About Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital
Chicago Exotics has been in business since
2000. We've been quickly establishing ourselves as the region's
premier exotic animal hospital. Our mission is to be the best
care facility in the Chicago land area for avian and exotic
We do offer 24 hour critical care services in
association with our emergency partners, Blue Pearl Skokie, located in
the same building.
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Meet our Staff
Thanks to TurtleBug
Photography for this photo! It is from a special book
the bird in this picture!
Susan Horton, DVM, pictured with Misty the Black
Dr. Susan Horton is a University of Illinois
graduate (class of 1995). Her interest in birds and exotic animals followed her
into veterinary school where she worked for four years with the
Director of Exotic Animal Medicine at the veterinary college, Dr.
Kenneth Welle ABVP avian. With Dr. Welle, Dr. Horton gained valuable
experience and knowledge in the care of reptiles, birds, sugar
gliders, hedgehogs and other small mammals, as well as ostriches,
emus, and fish. Also while at the University of Illinois, Dr.
Horton took an elective course in reptile and aquatic medicine
through Texas A&M University (Aquamed) and the aquatic
rotation and University of Florida CVM, Gainesville. She
attends several of the yearly veterinary conferences on avian,
reptilian, and exotic animal medicine. Through these venues
she has continued her education in medicine, surgery, cytology,
radiology, and all other aspects of avian, reptilian, and exotic
Dr. Horton has not confined her knowledge and expertise to the
walls of a veterinary hospital. Both Brookfield Zoo and the Shedd
Aquarium have used her services. She has also worked with
the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources in censusing the zoonotic
diseases (contractible by people) of the local and statewide
population of raccoons. She has lectured to the The Aviculture
Society of Chicago, the University of Illinois, and many
other local venues and has been published
in the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery, Journal of
Herpetologic Medicine and Surgery, and "Invertebrate
Biology". She is a member of the Association of
Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians where she is the current
Secretary as well as co-chair for the Membership/Public
Relations/Social Media Committee, and she is also a member of the Association of
Avian Veterinarians, the Association of Exotic Mammal
Veterinarians, AAZV, and AVMA. She has been an associate
editor for the Journal of Reptilian and Amphibian Medicine and the
Exotic DVM Magazine. The Red Door Animal Shelter, (http://www.reddoorshelter.org) uses her
rabbit expertise with their many wonderful bunnies. She is
also Medical Directory for HAPPE
Parrots and Friends
of Scales Reptile Rescue. Dr. Horton has studied nationally
and internationally in Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery.
Her she is pictured with her endoscopy
class at University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Pictured
below with Dr. Horton is Boris the iguana and Misty the Black Palm
Dr. Horton has her own assortment of exotic (and
not so exotic) pets including: geckos, cockatiels,
frogs, fish, and one dog. In her "spare" time, Dr.
Horton likes gardening, scuba diving, bird watching, camping,
canning, brewing, bee keeping, and
beading (and working on this website).
Dr. Horton appeared in a Chicago Magazine article
profiling Chicago's top veterinarians as well as being featured in
Stephanie Moy, DVM
Dr. Stephanie Moy graduated from the University
in 2010. While attending school, she volunteered in the
wildlife clinic. During her third year, she became a team
leader. She was active in several student organizations.
During her senior year she did two externships; one at John G. Shedd
Aquarium and one at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife at
Sanibel Island, Florida. After
graduating from veterinary school, she still continues to
volunteer at the John G. Shedd Aquarium. Prior to joining
Chicago Exotics, she worked at another animal clinic where she
treated dogs, cats, and exotic animals.
Dr. Moy’s love of exotics stems from her 25 year old cockatiel. In her spare time, Dr. Moy
likes to read, listen to music, cook/bake, and trying to be crafty.
Dr. Moy was recently featured in a JAVMA
article on Small mammals!
Kirsin Claricoates, DVM.
Dr. Claricoates is a graduate of the
University of Illinois Class of 2013. During school she was
an active member of the wildlife clinic and was the exotic mammal
representative of the non traditional species club. She also
spent her summers and externships in veterinary school learning
exotic animal medicine from the Belize Zoo, Decatur Zoo,
Brookfield Zoo, the Bird Hospital at Mexico City’s UNAM, and the
Carolina Raptor Center. She is the newest doctor to join Chicago
Exotics Animal Hospital.
At home, Dr. Claricoates enjoys learning and
practicing foreign languages and is proficient in Spanish.
She also enjoys playing guitar and holds a captive audience with
her two chinchillas and pet cat.
DVM is one of
our part-time veterinarians. She loves exotic medicine, but
also practices emergency, acupuncture and chiropractic medicine. She
is pictured below holding a Lemur from the Torango Zoo.
Dana Varble, DVM
joined our staff in 2011. She pictured above.
She received her DVM from University of Illinois and
her Zoology B.S. from Southern Illinois University. Her
special interests are venomous bites and stings, exotic pets,
wildlife, and zoo animals, working canines, soft tissue and
non-invasive surgery techniques. Dr Varble is currently the
President of the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Medicine.
In her spare time she volunteers for Search and
rescue operations and trains her bloodhound, Calhoun, as a trailing
search dog. She also has a walker coonhound - Penny, a Rottweiler
mix - Dottie, two cats - Thomas and Abe, and two ball pythons - Jake
“I like to put myself in my patient’s and
client’s position and use the knowledge I have to strike a balance
that best serves both of them.” DV
Kelly, pictured below, comes with lots of
avian experience. She also loves rabbits and guinea pigs.
Pictured above is
Rachel with a Lion head rabbit. Rachel has joined our full
time team of technicians. She is very interested in
Pictured below is Erica, CVT. She is an
avid herpto-culturist who has given talks locally and nationally
on reptile medicine and husbandry. With the Association of
Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, she is the technician liaison.
She is actively involved in the Chicago
Herpetological Society and is in charge of the Junior
Herpers! You can see many or the
care sheets we provide on this website have been written by
her! She is working on her specialization as a certified
exotic animal technician.
Pictured here is Lisa,
one of our technicians. She has a great love for all of the
critters we see!
Pictured below is Marcia. She works as a receptionist and an assistant.
You can see she likes chickens, but her favorite animals are
rabbits!! She is also involved with Red
Door Animal Shelter. She is a journalist when not
our technician staff with zoo experience as well a a small menagerie
at home. She enjoys keeping tarantulas as well as fostering
reptiles for a local shelter.
Soon to be Pictured here is Jessica.
She enjoys all exotics but seems to really love guinea pigs and
Here is our front Desk Manager
Lamor. She is pictured below with
some of her favorite pets.
I finally caught Tina
on film! She's pictured below with Lemiwinks, our
mascot. Tina is one of
our daytime receptionists.
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