About Griffin Exotics – Our Mission and Team
Providing Cutting Edge Care for Birds, Small Mammals, Reptiles/Amphibians and other Exotic Pets
Griffin Exotics is a small veterinary hospital located in Kannapolis, near Charlotte, North Carolina. Founded in 2004 by Dr. Chris Griffin, we are pleased to be Cabarrus County’s first full-time bird, reptile/amphibian, and exotic mammal veterinary clinic.
We are focused on and dedicated to the care of Small Mammals or ”Pocket Pets” (Ferrets, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Rats, Hedgehogs, etc.), Reptiles (Non-Venomous Snakes, Lizards, Turtles/Tortoises), Birds (all parrots, canaries, finches, and others), Amphibians (frogs, salamanders), and Fish (koi and goldfish).
Dr. Chris Griffin – Noted Speaker on Exotic Pet Medicine
Dr. Griffin is a noted speaker on exotic pet medicine at veterinary conferences throughout the world. He has been a presenter at the Association of Avian Veterinarians Annual Conference, the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Annual Conference, the European Association of Avian Veterinarians Conference, and the First International Conference of Reptile Medicine and Surgery. He is a Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners Certified in Avian Practice. Dr. Griffin is the co-author of a chapter in the Gastroenterology issue of Veterinary Clinics of North America: Exotic Pet Practice.
Dr. Griffin is also active in a variety of veterinary associations focused on exotic pet medicine. He is past President of both the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV) and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV), as well as an active member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV).
You can trust Griffin Exotics to provide the best for your exotic pets. Our goal is to treat all of our clients and their pets with the utmost care and respect.
Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners
Certified in Avian Practice
Dr. Chris Griffin grew up in Augusta, Georgia, and has been interested in curious creatures for his entire life. Much to his parent’s dismay, he kept a variety of reptiles and amphibians in the house growing up, a passion encouraged by his grandfather (although not encouraged by most of his aunts and uncles).
After high school, Dr. Griffin attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning a degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry in 1991. He attended veterinary school at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1995. After three months in St. Martin during which he survived a grade 4 hurricane, he returned to the states to pursue his interest in birds, reptiles and other exotic pets. After spending time visiting some of the most prominent veterinary facilities that focus on avian and exotic pet medicine (Kaytee Externship program, Chilton, Wisconsin,1996; Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, Boston, Massachussettes, 1996; and The Animal Medical Center (AMC) in New York City, New York, 1995), Dr. Griffin took a job in Chicago.
Dr. Griffin discovered that it is just too cold up there, and found a position in Largo, Florida, working with two ABVP – Avian boarded veterinarians, Dr. Teresa Lightfoot and Dr. Lucy Bartlett, at the Avian and Animal Hospital of Bardmoor. Within 3 months, his position was certified as a Residency for ABVP (American Board of Veterinary Practitioners) avian practice specialty training, and he completed this Residency in 1999. He also coordinated the student extern program for the hospital during that time, hosting students from many veterinary schools, including Iowa State, Auburn, Mississippi State, Tufts and Texas A&M.
After leaving Florida in 2001, he joined South Ridge Veterinary Hospital in Kannapolis, NC, looking to expand the current avian and exotic medicine service. He passed his specialty boards in 2002, and is now one of approximately 115 veterinarians in the world with this distinction. After more than 2 and 1/2 years at South Ridge Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Griffin decided to open an exclusively avian and exotic pet hospital, catering to the needs of pet birds, reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals (including rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, rodents and small marsupials). He is thrilled with the promise the future holds, and is excited about continuing his education and building his skills as a veterinarian for ”non-traditional” pets.
In the past several years, Dr. Griffin has been a presenter at the Association of Avian Veterinarians Annual Conference (1999, 2004 and 2005), the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Annual Conference (1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009), the European Association of Avian Veterinarians Conference (2003), and the First International Conference of Reptile Medicine and Surgery (in Munich, Germany March 2010). He is the co-author of a chapter in the Gastroenterology issue of Veterinary Clinics of North America: Exotic Pet Practice. He was honored to co-author that chapter with his Dad, Joseph W. Griffin, Jr., MD. He is the guest editor of the issue of Veterinary Clinics of North America:Exotic Pet Practice – Topic: Common Procedures.
