Our veterinarians apply their specialized knowledge, tools, and expertise to improve the health and wellness of your exotic pet. They attend veterinary conferences and obtain specialized training to maintain that expertise, and Dr. Orosz has actively taught for over 30 years. Dr. Mutchler is working with Dr. Orosz to complete a residency program in avian medicine through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.
Susan Orosz, PhD, DVM, Dipl ABVP (Avian), Dipl ECZM (Avian)
Dr. Orosz is an internationally known avian veterinarian and anatomist and is the owner of Bird and Exotic Pet Wellness Center. She received her PhD in human neuroanatomy from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in 1980 and her DVM degree from The Ohio State University in 1984. She first practiced at a small animal practice in San Diego that was noted for avian and exotic animal medicine. From 1986-2000, she taught avian medicine and surgery at The University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine where she attained the rank of professor. While there, she was Section Chief for the Avian, Exotic Animal and Wildlife Medicine Service at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital which, at the time, had the largest case load of exotics in the country. She trained students, residents, and other veterinarians in the medicine and surgery of exotic animals, and continues today with a residency program. She continues to lecture in the United States and Europe about avian and exotic animal medicine. She is one of only four veterinarians from the United States who is board-certified in avian medicine both here (through the American Board of Veterinary Medicine) and in Europe (through the European College of Zoological Medicine). Board certification reflects the highest standard of knowledge and care in the profession. Dr. Orosz brings that knowledge and 35 years of experience to your pet’s care.
Dr. Orosz has authored a number of books and book chapters, as well as scientific papers on avian anatomy and medicine. She is currently working with colleagues to complete another book on fracture repair in avian patients. She is past president of the AAV and served as scientific editor for The Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery. 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 has pioneered many techniques and the use of medicines in exotic animal practice. She has also consulted with the Lafeber Company on avian and exotic animal nutrition, particularly in the development of nutritional products for sick and debilitated patients.
Dr. Orosz shares life on her farm with her husband, Eric, and a bunch of animals, including three rescue cats, two rescue dogs, two orange-winged Amazons, and 3 rescue horses.
Dr. Orosz enjoys taking her horses for sleigh rides when snowfall is adequate and also enters them in carriage driving competitions as her busy schedule allows.
Megan Mutchler, DVM, RESIDENT ABVP (AVIAN)
Dr. Megan is a 2017 graduate of St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada after completing her clinical year at the University of Illinois. Dr. Megan is a northwest Ohio native having grown up in the area. She was excited to return to the area and join the staff at the Bird and Exotic Pet Wellness Center after graduation. Originally she earned her Bachelor’s degree in biology and natural resource management with a minor in chemistry from Grand Valley State University. Her intention was to follow in the footsteps of Smokey the Bear and practice wildlife conservation and research, but it didn’t take long for her to realize she was ready to care for Smokey, not just work beside him. Though she has loved working with all animals during her time in school, practicing exotics medicine has always been her veterinary goal. In order to best serve her patients, Dr. Megan entered a residency program for avian medicine in 2018 through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners under the mentorship of Dr. Orosz. She presented two guest lectures at Phoenix Landing Wellness Retreat in Asheville, NC in 2018, which were well received. In her free time, Dr. Megan enjoys crafting, reading, and spending time with her fur-children, three Grenadian pothounds, and two guinea pigs.,