About Us

NorthCoast Bird & Exotic Specialties is a full service veterinary general, referral, and emergency practice for exotic pets. Dr. Gary Riggs is board certified in Avian Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (charter class) and has over 30 years exotic animal experience in private practice, zoo medicine, aquarium practice, wildlife medicine, and fieldwork. LEARN MORE HERE

The Barberton Veterinary Clinic (BVC), is an American Animal Hospital Association Certified hospital (founded in 1956 by Dr. George Blind), meeting and exceeding the highest veterinary medical standards to offer your dogs and cats the best care possible. Dr. Gary Riggs and Dr. Lauren Terihay enjoy all types and sizes of dogs and cats … and their people as well! LEARN MORE HERE

The Animal Clinic (TAC) is an American Animal Hospital Association Certified hospital, meeting and exceeding the highest veterinary medical standards to offer your dogs and cats the best care possible. Dr. Gary Riggs and Dr. Ben Bedore enjoy all types and sizes of dogs and cats. LEARN MORE HERE

Gary Riggs DVM, ABVP

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 30 years experience caring for a wide variety of dog, cat, zoo, exotic, avian, and wildlife species. Dr. Riggs has been associated with the Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital since 1981, and is a member of the Metropolitan Veterinary Referral Group. He is the owner of the Barberton Veterinary Clinic and started the Norton based Bird and Exotic Specialty Hospital in 1993.

Dr. Riggs also operates The Animal Clinic: Wadsworth and NorthCoast Bird & Exotic Specialties, an avian/exotic animal referral and emergency clinic located in the Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital. In addition to private practice, Dr. Riggs served as a zoo consulting veterinarian for over 20 years. Within the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, Dr. Riggs served as the Veterinary Advisor for the white winged wood duck Species Survival Plan and was chairman of the Veterinary Advisory Group. Dr. Riggs serves on the Association of Avian Veterinarians Conservation committee and is the association state liaison for Ohio. Dr. Riggs is a member of the board of directors of both Friends of Metro Parks and PEAC (parrot education and adoption centers) of Akron/Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Riggs’ area of research includes diagnosis and prevention of avian tuberculosis.

Dr. Riggs lectures nationally and internationally on a variety of avian and exotic topics and is veterinary advisor for The University of Akron, Metro Parks Serving Summit County, Stark Parks, Medina Raptor Center, and Noah’s Lost Ark exotic animal sanctuary.

Dr. Riggs is a founding member of Wild4Ever (www.wild4ever.com) a 501(C)(3) non-profit wildlife conservation foundation. Wild4Ever supports local wildlife rehabilitation, offers conservation scholarships for local individuals and groups, and supports conservation efforts locally and globally.

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