Adrienne Kruzer is a Registered Veterinary Technician who has worked on opossums, skunks, ferrets, hedgehogs, chinchillas, reptiles, amphibians, birds including duck, geese, swans, and turkeys, coati, foxes, sugar gliders, flying squirrels, degus, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, mice, rats, gerbils, pot bellied pigs, and more.
She is a member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) as well as an "Elephant Advocate" for the award-winning documentary "The Elephant in the Living Room," and regularly attends continuing education conferences around the country.
Adrienne works at a 10 doctor modern animal clinic where she works side by side with a well-known exotics and traditional species veterinarian and performs a number of duties on several species of animals. She educates clients, performs lab work, phlebotomy, anesthesia, radiography, dentals and many other technician duties on an assortment of species. She also works with Zoetis educating other area animal clinics on how to use an anesthetic drug called DexDomitor. She has worked at a handful of small animal clinics where she also worked with exotic pets, as well as completed an internship where she was trained to handle and treat birds of prey. Much of her pocket pet knowledge was also acquired during her several years in management at a local pet store.
Adrienne volunteers at a raptor center where she assists in medicating, feeding, and cleaning the injured and educational birds. She currently lives with a Doberman Pinscher, two Pomeranians, a frill-necked lizard, three rescued leopard geckos and two rescued Bengal cats, along with her husband who is also an avid exotic pet lover.
She has contributed tips and photos to the Veterinary Technician magazine, wrote an article on Psittacine Self Mutilation that was published in the 2009 winter issue of the NAVTA Journal and is currently waiting for an article of hers called Reptiles in the Veterinary Office to be published in the Finnish Herpetological Society's journal. She is also currently working towards her Exotic Companion Animal specialization through the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice (AVTCP).
She earned her Associate of Arts with a concentration in Psychology and her Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from Cuyahoga Community College in 2007.
She passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam to be awarded her medical license as a Registered Veterinary Technician in the state of Ohio and completes continuing education courses to stay current on medical advancements.
By Adrienne Kruzer, RVT:
Thank you for visiting the Exotic Pets site. With so many different kinds of animals as pets, it can be difficult to find a reliable source to answer your exotic pet questions. I strive to be that reliable source while teaching you some things you never knew! Enjoy!