Dr. Bennett received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 1994. While at WSU she was the recipient of the Association of Avian Veterinarians scholarship.
After graduation Dr. Bennett began exotic pet practice in Seattle with the late Robert Shelley DVM. She then founded the Bird and Exotic Clinic of Seattle in 1997 with her husband Dr. Lejnieks.
Dr. Bennett became a board certified avian specialist in 2000. She is a past president of the Pacific Northwest Association of Avian and Exotic Veterinarians and is a board member of the Cockatoo Rescue and Sanctuary. She has assisted the Cockatoo Rescue and Sanctuary, the Pacific Northwest Herpetological Society, Seattle Animal Shelter, PAWS Wildlife Center and many other animal rescue organizations.
Dr. Bennett has been a speaker at the International Conference on Exotics and at the annual Association of Avian Veterinarians conference. She has published her work on herbal treatment of feather picking in birds and on the holistic treatment of osteoarthritis in birds and has also contributed two chapters in the recently published British Small Animal Veterinary Association’s Manual of Exotic Pets 5th edition. Her chapters covered chelonian medicine and anuran medicine.
Most interesting of all, she and Dr. Lejnieks share their home with 7 parrots, 7 reptiles and 3 dogs.
Bennett TD, Lejnieks DV, Comparison of Hematologic and Biochemical Test Results in Blood Samples Obtained by Jugular Venipuncture Versus Nail Clip in Moluccan Cockatoos (Cacatua moluccensis). J Avian Med Surg. 2015 Dec; 29(4): 303-12
Bennett T, Levine B. Avian Dermatology.
Proc Assoc of Avian Vets. p 193-198. 2012.
Bennett T, The Chelonian Respiratory system.
Vet Clin Exot Anim 11:225–239. 2011.
Bennett, T. Tips for Selected Clinical Techniques in Anurans and Chelonians.
Exotic DVM. Volume 12.2 p 3-6. 2010.
Bennett T, Jessop M. Turtles and Tortoises. In: BSAVA Manual of Exotic Pets.
5th edition. Merdith A., Johnson-Delaney C. Eds. p 249-272. 2010.
Bennett T. Frogs and Toads. In: BSAVA Manual of Exotic Pets 5th edition.
Merdith A., Johnson-Delaney C. Eds. p 316-330. 2010.
Bennett T, Kelleher D. Holistic Treatment of Osteoarthritis in Psittacines.
Proc. Association of Avian Vets. p 49-52. 2008.
Bennett T, Kelleher D. Herbal Treatment of Feather Picking
Exotic DVM. Volume 4.2 p 29-30. July 2002.
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