Jose Biascoechea, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (Avian Practice)
Dr. Biascoechea graduated from Kansas State University and maintained a mobile veterinary practice for 7 years prior to founding Birds and Exotics Animal Care in July 2000.
He is staff veterinarian for The Center for Birds of Prey and provides consulting services for the South Carolina Aquarium. He attends continuing education seminars several times a year to keep up with the latest developments in avian and exotic medicine.
He was certified by the ABVP as a Diplomate in Avian Practice in November of 2011 and is currently the only board-certified avian veterinarian in the state. He is also a Category II USDA-APHIS accredited veterinarian. When not in the clinic he can often be found windsurfing or racing sailboats in the harbor.
Dr. Biascoechea in the news!
12/18/11 – Dr. Biascoechea is featured in the Post and Courier’s Pet News
10/20/11 – Dr. Biascoechea is interviewed by Live 5 News
10/01/10 – Dr. Biascoechea is featured in an article in Lowcountry Parent magazine
12/27/07 – Dr. Biascoechea removed injured flipper from sea turtle
7/18/07 – Dr. Biascoechea removed fishhook from another Kemp’s ridley turtle
7/06/07 – Dr. Biascoechea removed fishhook from Kemp’s ridley turtle
Katie Rainwater, MA, DVM
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 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 new baby 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 cats Dexter and Fireplace.
Dr. Rainwater in the news!
04/11 – Dr. Rainwater is the primary author of a paper published in the Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine
Kerry Bateman: Practice Manager
Kerry has been managing Birds and Exotics Animal Care since 2003. When she is not working to keep the clinic running smoothly and all of our clients and patients happy, she enjoys playing guitar, crafts, and being mommy to 3 formerly stray kitties: Toonces, Peek, and Essie.
Monique Leveille, LVT: Licensed Veterinary Technician
Monique was selected as South Carolina’s 2005 Tech of the Year, and as far as we are concerned she is Tech of the Year every year! She has been with Birds and Exotics Animal Care since the clinic’s inception in 2000. She has a BS in Biology and an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology, and she has years of experience in wildlife rehabilitation. She spends her free time enjoying the outdoors with her 2 rescued Huskies Baby and Jazmine, her Shorgie Kahlua, and her Chihuahua/Pug mix Eli.
Brandon Finch: Veterinary Technician
With nearly a decade of experience as a veterinary technician, Brandon joined us in January of 2013 and has become a valuable part of our team. He has a BS in Biology and his next goal is veterinary school, but we are happy to have him as long as he’ll stay. When he is not providing our patients and clients with top-notch care and service, he is spending time with his family and exploring the woods with his dog Hunter.
Lisa Avant, RN: Veterinary Technician
An avid reptile enthusiast, Lisa is also mother to Bella, the daintiest Mollucan cockatoo ever hatched. She has been with Birds and Exotics Animal Care since the clinic’s inception in 2000. Technically retired, Lisa is here the first Saturday of each month because she loves us THAT much! She also enjoys cooking, reading, and basking in the sunshine (much like her reptilian cohorts).
Megan Moran: Technician Assistant
Megan has an extensive background in human healthcare and joined our team in August of 2012, bringing technical knowledge and skills as well as a dedication to perfection. She provides care for our boarders and hospitalized patients, keeps our facility clean and organized, and assists our veterinary technicians with treatments and grooming. In her off hours, she enjoys music, movies, and spending time with her children.