The Vets

Dr. Dan Johnson

Dr. Johnson earned his BS in Biology from North Carolina State University in 1988, and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from NCSU-College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. He worked in small animal and emergency medicine for 4 years before starting North Carolina's first all-exotics practice. Dr. Johnson serves as an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at NCSU-CVM. He is Board Certified in Exotic Companion Mammal Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) and is past president of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV). Dr. Johnson publishes and lectures nationally about avian and exotic animal medicine. His areas of special interest include surgery, orthopedics, zoological medicine, and exotic animal dentistry.

Dr. Christine Eckermann-Ross

Dr. Christine Eckermann-Ross joined Avian and Exotic Animal Care after graduating from North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Eckermann-Ross earned a BS in Biochemistry and worked as a research specialist in Radiation Oncology at UNC/CH. Dr. Eckermann-Ross serves as an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at NCSU-CVM, and has lectured at professional conferences on avian and exotic animal medicine and acupuncture. She is a certified veterinary acupuncturist and herbalist. She has special interests in avian medicine, acupuncture, herbal medicine, surgery, and oncology.

Dr. Ashley Emanuele

Dr. Emanuele earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. She received her B.S. in Marine Biology from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, and has conducted research with octopuses, cuttlefish, and sea turtles. Dr. Emanuele became North Carolina’s first Certified Aquatic Veterinarian in 2018, a distinction awarded by the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Emanuele’s special interests include ophthalmology, nutrition, aquatic animal health, geriatrics, and pediatrics.

Dr. Victoria Bender

Dr. Victoria Bender earned a BS in Biology from Duke University in 2011, followed by a DVM from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. During veterinary school, she spent time learning at various zoological institutions and conducted research on the immune systems of elephants and manatees. Dr. Bender’s special interests include avian medicine, dentistry, surgery, and behavior.