Our Veterinarians

WA Vets

Our doctors and staff have chosen to dedicate their careers to caring exclusively for birds and exotic animals. We always treat each and every animal with the same level of care and compassion as if it were our own pet.

The Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine in Bothell, WA, is founded in these basic philosophies:

1. Always treat each and every animal no different than if it was one's own pet.

2. Always show each person the respect and consideration that one would expect if roles were reversed.

3. Always strive to recommend and provide the best quality medicine available.

Our hospital goal is to offer the highest quality comprehensive medical and surgical care for all of our exotic patients.

We are members of The Association of Avian Veterinarians, The Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, and The Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians.

Anneliese Strunk, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian) (Medical Director)

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Dr. Anneliese Strunk joins us from Texas. She brings with her 13 years of practice experience focused solely on avian and exotic pets. Dr. Strunk was born and raised in Houston, Texas. In high school, she developed her interest in avian and exotic animals through a volunteer program at the Houston Zoo. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. She spent her first year out of school as an associate at Research Boulevard Pet and Bird Hospital seeing small animal and exotic cases. Seeking advanced knowledge in avian and exotic Animal medicine, Dr. Strunk went on to complete an internship in Exotic Animal, Wildlife and Zoo Medicine at the University of Georgia in 2002, followed by a three-year residency in the Companion Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine Service at the University of California at Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in 2005. After completing her residency, Dr. Strunk moved across the country to help start the Avian and Exotics Department at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, NJ. She saw primary care and referral avian and exotics cases as both an associate and department head until moving back home to Texas in August 2009. She spent 5 years in Austin at Research Boulevard Pet and Bird Hospital as an associate and Medical Director for Exotics. In 2010, she achieved board certification in Avian Practice through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP). Dr. Strunk is the author and co-author of a number of articles in both professional journals and national conference proceedings. She is on the board of directors for the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV). Dr. Strunk has a strong research background, covering a variety of topics including avian clinical pathology and reptile ophthalmology. She has presented her research and clinical case reports at national meetings of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) and the ARAV. She enjoys giving presentations to referring veterinarians, clients, schools, as well as area pet clubs. Dr. Strunk has a special interest in surgery, endoscopic techniques, small mammal dentistry, ophthalmology, and teaching. In her free time, Dr. Strunk enjoys making fused glass art and jewelry, silversmithing, and cloisonné. She shares her home with a variety of birds, reptiles, cats and a super cute dachshund cross (not to mention her dedicated, pet-loving husband, Shu).

Dr. Alicia McLaughlin, Associate Veterinarian

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Dr. McLaughlin received her DVM degree from Oklahoma State University. She completed a veterinary internship in exotic animal medicine at the Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine (CBEAM), and is now an associate veterinarian at this practice. Dr. McLaughlin has been involved in veterinary research and leadership throughout her career, and has authored/co-authored articles in both professional journals and national conference proceedings. She enjoys sharing her knowledge with local exotics groups, and is a regular speaker for the Pacific Science Center's annual "Get Set To Be A Vet" summer children's camp. Dr. McLaughlin has a special interest in animal behavioral modification using positive reinforcement training, and is passionate about providing low stress veterinary visits for all of her patients. She is currently working towards becoming a board certified specialist in avian medicine, and is a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. In her spare time, Dr. McLaughlin likes to relax with her veterinarian husband in the great outdoors and provide environmental enrichment for her pets. She currently shares her home with 2 dogs, 2 white bellied caiques, 1 blue throated macaw, 4 leopard geckos, 1 gargoyle gecko, 1 New Caledonian Giant Gecko, 2 ball pythons, 1 rainbow boa, and multiple freshwater fish.

Update! We are continually implementing new strategies to help minimize stress in patients seen at our hospital. We are excited to announce that Dr. McLaughlin has achieved certification in Fear Free Veterinary Medicine, and is spearheading the development of an Avian-focused Fear Free program. For more information, please visit fearfreepets.com.

Dr. Meera Music, Associate Veterinarian

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Dr. Meera Music, an undergraduate Husky alum, graduated from the University of Edinburgh Royal School of Veterinary Studies. While she enjoys working with animals of every kind, she is particularly passionate about exotics. She has concentrated her education on exotic animals, including independent research on owner-psittacine interactions and resultant behavior. To further pursue her interests, she has traveled to South Africa to work firsthand with a wide array of wildlife including elephants, and a number of different types of antelope. She has also had the opportunity to interact with a number of larger exotic cats.

Dr. Music’s first job in the veterinary field was here at CBEAM as a veterinary nurse. She is excited to come to work as an associate doctor in the place that gave her a start in the field she loves so much. She intends to complete a board certification in both reptile and small mammal medicine and enjoys the particular challenges and rewards that accompany these fields. Dr. Music is a member in good standing of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, American Veterinary Medical Association, the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians.

With years of both Western and Indian classical vocal training, Dr. Music is now learning how to play the guitar, and has plans to find local open mic nights to start performing in the near future. Her hobbies of reading, writing, quilting, and knitting are all constants in her life as well. Best of all, now that she is back in the States, Dr. Music can finally spend time with her wonderfully supportive husband, 3 cats, quaker parrot and 2 axolotls!

Dr. Lara Backus, Veterinary Intern

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Dr. Backus is from Sewickley, PA (about 20 minutes outside of Pittsburgh, PA). She went to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio for undergrad (Major in Biology, Minor in Music), and obtained her DVM degree from The Ohio State University in 2016. She has a special interest in pet exotic medicine and her goal is to complete a residency and become board certified in Avian and/or Exotic Pet Medicine. She spent extensive time during veterinary school at externships in wildlife centers and avian and exotic exclusive veterinary hospitals. She completed a rotating internship at Carolina Veterinary Specialists last year. She has an African Grey Parrot named Lawrence (that she raised from a baby), a corn snake named Bellatrix, two cats (Harley and Bo) and a Greyhound named Lily. Her favorite exotic pets include “any sort of lop eared rabbit, a sulfur crested cockatoo or a cockatiel.” Her hobbies include playing the piano, reading, playing video games, hiking, biking and drawing.

Dr. Sarah Stevens, Veterinary Intern

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Dr. Stevens is from Alliance, OH. She went to Hiram College for undergrad (Major in Biochemistry), and obtained her DVM degree from Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. She is interested in zoo medicine as well as exotics, and has a background in wildlife rehabilitation. She spent extensive time during veterinary school at externships in wildlife centers and zoos, including international programs in Thailand, Central America and South Africa. Her goal is to complete a residency and become board certified in Zoo Medicine. She completed a rotating internship at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital last year. She has two cats, named Abu and Moonlight and has just adopted a bunny named Aladdin. Her favorite exotic pet is a rabbit. She enjoys hiking, white-water rafting, reading and working on craft projects.

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