Texas A&M Veterinarian Certified by ABVP in Reptile and Amphibian Practice
Posted December 17, 2014
Dr. J. Jill Heatley
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – J. Jill Heatley, DVM, M.S., of the
Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical
Sciences (CVM) has been certified as a Diplomate by the American
Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) specializing in Reptile
and Amphibian Practice. Heatley is one of only three veterinarians
with this certification in Texas and one of only two veterinarians
with the combined certification of Avian, Zoological, and Reptilian
and Amphibian medicine in the country.
"Dr. Heatley is a fantastic asset to our patients of all
species. She has the expertise to help birds, reptiles, pocket
pets, and exotic and wild animals of all kinds,” said Dr. Sharon
Kerwin, interim head of the Department of Small Animal Clinical
Sciences at the CVM. “Dr. Heatley has an impressive track record in
research, a passion for teaching, and is a wonderful example of
someone who is a lifelong student of veterinary medicine,
constantly improving herself and her ability to care for the
animals that are presented to our hospital every day. She is a
wonderful role model for our students and we are very proud of her
Heatley mastered a rigorous and demanding application process
and certification examination in order to obtain Diplomate status.
To qualify to sit for the extensive two-day examination, a
veterinarian must complete either a residency program or six years
of clinical veterinary practice. In addition, two case reports,
references, descriptions of practice procedures, and professional
education records must be submitted and pass review. This year's
examination was given on October 29 and 30 in Nashville,
"I'm so pleased to be able to provide the best in diagnosis and
care to reptiles and amphibians right here at Texas A&M
University,” Heatley said. “This board certification has been a
long-term goal for me."
Heatley is a graduate of the CVM and Louisiana State
University. She has been a clinical associate professor at
Texas A&M since 2006.
The American Board of Veterinary Practitioners was established
in 1978. It is one of twenty-one veterinary specialty groups
accredited by a special committee of the American Board of
Veterinary Specialties, a division of the American Veterinary
Medical Association, to recognize excellence in clinical practice
through the certification of species-oriented specialists. Over 900
veterinarians worldwide are certified in one of ABVP’s eleven
practice categories: Avian, Beef Cattle, Canine and Feline, Dairy,
Equine, Exotic Companion Mammal, Feline, Food Animal, Reptile and
Amphibian, Shelter Medicine Practice, and Swine Health Management.
For more information about ABVP, please visit www.abvp.com.
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