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. 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. Dr. Ruoff completed an internship with us in exotic animal medicine in surgery and is now in our residency program, as she plans to specialize in reptile and amphibian medicine.
Dr. Johnson is a native Arizonan and has had a passion and interest in animals, notably reptiles for as long as she can remember. She worked as certified veterinary technician for 13 years prior to pursuing veterinary school. She completed her undergraduate work with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science Degree at the University of Arizona and went on to earn her doctorate at Colorado State University. While in vet school, she continued her focus on exotic animal medicine as the President of CSU Zoological Medicine Society.
Dr. Erica Giles grew up in Ohio where she developed a love for animals, especially the scaled, feathered and otherwise non-traditional ones. She graduated from Ohio State University in 2012, and afterward moved to Connecticut where she trained with an avian specialist and gained experience with small animal and exotic pet medicine and surgery. From Connecticut she spent time in Ohio and Pennsylvania, in practices where she expanded her medical and surgical knowledge in a more dog/cat focused environment. She realized through those experiences that exotic pets are where her passion lies.
Dr. Nick Saint-Erne is a dedicated veterinarian who is passionate about pets, exotic animals, and aquatic veterinary medicine. He has over 35 years of experience in in veterinary hospitals treating dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents, ferrets, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, other exotic pets and zoo animals. He was one of the first veterinarians certified as an Aquatic Veterinarian by the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association, and in 2017 was designated as a Distinguished Fellow of WAVMA.
Dr. Pilny is a native New Yorker but joined Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital by way of Los Angeles, California. Dr. Pilny is a graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed an internal medicine and surgery internship at Florida Veterinary Specialists in Tampa, Florida and a residency in Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine and Surgery at The Animal Medical Center in New York City.
Dr. Wyckoff is an Arizona native who spent her childhood out in the desert looking for wildlife. She went to Arizona State University for her Bachelor’s in Biology and was accepted into the 2018 inaugural class of Midwestern University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. In veterinary school Dr. Wyckoff was one of the founding members of the wildlife and exotics club and was heavily involved as the wildlife chair and activities coordinator. After veterinary school she left Arizona and spent one year in South Florida for an exotic animal internship.
Dr. Deng grew up in San Jose, CA. Believing strongly in the importance of biodiversity and wildlife conservation, she volunteered her time at wildlife rehabilitation centers through high school and undergrad. She went to UC Davis for a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She also attended veterinary school at UC Davis and was able to spend time during her clinical year at conservation organizations and exotic companion animal hospitals. Dr. Deng most recently completed her small animal rotating internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey.
Dr. Caitlin Cunningham grew up in Florida where she was always outside catching frogs and snakes. In high school, she got her first reptile, a bearded dragon named Spaz, who sparked her love for exotic pets. You can even find a picture of Spaz on her stethoscope!