Dr. Jessica Magnotti grew up here in Northern Virginia. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a concentration in microbiology in 2013 from George Mason University. She then went on to Virginia tech and graduated from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.

After graduating, Dr. Magnotti completed the exotic animal internship here at SEAVS and is currently in her final year of a residency in avian medicine under the mentorship of Dr. Stahl. She plans to become board certified in avian practice once her residency is completed. Although she is specializing in Avian medicine, she continues to (and greatly enjoys!) working with all other exotic animal species. She is passionate about improving the lives of these unique animals and regularly attends (as well as lectures at) conferences and continuing education seminars.

Dr. Magnotti has trained at exotic animal specialty hospitals and institutions around the country. Her special interests include surgery, pathology and avian medicine. She has a passion for learning and has published research on various exotic animal species including rabbits, northern cardinals, gila monsters and beaded lizards.

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 Madagascar hissing cockroaches! These unique species have always inspired her, and she knew from a young age that she wanted to go into exotic animal medicine.

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 parrots, rabbits, snakes, frogs, her adorable boxer dog, Charlie, and her blue Argentine tegu, Gunter.