Dr. Teresa Lightfoot received her DVM from the University of Missouri. She completed an externship at the St. Louis Zoo, and has been practicing in Florida since 1980. Dr. Lightfoot is ABVP – Avian boarded and a past-president of ABVP. She has served as staff veterinarian for the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary from 1987 to the present. Dr. Lightfoot served on the Florida Board of Veterinary Medicine from 1995 to 1999 and served as Chair from 1997-1999. She has authored over 100 articles on avian and exotic species and is author and editor of Clinical Avian Medicine (2006, Spix Publishing) and Exotic Pet Behavior (2006, Elsevier Publishing) as well as reviewer for the Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine. She lectures frequently on avian and exotic medicine and surgery both nationally and internationally. Dr. Lightfoot is the recipient of several awards, including the Association of Avian Veterinarians Gold Star Award in 1998, the Florida Veterinarian of the Year award for 2000, the 2001 Exotic Veterinarian of the Year awarded to her by the International Conference on Exotics, and the Dr. Ted Lafeber Avian Practitioner of the Year Award for 2002 and the Walter M. Wolf Veterinary Community Service Award for 2009. Dr. Lightfoot has a special interest in avian systemic mycoses and avian neoplasia. Other areas of interest and clinical research include the diagnosis, medical, and surgical treatment of ferret endocrine diseases, treatment of Pasteurellosis in rabbits, and diagnosis and treatment of renal disease in iguanas. Since 2011, Dr. Lightfoot has served as Director of BluePearl Science, the clinical trial division of BluePearl Veterinary Partners.