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UNLIKELY COMPANIONS: The Adventures of an Exotic Animal Doctor

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Veterinarian Dr. Laurie Hess shares her tales as an exotic animal doctor, all while juggling family, friends, health, and a mysterious epidemic in her debut book, UNLIKELY COMPANIONS: The Adventures of an Exotic Animal Doctor (Or, What Friends Feathered, Furred, and Scaled Have Taught Me About Life and Love) 

Dr. Hess is an internationally renowned expert in avian and exotic pet medical care. She has appeared on The Doctors, Inside Edition, Animal Planet and The Martha Stewart Show to discuss exotic animal pet care. In UNLIKELY COMPANIONS she narrates a hectic, life-changing week at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills, NY. Hess details her daily, round-the-clock schedule as the founder and owner of one of the only exotic animal hospitals in the area, and how she was able to achieve her dream of working and caring for exotics and educating pet owners everywhere.

With thoughtful discussions on love and relationships—with humans and pets—family, career, and a central mystery in which Dr. Hess tries to find the source of a mysterious illness plaguing sugar gliders across the country, UNLIKELY COMPANIONS is an inspiring look at a woman trying to do her best for all, from a pot-bellied pig to a newborn guinea pig. Part memoir, part mystery, and part day-in-the-life, this book will encourage readers to follow their dreams, treat all types of people (and pets) with love and respect, and how to fit it all into just one day.


(Dr. Hess with an adorable chinchilla.  Heck - all chinchillas are adorable)

Dr. Laurie Hess is the founder and owner of the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics. She graduated summa cum laude from Yale University, and received her veterinary medical degree from Tufts University. She is board-certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in avian medicine, and is a member of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians and the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians. Dr. Hess has lectured all over the country and internationally, has written for various veterinary publications, and has appeared on shows such as FOX’s Good Day New York and the Martha Stewart Show. She has published research on exotic pet nutrition, and has presented it in the US and Europe. Her first book, UNLIKELY COMPANIONS, was published by Da Capo Press on November 1, 2016.


Dr. Hess's patients include birds, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, chinchillas, rats, mice, gerbils, hamsters, degus, reptiles, amphibians, sugar gliders, hedgehogs, pot-bellied pigs, wallabies, kinkajous, fennec foxes, opossums, and more!

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“Dr. Hess takes everyday as it comes and treats whatever enters her office with compassion, and knowledge, and sometimes even humor.”
--Martha Stewart, television personality
“You will be swept up in her race to find a cure that will save dying animals and the frequent E.R.-like action, as well as the heartfelt, healthful connections of loving people for their extraordinary pets.”
--Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian” and author of The Healing Power of Pets
"If I was a veterinarian, I'd want to do the kind of work that Dr. Hess does.  She is super cool." 
--The Pet Blog Lady, Pet Blogger


(Open to U.S.A. residents.  Good luck!) 

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