Dr. Gary Riggs
Dr. Riggs is Board Certified in Avian Practice and one of the first 20 veterinarians to become board certified in the specialty’s charter class. He has over 25 years experience caring for a wide variety of zoo, exotic, avian, and wildlife species. Dr. Riggs has been associated with the Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital since 1981. He is the owner of the Barberton Veterinary Clinic and started the Norton based Bird and Exotic Specialty Hospital in 1993.
In addition to private practice, Dr. Riggs has been the Director of Veterinary Services and Field Conservation at the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) accredited Akron Zoological Park for over 20 years. Within the AZA, Dr. Riggs is vice-Chair of the Animal Health Committee, Chairman of the Veterinary Advisory Group, Veterinary Advisor for the waterfowl Taxon Advisory Group, and the Veterinary Advisor for Species Survival Plans for the white wing wood duck and brown kiwi. Dr. Riggs lectures nationally and internationally on a variety of avian and exotic topics and is veterinary advisor for The University of Akron, Venezuelan Waterfowl Foundation (founding member), International Wild Waterfowl Association, Marshfield Labs (avian/exotic division), Ohio Division of Wildlife, Sylvan Heights Conservation Center, Medina Raptor Center, and the Hiram College Conservation Center.
Dr. Riggs' chapter on Avian Mycobacterial Disease will be included in the upcoming Zoo and Wild Animal Medicine: Current Therapy by Fowler and Miller
Dr. Riggs is also a founding member of Wild4Ever (www.wild4ever.com) a 501(C)(3) non-profit local and worldwide wildlife conservation foundation. Dr. Riggs’ areas of research include diagnosis and prevention of avian tuberculosis in white wing wood ducks, and field research on conservation and environmental impact involving Venezuelan and Cambodian waterfowl. Dr. Riggs is also on the Board of Directors for PEAC (parrot education and adoption centers).