Dr. Jessica Magnotti is a Northern Virginia native. She attended George Mason University for undergrad, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a concentration in microbiology in 2013. Throughout undergrad and for several years following, she worked as a veterinary technician at a small animal hospital. Dr. Magnotti graduated from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020.
Dr. Magnotti has worked at exotic animal specialty hospitals and institutions around the country gaining additional training in wildlife, zoological species and exotic companion animal medicine. She has a passion for learning and has worked on multiple research projects throughout undergrad and veterinary school. During undergrad, she investigated the impact of anthropogenic, or man-made, noise and the effects on avian communication in Northern Cardinals. Her results were published in the peer-reviewed journal, Animal Behaviour. She is currently working on a research project examining diseases in Gila Monsters and Beaded lizards. She plans to pursue board certification in avian practice.
Since she was a child, Dr. Magnotti has had a special appreciation for the more unusual creatures. She grew up with an assortment of birds, reptiles, small mammals and even some invertebrates! These unique species have always inspired her, and she knew from a young age that she wanted to go into exotic animal medicine. While she loves working with all creatures, she especially enjoys working with birds (everything from poultry to parrots!) and bunnies.
In her free time, Dr. Magnotti enjoys playing multiple instruments, exploring nature, painting, and birdwatching. She loves spending time with her partner, Chris, and their menagerie of animals which includes 4 parrots, 2 bunnies, a bearded dragon and their goofy, adorable boxer dog, Sir Charles. She is passionate about providing an enriched environment for her pets, especially the parrots who require a good amount of mental stimulation and attention. She spends much of her free time creating foraging toys and learning new ways to enhance the lives of her own pets, as well as the many unique species she cares for as an exotic animal veterinarian.