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Dr. Sari Kanfer, originally from New York City, was able to escape the big city and attend veterinary school at Colorado State University. Shortly before vet school she became hooked on rabbits and later followed her addiction to the west coast. After 10 years of building a great clientele in the exotic pet community, she opened the Exotic Animal Care Center as a full service hospital dedicated to high quality, compassionate veterinary care for avian and exotic pets. Dr. Kanfer believes that no matter how small or unusual your pet is, it deserves the best veterinary medicine has available.

Dr. Kanfer is our resident small mammal guru and sees primarily rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas. She has a special bond with the rabbits and is well-known for her extensive medical knowledge in treating them. Dr. Kanfer is also well versed in treating dental issues with rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas. Dr. Kanfer has been featured on NBC Los Angeles.com discussing rabbit ownership and was also featured on ABC LA News discussing Santee Alley bunnies. She has written articles in numerous publications discussing exotics. Dr. Kanfer not only “talks the talk” but “walks the walk” with the 11 rescued bunnies with chronic health issues that live with her.

Dr. Kanfer’s special interests involve cutting edge veterinary care for mammals, and she provides advanced therapeutics, ranging from extensive dental abscess surgeries, rhinotomies, blood transfusions, and feeding tubes, to abdominal surgeries, and cancer treatment. She also advises owners on mammal behavior and trains them to care for their geriatric and paretic pets.


 Dr. Sarah Wills joined our staff as a full-time associate.  Dr. Wills is an East Coast transplant from Virginia who  completed her undergraduate degree at Radford  University and then continued to Texas A and M where  she attained her  masters in Veterinary Anatomy and  Neurology.  Afterwards, she attended Ross University  and earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. After  graduation she moved to Belize and spent a year there  working with the local wildlife. Dr. Sarah was accepted into a prestigious AVMA accredited internship for Avian and Exotics and it was there she honed her understanding and treatment skills for the diverse species seen at EACC. Once her internship was completed, Dr. Wills worked in her native state for a year before deciding she needed year-round warm weather, wanted to treat exotics exclusively and moved across the country to join us! Her southern accent is still intact.


Dr. Curtis Eng, one of our part time doctors, spent a large part  of his  career in zoo medicine before trading his “walk on the wild  side” for a  calmer stroll at EACC. Dr. Eng has a special interest in reptiles and is the  parent of eight (Yes,  8!) snakes. He also  has an affinity for our feathered  friends but  is more than capable  of treating our furry patients as well.  When not practicing at  EACC, Dr. Eng puts on his professor hat and  shares his knowledge with students enrolled in the  Veterinary School  at Western University. He was also instrumental in helping EACC become  the first exotics preceptor site for these veterinary students. Dr.Eng is known around the clinic and to his clients as EACC’s “Zen Doc”  because of his extremely calming presence, which is helpful in a clinic full of women.


 Sometimes great things come when you least expect them. EACC  was thinking about adding another veterinarian to our staff after the f  first of the year but when Dr. Kanfer received an outstanding resume  from Dr. Laurence Labrecque we knew immediately we had to hire  her.

 Dr. Laurence graduated from the University of Montreal where she  learned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and this Canadian comes  to us with a lot of experience in exotic medicine. She gained    familiarity with birds of prey working at a rehabilitation center during  vet school. She did externships at numerous zoos throughout the  world including The Johannesburg Zoo in South Africa, The  Assiniboine Zoo in Manitoba  and our own Santa Barbara Zoo. Her  wildlife experience came from volunteering at a wildlife rehab center  in Belize. Dr. Laurence continued to expand her experience when  she participated in a spay and neuter clinic in Northern Canada’s  First National Villages. This clinic was designed to help counteract a  pet overpopulation problem within Canada's Native American population.Dr. Laurence cut her teeth in the “real world” when she worked for an exotic and companion animal practice. She also developed an exotics’ protocol and trained the staff members in exotic animal medicine for an animal shelter in the Montreal area

Dr Laurence treats all exotic species seen at EACC but has a soft spot for the smaller parrots. Because of this love for the little guys, she earned the nickname “the budgie vet.” She also has a big interest in small mammal dentistry. Dr. Laurence strongly believes client education is one of the most important aspects of the veterinary profession especially for our exotic companions. In addition, she is a big proponent of preventative medicine for all species.

Dr. Laurence is already enjoying SoCal's weather. She loves all water sports, including kite-surfing, windsurfing and scuba diving in water that gets above 50 degrees during the summers. She is also contemplating buying another motorcycle now that she can ride year -round.

EACC is pleased to have Dr. Laurence as the newest member of our team. We are confident she is going to be a tremendous asset to Exotic Animal Care Center, our clients, and most importantly our patients. Dr Laurence is now accepting appointments on Mondays, Wednesdays. Thursdays and Fridays.


EACC’s support staff is exceptional. All of our nurses are accomplished and well versed in the exotics world and share a passion for pets who are just a little bit different. Our technicians and assistants at Exotic Animal Care Center have an unbelievable technical skill set needed for the care of our patients and the knowledge they possess of the many different species we see is unsurpassed.  Most importantly, they also care. 

Our receptionists have amazing skills as well and juggle the schedules for 5 doctors flawlessly and effortlessly. They also keep the process for making appointments and surgeries uncomplicated and will go out of their way to accommodate clients’ as often as they can. Our receptionists’ knowledge of the species seen at Exotic Animal Care Center is superb as well and they are usually able to answer many of the questions our clients may have regarding their furry (or scaly, feathered or prickly) family members.

Support Staff Bios and Pictures Coming Soon!