Getting Caught Up With Dr. K

The Broward Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital has been teeming with cute, wild and sometimes unusual creatures this season on Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER. Prepared to talk all things small and scaly, Dr. K herself logged onto Facebook to answer some viewer’s most need-to-know questions.

Q: What is the most interesting animal you have had to care for?

A: Reptiles are certainly quite varied, but fish are probably the most interesting because their anatomy and physiology are like no other!

Q: What’s the most difficult type of animal to treat?

A: Most difficult would be animals that are of the more “wild” side – exotic cats for example.  Fish are probably the most challenging for me to treat!  Their anatomy is SO different and references on their care and common diseases are hard to come by.

Q: What is it like to be on a show for Nat Geo Wild?

A: It was a really amazing experience. Sometimes stressful, sometimes funny.  The camera crew and director that camped out at the clinic were AMAZING.  They gave us space when we needed it and were sensitive to the owners and our staff.  They filmed from January – June nearly every day to get all the material needed to make up the 6 episodes. You got used to wearing a mic all the time and explaining things between appointments.

Q: What is your favorite animal?

A: I have to be honest….I sincerely love them all, but I am a sucker for bunnies!

Q: My husband and I have a 20 year old iguana who is sleeping a lot and not moving around as much, is this something to be worried about?

A: That would definitely concern me. It’s not uncommon for elderly iguanas to get kidney disease. This makes them sluggish and impotent.

Q: How hard is it to become a veterinarian or vet tech?

A: A Vet Tech requires a 2 year degree.  A Veterinarian requires 4 years college, 4 years vet school.

Q: Does your clinic offer veterinary technician internships for graduating students?

A: Yes. I recommend vet students come spend at least 2 weeks with us on an internship if they are interested in being considered.

Want to see more of Dr. K’s vet-tastic Q&A.  Head on over to Nat Geo WILD’s Facebook to read the rest of her conversation!  And don’t forget to watch Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER Saturdays at 10P.


  1. Sheryl.
    United States
    November 8, 2014, 6:42 pm

    I saw your show for the first time today. Dr. Ks exotic animal ER. I found it disturbing. Most these pets are sick from captivity. I dont understand why you would choose to capitalize off this. Exotic animals don’t belong with people. If you love these animals please join in helping to stop the trade of these animals!

  2. Bobby Young
    November 16, 2014, 3:23 pm

    Although exotic pets are controversial, people will be people and want what they do not need. In light of that fact, thank GOD for Dr. K. Another vet with a true calling and a great love for all things furry, scaley and feathered. At least there is a knowledgeable group of vets here that try to educate and keep these animals correctly cared for. Right or wrong the animal still needs a vet.