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Adjunct Assistant Professor

Phone: (330) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: g***@***.edu
University of Akron
302 Buchtel Common
Akron, Ohio 44325
United States

Company Description: The University of Akron is a public research university for Northern Ohio. It is the only public university in Ohio with a science and engineering program ranked in...   more
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  • DVM
  • D.V.M.
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Dr. Gary Riggs is board ...
www.exoticpetvets.com, 8 Nov 2013 [cached]
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!
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Dr. Gary Riggs and Dr. Ben Bedore enjoy all types and sizes of dogs and cats.
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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 local and worldwide wildlife conservation foundation.
Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital
www.metropolitanvet.com, 17 July 2009 [cached]
Dr. Riggs Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital
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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 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).
The first one, on May 4 ...
www.akron.com, 29 April 2011 [cached]
The first one, on May 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., will feature guest speaker Gary Riggs, DVM, the founder of Wild4Ever, an all-volunteer nonprofit addressing endangered wild animal species and conservation efforts in this country and worldwide.
Exotic Pet Vets
www.barbertonvetclinic.com, 26 May 2012 [cached]
Gary Riggs DVM, ABVP: Avian 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 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 local and worldwide wildlife conservation foundation.
Chicago Tribune | Pets get peeved on moving day, too
www.chicagotribune.com, 16 Aug 2002 [cached]
"They are creatures of habit," says Dr. Gary Riggs, a veterinarian at the Bird and Exotic Specialty Hospital near Akron."We advise bird owners not to overwhelm the bird with more changes than they have to."
Typically, if the bird's cage is too large to put in the back seat of a car, the bird will have to be in a small travel cage for the move, but some birds fly freely in their owners' homes.Before the move, they should be caged for longer periods, and in a quiet spot.
On moving day, if the large cage is used, it should be covered with a cloth, to minimize the bird's awareness of suddenly changing surroundings.
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Riggs warns that it is best not to let the bird fly freely at first, as it will be disoriented and may fly into a window.In fact, it is best to keep the cage away from a window that would provide a lot of stimulation.
"It could freak out," he says.
Signs of stress, in addition to plucking at its feathers, are unusual and excessive vocalizing and not eating.The sooner its environment and routine are back to normal, the better for the bird.
Thick-skinned friends
It may be difficult to imagine a cold-blooded reptile getting stressed-out, but turtles, lizards and snakes need TLC, too.
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Riggs warns that a reptile can even mistake its reflection in a window as another reptile invading its territory.Stressed-out lizards may pace incessantly, try to escape, or bang their heads on the wall.One technique for helping a lizard calm down is to put more hiding places in its domain.
"Pocket pets" like hamsters, as well as rabbits and ferrets can be moved easily, says Riggs.However, if a rabbit is let loose in a new environment, it may "mark" its new territory by urinating and defecating.
Fish out of water
Moving fish may be the most challenging pet transfer.
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It is readily treated with medicine, says Riggs.
Maybe moving gives everyone a case of ick, because we're like a fish out of water.
We cope as best we can, but our pets depend on us to make their move happen without too much biting, yowling, screeching, feather-pulling, territory "marking," and head-banging.
Web resources for transporting your pet
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