Staff

Doctors:

Jose Biascoechea, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (Avian Practice)

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Jose Biascoechea, DVM, DABVP earned his BS and DVM from Kansas State University. He is board-certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Avian Practice. He founded Exotic Vet Care in 2000 and has been practicing exclusively exotic animal medicine and surgery since. He is the staff veterinarian for The Center for Birds of Prey and provides consulting and relief services for the South Carolina Aquarium and The Turtle Survival Center. He lectures frequently at local, state and national conferences.

Dr. Biascoechea in the news!

Katie Rainwater, MA, DVM

Dr RainwaterAfter a year-long small-animal internship with Georgia Veterinary Specialists, Dr. Rainwater joined our team in November of 2008. A graduate of the zoological track at UC Davis and a California native, she has a colorful history of globetrotting animal experience, including leading research groups studying black howler monkeys in Belize, working with ringtailed lemurs in Madagascar, and studying elephants in Namibia.  She is a Category II USDA-APHIS accredited veterinarian.  She attends continuing education seminars several times a year to keep up with the latest developments in avian and exotic medicine. She and her husband welcomed their son into the world in August 2013 and they couldn’t be more proud. When not in the clinic she enjoys stand-up paddleboarding and napping on the porch with her cat Fireplace.

Dr. Rainwater in the news!

The doctors and staff of Exotic Vet Care, 2016. What a great team!

Support Team:

Kerry Bateman: Practice Manager

Kerry has been managing Exotic Vet Care since 2003. When she is not working to keep the clinic running smoothly and all of our clients and patients happy, she enjoys singing, playing guitar poorly, crafts, and being mommy to Essie the formerly stray kitty.

Brittny Gallo: Client Services Coordinator

A lover of all animals, Brittny came to us with many years of experience in veterinary reception and customer service. Wanting to spread her wings, she left the world of dog and cat medicine to join our exotic team. When she is not providing top-notch client service, she loves to spend time with friends, family, and her two dogs, Rufus and Beverly, hiking, cooking, and doing arts and crafts.

Destiny Clayton: Client Services Representative

Destiny honed her reception skills at the Emergency Veterinary Clinic, and brings her warm smile and pleasant demeanor to our front desk, making clients and patients feel at home. When she’s not working, she enjoys playing video games with her fiance and practicing cosmetology.

Dr. Michelle Kneeland: Veterinary Technician

Dr. Kneeland is a veterinarian who has spent the last several years in wildlife research and rehabilitation. She joined us in 2018 as a most highly skilled veterinary technician to reacquaint herself with the ins and outs of private practice, and we aim to bring her on as an associate veterinarian when she feels ready. When she’s not providing the best care anywhere, she enjoys relaxing with her husband, horseback riding, and birding.

Jo Vivaldi: Veterinary Technician

With 15 years of veterinary technician experience, Jo brings a wealth of practical knowledge and experience to our clinic, along with an energetic, friendly, and unflappably positive attitude. She is a whiz in surgery and is quickly learning the invaluable skill of reading the doctors’ minds. Her 2 sons are her pride and joy, with 1 in college and 1 in the US Navy, and her spare time is devoted to her husband, their 3 dogs, 4 cats, and 1 tortoise.

Miranda Mann: Veterinary Technician

Theater major and aspiring actress Miranda helps keep the drama to a minimum when it comes to our patients. After 3 years at a dog and cat clinic, she wanted to learn new skills in the world of exotic veterinary care. She delights our clients with her enthusiasm and helpful demeanor, and our patients with her gentle touch. In her free time, she enjoys yoga and playing with her 2 rats and 2 cats (separately, of course).

Melissa Kandle: Boarding Technician

Melissa loves nothing more than creating the ideal habitat for healthy, happy animals. With nearly a decade of experience catering to the specialized needs of various birds, reptiles, and amphibians in professional exhibits, she has a deep understanding of our boarders’ unique ways. She has been trusted by our clients since 2017 to provide a pampering home-away-from-home experience for their loved ones. When she gets the time, she loves to travel to see family, and here at home she has 2 silly kitties that keep her hopping.