Dr. Jay Johnson is the founder and owner of Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital, the Valley’s first animal hospital devoted exclusively to the care of exotic pets. As a boy growing up on the outskirts of Tucson, he was fascinated with exotic pets, especially reptiles. He kept a variety of these unique pets throughout his childhood including snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises, tarantulas, rabbits, a cockatoo, pigmy goats, as well as more traditional pets like dogs and horses.
As a child, her love for animals was obvious and it was at a young age she made up her mind to one day become a veterinarian. It seemed she was always findings animals and bringing them home, from painted turtles or toads to one time a litter of mice. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology at South Dakota State University before attending veterinary school at Iowa State University. After graduation in 2007, having had her share of the sub-zero winters up north, she made her escape to the heat and sunshine of Arizona, where she has been practicing small animal and exotic pet medicine ever since.
Dr. Lamb has always desired to provide good health, happiness and care to all exotic pets. She grew up in Las Vegas, NV. After graduating from UNLV with a B.S. in Biology, she attended veterinary school at the University of Minnesota. After finishing veterinary school she performed a one year internship in avian and exotic medicine followed by a two year residency in avian medicine and surgery. Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Lamb moved to southern California and practiced at an exotics exclusive animal hospital. During this time she gained extensive knowledge and became skilled in treating exotic mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and wildlife. During her career she has also worked with many humane societies, parrot and rabbit rescue groups, wildlife centers and raptor rehabilitation facilities.
Dr. Ivy Thomas originates from Mississippi and moved to Southern California after graduation for her undergraduate studies at San Diego State University. She graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Thomas was a registered veterinary technician at a small animal referral and exotics practice for almost 6 years. In veterinary school, she completed clinical externships at Louisville Zoo, Henry Doorly Zoo in Nebraska, Wildlife Safari in Oregon, and the Phoenix Zoo.
Dr. Ruoff grew up in Colorado surrounded by nature, wildlife, and a small zoo of exotic pets. She earned her bachelor's degree in Biology at Pomona College and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences. Dr. Ruoff worked as an Exotic Pet nurse at an exotic pet exclusive hospital in California before going to vet school. Dr. Ruoff also enjoys tea, crosswords, and hiking. She plans to specialize in reptile and amphibian medicine and is excited for her internship in exotic animal medicine and surgery at Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital!
Dr. Hyde is originally from Huntersville, NC. She started her path to veterinary medicine through work at a local bird of prey rehabilitation center. Dr. Hyde attended North Carolina State University, where she graduated in 2013 with a degree in Animal Sciences with minors in zoology and nutrition. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2017 from North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. She most recently completed a 12 month small animal rotating internship with a focus in exotics at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.