Dr. Griffin was the conference chair for the 2009 ARAV annual conference in Milwaukee (held in August of 2009). He is also the 2009-2010 President of the ARAV after serving as Treasurer, Secretary, and President Elect over the past 3 years.
Dr. Griffin and his wife Stephania currently share their home with their daughter Aralyn (Born January 23, 2010), 2 leopard geckos, Fred and Wilma, one (sometimes ”Dill”) Pickle (a male Eclectus Parrot), two African violets that somehow continue to survive, and things that go bump in the night. In his ”free” time, he enjoys music [acappella, especially Rockapella (http://www.rockapella.com)], being active within the local UNC Alumni Club, playing and watching a variety of sports, traveling, reading, playing on his computer, cooking and spending time with his family and friends.
Dr. Edgerton grew up in eastern North Carolina in the town of New Bern. She has wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as she can remember and began her dream as a volunteer at a local vet hospital. With her family’s support she completed her undergraduate degree at North Carolina State University and was well on her way to vet school.
While attending NC State’s veterinary school, she became heavily involved with the Wild Turtle Rescue Team which helped develop her interest and passion for exotic pet medicine. As a senior veterinary student, Dr Edgerton spent several weeks at Griffin Exotics during an externship rotation and enjoyed her experience so much that she joined the GAEVH team in June 2007. She became a full time associate in January 2010 and enjoys working at such a diverse practice.
Dr. Edgerton shares her home with Sprinkles, her cat, Jasper, her Red-Footed Tortoise, and her two bearded dragons, Sydney and Stitch.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Meredith is originally from Ithaca, NY. She moved to Wilmington, NC in 2001 then to Kannapolis, NC in 2003. She grew up with a lot of large and small animals. In 1994 she received an A.A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology from State University of NY at Delhi. In 1997 she received a B.S. degree in Animal Science from Cornell University. In 2012 she received a B.S. degree in Business Management from UNC – Charlotte. She has worked for many years as a Registered Vet. Tech in NY and NC.
She shares her home with 2 rabbits: Duncan and Bianca, 6 dogs: Makayla, Mercedes, Madison, Dakota, Declan, and Riddick, and 6 cats: Cognac, Lambrusco, Molson, Malibu, Midori and Patron. In her spare time she enjoys photography, petsitting, volunteering at a local animal rescue organization and spending time with friends.
Client Relations, Wildlife Care Coordinator
Susan grew up in Mint Hill, NC. In 1999, she trained with Animal Rehabilitators of the Carolinas then earned her NC Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit and Federal Migratory Bird Permit. Susan has worked with fawn to newborn chipmunks, her favorite wildlife are turtles, frogs, and cottontail rabbits. She is a member of the Tortoise Reserve & Sanctuary since 2010.
Her exotic family members include turtles, lizards, frogs, fish, and a guinea pig.
The employee known as Jen likes puppies, kittens, snakes, lizards, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs and generally anything that eats and poops. She is between 25 and 55 years old, relishes opportunities to positively impact nature and wildlife, and may or may not be from another place (city, state, country or planet).
We are happy to have her as part of our team, and hope that the hyper drive in her vehicle is repaired soon.
Emily is a native of Schwenksville, PA. She graduated from Gaston College Veterinary Tech Program in 2015. Emily plans to train for wildlife rehab.
She enjoys helping the variety of exotic animals that we treat at our practice. Emily shares her home with a bearded dragon, mouse, rat, pair of sugar gliders, guinea pigs, cat, and two dogs. She keeps herself busy after work with pet-sitting too. Emily has worked at vaccine clinics. She has won awards for computer 3-D modeling.
Jordan was raised in Kannapolis, NC. She is currently an Associate of Science student with special interest in genetics, research, and behavior of animals.
Jordan loves drawing animals and gaming. She owns twelve Western Hognose snakes and plans to be a breeder. Jordan also has a pitbull and a cat. In high school, she was in FFA and Secretary in 2012. Jordan showed beef cattle, Meat Judging, and Horse Judging. She was 4th in state for Forestry.