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Dr. Leticia Materi, a native Calgarian, joined the team at Calgary Avian & Exotic Pet Clinic two weeks after graduating 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 with Honours (University of Calgary) and her Doctor of Philosophy in Anatomy and Neurobiology (Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS). Leticia
truly loves exotic pets and enjoys sharing her knowledge. She has been invited to speak on exotic pet medicine and care at various local animal clubs, veterinary clinics in British Columbia and Alberta, the University of Calgary (pre-veterinary student association), and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts. She has volunteered many hours developing and teaching bird and rabbit First Aid courses to raise funds for local animal rescues. Dr. Materi’s exotic pet blog can be followed at She is currently the Canadian liaison for the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV). Her much loved family of pets includes the typical motley crew of rescues – Beanie the Hahn’s Macaw, Oy and Zelda the rabbits, and Ruby Tuesday, her senior Pug

(photo and excerpt credit: Calgary Avian & Exotic Pet Clinic website – Our Team – Our Veterinarians)