ever since. Rebecca earned her Veterinary Technician Certification in 2010. In her spare time she is a volunteer with the Phoenix Herpetological Society and Liberty Wildlife. She also rehabilitates bats for many wildlife groups. She has many exotic pets that she has adopted or rescued over the years, with the most unusual of her kids being a Brush-Tailed Bettong and two Patagonian Cavies.

 

Assistant Office Manager

Risshan Pryer

Risshan initially started at Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital in 2012 as a volunteer.  Her love of learning about and caring for exotic pets was clear, and she was hired to be part of the hospital team. She has a diploma in Veterinary Assisting. Risshan’s favorite aspect of her job is giving each patient and client the care and compassion they deserve. She also enjoys spending time at home with her two children, dog, cat, hamster, and woma python.

 

 

Certified Veterinary Technicians

Kendra McGarty, BS, CVT

Kendra graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s degree in biology and later became a Certified Veterinary Technician. She worked for a veterinary dermatology specialty practice, where she had the opportunity to work with several animals at the Phoenix Zoo. She has also rehabilitated sick and injured raptors and other birds while volunteering at Liberty Wildlife. Her interest in exotic pets and wildlife/zoo animals led her to a career in exotic pet medicine. Kendra’s family includes her daughter Jenna, Cho-Cho the pitbull, Tabasco the cat, Frankie the ferret, and a cockatiel named Trixie.

 

Sarah Moyer, CVT

A California native, Sarah and her family moved to Arizona in 2008. Sarah attended Pima Medical Institute in 2010, graduated with an A.S. in Veterinary Technology and earned her CVT license shortly after. Sarah first joined the AZEAH family in 2012, took some time off to teach for Pima Medical Institute in the Veterinary Technology program, and rejoined the AZEAH family in 2017. Sarah has experience in general practice, emergency, and ICU medicine, but finds that her passion lays in exotic animal care. Sarah shares her home with her three dogs “Luna”, “Remus”, and “Ferguson”, a Chameleon named “Pascal”, a Bearded Dragon named “Norbert”, her three budgies “Willow”, “Oz”, and “Buffy”, and her favorite Leopard Geckos: “Mortisha”, “Montezuma”, “Maleficent”, and “Morgana”.

 

 

 

 

Mackenzie Farmer, CVT

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Veterinary Technicians

Justin Duering

Justin was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, and developed a passion for working with animals at a young age.  He entered the veterinary profession in 2002, and spent 11 years working at an exotic animal specialty hospital in Oregon.  When Justin moved to Arizona, we were happy to have him join our team.  He feels Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital is the perfect place to put his passion for helping pets and their owners to good use.  Justin thoroughly enjoys the unique challenges presented by working with such a wide variety of animals.  When he is not working with exotic pets, he enjoys being a dad, camping, hiking, and riding his Harley. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kynadi Edwards

Kynadi has wanted to become a veterinary technician ever since she learned she could make a career out of helping animals.  She was able to make that dream come true in 2015 after graduating from Pima Medical Institute completeing their veterinary technician program. She has worked as a veterinary technician for 2 years with 1 year of exotic animal experience. Her goal is to one day specialize in anesthesia but as for now she is enjoying soaking up all the exotic animal knowledge she can while at Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital.
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicole Banas

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Tegan Wolf

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Veterinary Assistants

Somer Gaytan Shope

For as long as she can remember, Somer has loved and cared for many different kinds of animals. Somer graduated from the East Valley Institute of Technology in 2015, and was hired by Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital as a Technician Assistant after completing an externship with the hospital. She plans on pursuing a career as a Veterinary Technician, and will be attending Maricopa Community College starting January 2016.  In her free time, Somer has volunteered with Furever Friends Rescue. 

 

 

 

Emily Ferguson

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Hospital Support Staff

Ron Hay

Ron works tirelessly not only here at Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital doing PR and maintaining hospital inventory. He also works part time at The Handlebar in Apache Junction bringing joy to it's patrons. He has 2 kids, Bill and Fred. A beautiful wife, Margaret. And a cat named Waldo. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa Morreale

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