Scott Medlin, DVM
Dr. Medlin grew up in the Midwest, first earning his bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Iowa in 2003. He then earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at The University of Wisconsin in 2009. During his off-hours from his studies he spent his time volunteering for wildlife organizations such as the Macbride Raptor Project and the Four Lakes Wildlife Center. While in his clinical year of vet school, Dr. Medlin was fortunate to be able to spend several months gaining experience at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo, the Vancouver Aquarium, and the pathology department of the Milwaukee County zoo.
After graduation, Dr. Medlin followed his passion for exotic pets into a one-year internship in exotic animal medicine with Dr. Scott Stahl in the Washington D.C. area. Following his internship, Dr. Medlin chose to pursue additional advanced training in exotic animal medicine with Dr. Stahl and so completed an ABVP residency in Avian Medicine and Surgery. During this time, Dr. Medlin lectured for the Mid-Atlantic Association of Avian Veterinarians on various topics in exotic animal medicine, as well as for local exotic pet rescue groups, and 4-H groups.
After completing his residency, Dr. Medlin has continued to pursue exotic animal medicine at other clinics, most recently at the Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine in Seattle. Recently, however, he decided that it was time to settle down and open his own practice here in sunny Southwestern Florida with his wife, Claudia. He founded Medlin Exotic Animal Medical Services in February of 2014 with the goal of providing exotic animal pet owners with access to exceptional medicine when and where they need it. Dr. Medlin still enjoys helping out at local wildlife organizations, humane societies, and exotic pet rescue groups when time permits. He currently serves on the board of Bird Gardens of Naples
, a parrot rescue and sanctuary in Naples, Fl.
Dr. Medlin and his wife share their home with one dog, four cats, a uromastyx lizard, and a curly hair tarantula.
Elizabeth Arnett, DVM
Dr. Arnett grew up in California and attended UC Davis for her undergraduate degree in biological sciences with emphasis in neurobiology, physiology and behavior. While completing her undergraduate degree, she volunteered at the Sacramento Zoo and Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. In 2010, she obtained her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University. Some of her internships and rotations included Zoo Tampa, Florida Aquarium, and Stahl Exotic Animal Veterinary Services (plus many more). After her internships, Dr. Arnett worked for Buttonwood Park Zoo in Massachusetts. After spending a cold winter up North, Dr. Arnett moved to sunny Florida and began working at Naples Zoo.
She shares her home with her husband, son, daughter, two dogs and her leopard gecko.
Taylor, Veterinary Assistant
Taylor was born and raised here in Lee County. He has been involved in the exotic animal community for 20 years including work with alligator rescues as well as reptile and bird breeders. This experience, along with his 7 years as a pet store manager, has given him the opportunity to meet many amazing animals that inspire his passion for exotics.
He personally keeps tortoises, box turtles, king snakes, boas, tarantulas, and a rhino iguana. Taylor is also the dog dad of five – 2 jack russell terriers and 3 dachshunds.
Carla, Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant
Carla was born in Grecia, Costa Rica but was raised in South Florida. She graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in May 2019 with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is planning to pursue her Master’s degree in the near future and someday become a mental health counselor. She spent most of her teenage years traveling to Central and South America with her family. Throughout these years of traveling, she witnessed the beauty of the wildlife and has been an animal lover ever since.
She is currently a mom to three Manx cats and one Californian rabbit.
Casey was born and raised here in Lee County, Florida. Being an animal lover from birth, she has been working as a part of the animal community and veterinary world for nearly 10 years. She graduated from Santa Fe College in Gainesville with an A.S. in Zoo Animal Technology. While there, she also gained hands-on experience as a keeper at the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo.
She is now currently working on her B.A. in Environmental Studies at FGCU. Her ongoing passion for animals and wildlife conservation is something she takes great pride in. Casey is currently a fur mom to two amazing dogs named Stella and Luna who were both adopted from shelters here in Florida.
Victoria, Veterinary Assistant
Victoria was born and raised in Naples, Florida. Ever since she was young, her father has influenced her and instilled a passion for animals and the environment. She has volunteered at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Florida Wildlife Rehabilitators Association, as well as having completed externships in Panama focused on exotic animals and wildlife car, where she fell in love with the field of exotic animal/wildlife medicine.
Currently she attends Florida Gulf Coast University where she is pursuing a Bachelors of Science in the biological sciences. There she is involved in research of local wildlife, specifically the health parameters in wild populations of Florida Box Turtles alongside professor Jordan Donini of Florida Southwestern State College.
She currently shares her home with two dogs, a cat, a hedgehog, goldfish, as well as many species of turtles and a tortoise.