NorthCoast Bird & Exotic Specialty

Bird & Exotic Animal Hospital & Veterinarian

NorthCoast Bird & Exotic Specialty is a full service veterinary general, referral, and emergency practice for exotic pets. Although thorough physical examinations are still our best diagnostic tools, NorthCoast Bird & Exotic Specialty offers a full range of diagnostic and treatment options for all types of exotic pets.  Diagnostics, including full in-house blood work, radiographs, ultrasound, CT scans, endoscopy, and laparoscopy are available for use on pets from parakeets to pythons to gold fish to Siberian tigers.

If needed, NorthCoast has the surgical experience and expertise for any required soft tissue surgery, orthopedic surgery, and low impact laparoscopic surgery. When required, climate controlled intensive- care hospitalization and treatment, staffed by experienced exotic animal registered technicians under NorthCoast direction is available.  All care is geared toward your pet’s comfort and quick recovery. Being a member of the Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital (330-666-2976), NorthCoast can offer exotic pet emergency care under our direction around-the-clock 365 days a year.

30 Years of Exotic Vet Experience

Dr. Gary Riggs is one of the first 20 veterinarians in North America to earn board certification 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.  Dr. Riggs and his wife are founders of Wild4Ever, a 501(c)(3) wildlife conservation foundations (  Dr. Riggs has been a consulting zoo veterinarian for 25 years, serving as the chairman of the Veterinary Advisory Group of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, vice-chair of the AZA Animal Health Committee, and Species Survival Plan veterinary advisor for the endangered white-winged wood duck.  He is a founding member of the Venezuelan Waterfowl Foundation and participated in field work in South Africa, Venezuela, and Cambodia as well as leading trips to the Galapagos, Amazon, Kenya, and Tanzania.  Dr. Riggs has been a member of the Governor’s Wild and Restricted Animal Advisory Board, is consulting veterinarian for the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Noah’s Lost Ark Exotic Animal Sanctuary, and provides wildlife care through Wild4Ever in partnerships with; Metro Parks Serving Summit County, Stark Parks, and Project Orphan among others. Wild4Ever is also currently supporting and participating in NE Ohio’s spotted turtle program…working to save one of Ohio’s most charismatic native species.

Dr. Jordan Adair is a graduate of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.  He has completed an Exotic Internship at NorthCoast and is currently in an Avian ABVP Residency at our practice.

Dr. Emily Velez is a graduate of the University of Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine.  She has completed an Exotic Internship at NorthCoast and is currently in a Reptile and Amphibian ABVP Residency at our practice.

Exotic Pet Health is Our #1 Goal

Our goal is exotic pet health and longevity! Exotic pets have many special needs and are notorious for hiding early disease symptoms. We strongly advise routine wellness exams and health consultations to detect early problems or to stop problems before they start. We discuss your pets health with you to help you make informed decisions. All of our patients are treated with genuine kindness and concern. We are passionate about providing the best health care possible to exotic animals. Give NorthCoast a call and take the first step toward the long-term health and wellness of your special family pet.