Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital of Georgia is a full-service veterinary hospital in the Savannah, Georgia area that provides both medical and surgical services, along with advice on exotic pet care, consultations, and boarding. They are the only veterinary hospital on the coast of Georgia that exclusively treats exotic animals such as small mammals, birds (including chickens and other backyard birds), reptiles, amphibians, and fish. They have an in-house laboratory to be able to quickly analyze bloodwork, perform fecal exams, urinalysis, and cytology. They also have small incubators to provide heat and oxygen to emergency patients.
A native Floridian, Dr. Miller earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. While in school, she was president of the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians Student Chapter, as well as an officer in the Wildlife, Zoological, and Avian Animal Medicine club. Directly after graduation she completed a one-year internship at Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital of Georgia, and she loved the clinic and the area so much that she accepted the offer to stay on as an associate veterinarian once the internship was completed. Dr. Miller is currently an active member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians, and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, and is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. She is especially interested in avian medicine and surgery, infectious diseases, and wildlife conservation, although she loves all aspects of exotic veterinary medicine and the wide variety of patients it brings. She spends most of her spare time painting and drawing, especially pet portraits. She also enjoys horse-back riding, hiking with her dog, kayaking and gardening. Dr. Miller's pet family includes a greyhound named Captain, cats Archer and Poptart, and four snakes - Barnaby the Boa constrictor, Rhia the Variable king snake, Nikolai the Russian rat snake, and Murdoch the Bredli's carpet python.
Stacey Wilkinson, DVM DABVP (reptile)
Dr. Wilkinson earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. From 2006-2015 she worked as an associate veterinarian at Avian and Exotic Animal Care in Raleigh, NC, a veterinary practice that treats only exotic pets. In 2013 she became a board-certified specialist by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in reptile
and amphibian practice. In 2015 Dr. Wilkinson left North Carolina to start the first hospital on the Georgia coast exclusively dedicated to the care of exotic pets. She is the only reptile and amphibian specialist certified by the ABVP in the state of Georgia. Dr. Wilkinson is also an adjunct assistant professor at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, instructing students in exotic animal medicine and surgery.
Dr. Wilkinson has been published in textbooks and scientific and non-scientific journals and lectures nationally on exotic animal medicine and care. She is active in the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians, where she serves on the board of directors as Treasurer. She is also active in the Association of Avian Veterinarians and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Georgia
Veterinary Medical Association. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, fishing, swimming, and enjoying our beautiful coast. At home Dr. Wilkinson has a dog, cat and many various reptile pets, including iguanas, geckos, tortoises, and snakes. You'll see her green cheek conure at the office every day as well! In October of 2017, she added a new human family member - her son Bill who you might see around the office too!
Victoria Bender, DVM
Victoria Bender, DVM is a 2016 graduate of University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and earned her BS in Biology from Duke University. She was born in New York and raised in South Florida, where she still has family. While in veterinary school, she spent time learning at various zoological institutions, interned at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom and conducted research on the immune systems of elephants and manatees. After earning her DVM, she returned to North Carolina to complete an internship in avian and exotic animal medicine. Since then, she has worked in Raleigh and outside of Philadelphia as an associate with a caseload made up entirely of exotic mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, and wildlife. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Bender enjoys speaking with local groups and classes about various topics in veterinary medicine. She is passionate about avian and exotic pets and loves to educate others about them. Since 2019 she has served on the board of directors for the Association of Exotic Companion Mammals (AEMV) and has been elected to the position of Vice President in 2021. She plans to pursue board certification in exotic companion mammals. At home, Dr. Bender caters to the needs and desires of a rambunctious Miniature Schnauzer and a sophisticated grey tabby. She hosts weekly trivia nights with a loyal following and enjoys both domestic and international travel. Dr. Bender ?also works as a professional actor and improviser. She has loved living in Durham and Philadelphia and is now excited to make Savannah home!