DR. Susan Orosz, PhD, DVM, Dipl ABVP (Avian) & Dipl ECZM (Avian):
Dr Susan Orosz is a Toledo native who grew up in Point Place and her grandmother's nearby farm tending rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, and her pony, Lightning. Having practiced in California and Tennessee, she has returned to the Toledo area, where she now lives on a small environmentally friendly family farm. "Dr O", as she is known, has her undergraduate degree in Biology from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio. She received her PhD in neuroanatomy from The University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine in 1980 and her DVM from The Ohio State University in 1984. While in her 4th year at Ohio State, she did an anatomical study of the bones of the California Condor while working at the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park. That study was turned into a text book detailing the surgical anatomy necessary for the fracture repair of birds of all types. This textbook won both national and international awards as the Best technical book for the year.
After vet school, Dr O worked at an exotics practice in San Diego California before joining the faculty at The University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine, Knoxville, Tennessee. She was the Section Chief for the Avian, Exotic Animal and Wildlife Medicine Service in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital which, at the time, had the largest case load of exotics in the country. During her 14-year tenure at the University, she trained vet students, residents and other veterinarians in the medicine and surgery of exotic animals. She continues to be sought after to lecture in the United States and Europe about avian and exotic animal medicine. Dr O is one of only 4 veterinarians from the United States board certified in avian medicine here (through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, ABVP) and in Europe (through the European College of Zoological Medicine, ECZM).
Dr O received the prestigious Dr TJ Lafeber Avian Practitioner Award in 2007 for her compassion and knowledge in avian medicine and the respect from her peers. She is sought after for her knowledge in exotics. She is a past president of the Association of Avian Veterinarians and is on the conference committee of Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians. Dr O has over 30 years of exotic animal medicine experience and has pioneered many techniques and the use of medicines in exotic animal practice. She has consulted with the Lafeber Company on avian and exotic animal nutrition and particularly the development of nutritional products for sick and debilitated patients.
Dr O shares life on the farm with her husband, Eric, and a bunch of animals. The house animals include 2 cats, two rescue dogs, 2 orange-winged Amazons and a black-capped conure. She is constantly feeding the wild birds and watches for wild turkeys on the farm. As her daughter suggests, she is totally addicted to driving her Morgan mare Belle in her carriage in the summer months and the old family Albany cutter complete with sleigh bells when snow arrives.
"Dr. O" is a specialist in avian medicine, with advanced training and expertise acquired through years of experience and having passed a rigorous credentials process to become boarded in avian medicine. This can be seen in the diplomate initials "Dipl ABVP (Avian)," which reflects the highest standard of care in the profession.