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Dr. Teresa Lightfoot Joins Florida Veterinary Specialists & Cancer Treatment Center; World Expert Establishes Avian and Exotic Service Specialty.

TAMPA, Fla. -- Teresa Lightfoot, DVM, and Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) -- Avian -- has joined Florida Veterinary Specialists & Cancer Treatment Center (FVS), the 24- hour critical care facility located here, to establish an Avian And Exotic Service. This specialized care for birds, ferrets, rabbits, iguanas and other "pocket pets" includes pre-purchase examinations, complete diagnostic evaluations and a full range of specialized medical and surgical treatment options.

Dr. Lightfoot, a charter member of the ABVP-Avian specialty and current Regent for this specialty, served on the Florida Board of Veterinary Medicine from 1995-1999 and was chairperson for two years. She has served as staff veterinarian for the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary since 1987. The author of more than 100 articles on avian and exotic species, editor of the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery and of the upcoming Avian Compendium Text and the European-based Exotic Pet Medicine and Exotic DVM, she is a frequent lecturer on avian and exotic medicine and surgery nationally and internationally. Widely recognized as one of the world authorities in this area, Dr. Lightfoot was awarded the 2001 Exotic Veterinarian of the Year by the International Conference on Exotics. She also received the Florida Veterinarian of the Year award for 2000 and the Association of Avian Veterinarians Gold Star Award in 1998.

"We are delighted and excited that Dr. Lightfoot has joined our team," said Neil Shaw, DVM, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Medicine, FVS Medical Director. "To have someone of her stature and skills establish this new specialty area for us is an important step, and provides our referring veterinarians with another valuable option for their clients and patients." Shaw said that Dr. Lightfoot is available for telephone consultation and case.

"The treatment of avian and exotic pets has benefited tremendously from recent advances in veterinary medicine," said Dr. Lightfoot. "At FVS I am able to put this increased level of skill and technology to its greatest use to treat birds and other non-traditional pets. Having the expertise of all these other specialists available is invaluable, and assures that I can provide the highest quality medical care for my patients."

Florida Veterinary Specialists & Cancer Treatment Center, the largest private veterinary practice in the southeastern United States, is a 24-hour critical care facility that also serves as the primary veterinary cancer center for the State of Florida as well as the primary emergency and referral center for the Tampa Bay area. The facility sees cases strictly by veterinary referral in the specialty areas of Emergency, Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Neurology, Behavior, Radiology, Ophthalmology and Dermatology. More than 12,000 new patients are seen annually. The staff includes 28 full-time veterinarians, two part-time veterinarians and 75 support staff including 26 certified veterinary technicians.


CONTACT: Neil Shaw, DVM, Medical Director, Florida Veterinary Specialists, +1-813-933-8944,; or Steve Holub, +1-813-657-1363,, for Florida Veterinary Specialists
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