North Coast Bird & Exotic Specialties is a referral practice for birds, reptiles, rabbits, ferrets, pocket pets, fish and other exotic pets. Dr. Gary Riggs and the North Coast staff offer a full range of diagnostics, therapies and surgeries for our bird and exotic patients. In addition, North Coast has a dedicated climate-controlled area for the special needs of some exotic pets. Our specialized training and skills, combined with the other specialists and services available through Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital, enables North Coast to provide extraordinary care for extraordinary animals!
To make an appointment or receive treatment from our board-certified specialists, you’ll need a referral from your veterinarian.
Constant and Specialized Care
Thank you for choosing our practice and allowing us to care for your special pet’s special needs. Because we appreciate and share your concern for your pet, it is our goal to alleviate any uneasiness by keeping you well informed of your pet’s condition throughout his/her stay in our hospital.
Unless otherwise arranged, you will receive a phone call each morning to let you know his/her status. You can expect to hear from us between 8 and 10am but if you haven’t, assume that everything is fine. Because we are part of an emergency hospital, patients sometimes require immediate attention, which may lead to a schedule change or prevent us from calling you as early as we would like. Be assured that we will call you as soon as possible.
Meet Our Doctors
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).