Scott Medlin, DVMDr. 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 fiancé, 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 is currently one of the primary consultants for exotic pets for the Dane County Humane Society.
Dr. Medlin and his wife share their home with one dog, two cats, a uromastyx lizard, a curly hair tarantula, and a bunny.
Elizabeth Arnett, DVMDr. 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, two dogs and her leopard gecko.
Cortnee, Veterinary TechnicianCortnee moved to Florida, from Colorado, in 2004 with her family. She attended South Fort Myers High School at participated in the Veterinary Assisting program. She began interning at a local cat and dog clinic, soon after she was hired as a kennel technician and worked her way up to become a veterinary technician. Working with exotics was always Cortnee’s true passion. Given the opportunity to work with such unique animals, Cortnee is excited to call MEAMS home.
Cortnee currently has one four-legged love, Philip James. She anticipates adding some exotics to her small family, in the near future.
Taylor, Veterinary AssistantTaylor was born and raised here in Lee County. He has been involved in the exotic animal community for 20 years. In his previous employment as pet store manager for 7 years and his work with alligator rescues and reptile and bird breeders, Taylor has had 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 iguanas. Taylor is also the dog dad of five – 2 jack russell terriers and 3 dachshunds.
Carla, Receptionist/Veterinary AssistantCarla 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.