Staff

Doctors:

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

Dr Biascoechea
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.

Katie Rainwater, MA, DVM

Dr Rainwater

After 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.

Michelle Kneeland, DVM

Dr Kneeland

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 is now our intern veterinarian. When she’s not providing the best care anywhere, she enjoys relaxing with her husband, horseback riding, and birding.

The staff of Exotic Vet Care 2018 – 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.
 

Claudia Gros: Client Services Coordinator

Claudia brings years of customer service experience to our front desk, making clients and patients feel at home with her warm personality and friendly demeanor. When she’s not working here, she provides foster support for the Charleston Animal Society, raising litters of kittens until they are ready to adopt out. She also enjoys playing board and video games with her husband and friends, and wrangling their 3 cats, 2 dogs, and ball python Monty.
 

Kassie Taylor: Client Services Representative

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Maura Hagarty: Client Services Representative

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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.
 

Sadie Thorp: Veterinary Technician

Having worked as a veterinary technician for many years as well as donating her time to wildlife rehabilitation and neonate care, Sadie brings great passion and enthusiasm to our practice. She delights our clients with her enthusiasm and helpful demeanor, and our patients with her gentle touch. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, crochet, and hiking. Her 2 dogs, parakeet, and conure keep her and her boyfriend hopping!
 

Carly Hoover: Veterinary Technician

Carly is a skilled baker in addition to being an experienced veterinary technician, and her personality is as sweet as her treats. Her calming presence and focus helps keep things moving along efficiently, and her organized approach keeps things on track. She is a huge hockey fan, attending games with her boyfriend and family here and back home as often as possible.
 

Anna Barrett: Veterinary Technician

Our resident artist Anna brings her curious mind and creative touch to everything she does. Her positive attitude and willingness to jump in headfirst and learn new skills makes her a pivotal member of our team, and her open, friendly nature makes clients and patients feel at ease. Her spare time is spent reading and relaxing with her boyfriend and her 2 rats and cat (separately, of course!).
 

Trish Sikes: Boarding Technician

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