Your Trusted Partner for Exotic Pet Needs

Who We Are

Foster Hospital for Small Animals offers specialty services by veterinarians specially trained and board-certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and the American College of Zoological Medicine. Our Zoological Companion Animal Medicine Service also specializes in unique exotic animal care and our specialists have years of experience treating pet birds, reptiles, amphibians and small exotic mammals, including rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, rodents, chinchillas or hedgehogs. Foster Hospital veterinary specialists work in collaboration with other veterinary specialists from other areas of expertise to care for these animals as needed. Ready access to a broad range of specialty expertise under one roof underscores Foster Hospital’s team approach to delivering the high quality, coordinated and comprehensive care. Additionally, Foster Hospital’s ZCAM veterinary specialists are formally trained in traditional and laparoscopic surgery, having performed hundreds of soft tissue, orthopedic and endoscopic surgeries in exotic animals.

Stephany Lewis (V’15) and Dr. Jennifer Graham examine Soney the Hedgehog’s mouth in the ZCAM Department at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals.

Stephany Lewis (V’15) and Dr. Jennifer Graham examine Soney the Hedgehog’s mouth in the ZCAM Department at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals.

The ZCAM ward within the Foster Hospital is specifically designed for the care of avian and exotic patients and includes avian incubators, oxygen cages, and specialty reptile hospital caging with 24/7 video patient monitoring. All of this is located in a separate area of the hospital to allow these animals to be examined and housed away from other non-exotic companion animals.

Services include endoscopy, dentistry, radiology, ultrasonography, blood work testing, avian and exotic animal surgery and advanced diagnostics, including infectious disease testing, and imaging such as CT, MRI, and fluoroscopy services. Radiation therapy, intra-lesional therapy, and various systemic chemotherapeutics are also used with success in a variety of exotic species.

Meet the Team

Foster Hospital for Small Animals has two dedicated ZCAM veterinary specialists, and a dedicated technician, who combined, has more than two decades of experience caring for zoological companion pets.

Your clients will receive personalized attention from a team that is committed to tailor care recommendations to meet the individual needs of their pet.

Jennifer Graham, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (Avian/Exotic Companion Mammal), Dipl. ACZM, joined the faculty and staff of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in 2012. A DVM graduate of Auburn University in 1999, Dr. Graham completed an avian/exotic internship at the University of Georgia followed by a three-year residency in avian/exotic animal medicine at the University of California at Davis. Following her residency she established and ran an exotics practice in a specialty referral hospital in Seattle from 2003-2006 and subsequently worked at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston from 2006-2012. Dr. Graham became board certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in avian medicine in 2002 and has recently recertified in this practice category. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine in 2008. She was also on the organizing committee for the ABVP-Exotic Companion Mammal practice category and became certified in this practice category in 2009.

Sophie Emmanuelle (Emi) Knafo, DVM, has recently returned to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts as a faculty and staff member, six years after receiving her DVM in 2008. Since then, Dr. Knafo completed an internship in large animal surgery and critical care at the University of Pennsylvania and an internship in zoological medicine and surgery at the University of Georgia. In 2013, she completed an American Association of Zoological Medicine residency at Cornell University and has been operating a house call practice for exotic pets. Dr. Knafo has experience with free-ranging wildlife, including wildlife disease and conservation projects on Grevy’s zebra in Kenya, Giant Galapagos tortoises in The Galapagos Islands, River Redhorse fish in the Broad River of North Georgia, Eastern Indigo snakes in Florida, and Timber rattlesnakes in Central New York.

Referring a Patient

Our ZCAM specialists are available to see clients in the hospital Monday through Friday for both primary care and referral care of special species, including avian, ferret, rabbit, rodent, reptile, amphibian, and fish. We also see a variety of pets, including pigs, exotic felids, canids, marsupials, and other exotic hoofstock. In certain circumstances, some larger pets will be seen in the Hospital for Large Animals and may also need to be seen on an outpatient basis. Our team based approach helps deliver the best care possible for our exotic clients. To arrange a consult or to book an appointment for your client, you can contact ZCAM’s client liaison Rose Shaughnessy at 508-887-4794. We are dedicated to serving the needs of this region’s exotic pets and are proud to be your trusted partner in caring for this special pet population.