Eastside Avian & Exotic Animal Medical Center


13603 100th Avenue NE Kirkland, Washington 98034

Cathy A. Johnson-Delaney

Cathy A. Johnson-Delaney, DVM DABVP-Avian Practice

Curriculum Vitae | Conferences & Lectures

Dr. Johnson-Delaney is a 1980 graduate of Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She has practiced avian and exotic companion animal medicine in the greater Puget Sound area for more than 25 years. Dr. Johnson-Delaney is board certified by the Am Bd of Vet Practitioners in Avian Practice and received the 2003 Exotic DVM of the Year Award.

During her career, she has advanced the cause of exotic animal practice through her involvement with the Association of Avian Veterinarians, the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, and the laboratory animal field. She is considered one of the world's leading authorities on endocrine disease and multi-neoplastic syndrome in ferrets and she is deeply involved in continuing clinical research. She serves as Medical Director for the Washington Ferret Rescue & Shelter, consulting veterinarian for the Oregon Tiger Sanctuary and the Pacific Primate Sanctuary.

Dr. Johnson-Delaney is an international speaker on all aspects of nontraditional companion animals and is the author of the best-selling Exotic Companion Medicine Handbook for Veterinarians, published by Zoological Education Network. She is a member of the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Association of Avian Veterinarians, Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians, American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners, American Association of Laboratory Animal Science, Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians and the Association of Northwest Avian & Exotic Veterinarians.


Stephani Knutson: Veterinary Assistant

Stephani earned her B.S. degree in Biology at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington in 1990. She worked as a Zookeeper for the Boise City Zoo for 5 years prior to that during the summer seasons while she went to school, and 1 summer for the U.S. Forest Service working on habitat improvement. In 1990 she began work as a veterinary assistant at the Exotic Pet and Bird Clinic where she worked with Dr. Skip Nelson and Dr. Cathy Johnson-Delaney. During this time she also volunteered at the Woodland Park zoo in various departments as assistant and docent (Nocturnal House, Pheasantry, Raptors, Gorillas), and designed a traveling educational display for the Tree Kangaroo Species Survival Plan. In 1993 Stephani chose to take the position of Head Birdkeeper at the Cougar Mountain Zoo, but decided to return the the Exotic Pet and Bird Clinic in 1994 where she remained until 2005. Stephani is also an artist working in the media of Pen &Ink, and creates embroidery designs for home and commercial embroidery machine. At the end of 2011. she returned to work for Dr. Cathy Johnson-Delaney as veterinary assistant at the Avian & Exotic Animal Medical Center.

Holly Carter, D.V.M. 

Dr. Carter has worked for the last 11 years in small animal and exotic practices in the Puget Sound area, and in Essex England.. She obtained her veterinary degree at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, in 2000. While there, she was active in the Zoological Society, serving it as president during her 4th year. She conducted research on iguana husbandry and paramyxo virus in snakes. She also earned a coveted spot in the exotics elective course at the London Zoo, and Whipsnade Wild Animal Park.

Bethany DeVilbiss, DVM 

Dr. DeVilbiss is a 2010 graduate of Cornell University. Upon completion of veterinary school, she was the sole recipient of the Isidor I. Sprecker Wildlife Medicine Award in recognition of her strong interest in pursuing a career in zoo, wildlife, and exotic animal medicine. Dr. DeVilbiss' clinical experience includes time spent at the LA Zoo, San Diego Safari Park, Wildlife Center of Virginia, and Zoo New England. Dr. DeVilbiss was an invited speaker at National Wildlife Rehabilitators 27th Annual Symposium in 2009 and is published in Wildlife Rehabilitation Bulletin as well as the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. She also co-authored a poster presented at American Association of Zoo Veterinarians Conference in 2010. Dr. DeVilbiss is a member of the American Association of Reptile & Amphibian Veterinarians, American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, American Veterinary Medical Association, and Association of Avian Veterinarians.

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