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South Wilton Veterinary Group


South Wilton Veterinary Group and the Avian and Exotic Pet Referral Center is a six doctor practice owned by an ABVP board certified avian specialist. SWVG provides medical and surgical care for a wide range of species including cats, dogs, privately owned companion birds, as well as exotic pets including ferrets, lagomorphs, small rodents, and reptiles, and injured or sick wildlife. A one year internship and a 2 week externship is offered by the South Wilton Veterinary Group. This opportunity is intended to provide a broad experience in avian and exotic medicine and surgery. The student will work under the supervision of an experienced staff veterinarian. A typical day starts at 8 am and goes until approximately 6 or 7 pm.


Associate Veterinarians and special expertise available

  • Nicholas Sitinas, VMD, Diplomate ABVP Avian Practice; completed an internship in canine and feline medicine and surgery at the Animal Center in New York City and then continued on to complete a residency in avian and exotic pet medicine and surgery.
  • Stacy Robertson, DVM, completed an internship in canine and feline medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in NYC. Dr. Robertson has co-authored a chapter on white blood cell disease in the popular textbook Feline Internal Medicine.
  • Clare Fahy, DVM, completed externships at the Avicultural Breeding and Research Center (ABRC) in Loxahatchee, Florida, the exotics department of the Animal Medical Center in New York and at the Atlanta Humane Society in Georgia.
  • Barbara Mangold, DVM, completed a 3-year residency in zoo medicine at the Bronx Zoo, and then was part of the opening team at Disney's Animal Kingdom for 4 years.

Educational Resources

  • Journals numerous avian/exotic texts (too many to name)
  • VIN
  • Daily morning rounds on hospitalized patients
  • Daily radiology rounds
  • Weekly "lunch and learns"


Responsibilities of the student would include: seeing healthy and sick avian and exotic appointments, assisting and performing medical and surgical procedures of avian and exotic species, participating in daily hospital rounds, participating in weekly radiology rounds with staff veterinarians, managing the care/treatment of all sick or injured wildlife, writing up daily treatment protocols for each hospitalized patient, seeing after-hour avian emergencies on a rotating schedule, writing up and presenting case reports on a monthly basis.

Student Supervision

All day - potentially as much as 11 hrs per day and,will always have a vet working when a student extern is present. They'd also be free to "shadow" any avian emergencies that we see.



Practice Information

South Wilton Veterinary Group
51 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT 06897

Telephone: 203-762-2002
Fax: 203-834-9999


Signature on file: Nicolas Sitinas, VMD
Updated: 11/25/08

Wilton, CT
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