About Wellesley Exotic Pet Vets

Wellesley Exotic Pet Vets of Richmond, Virginia is a specialty offering within Wellesley Animal Hospital. Wellesley Animal Hospital added an exotic pet veterinary care focus in 2018. Veterinary services and animal hospital is located in the Short Pump area, near Henrico and Glen Allen.

Caring for exotic animals has always been a passion of co-owner, Dr. Kelly Gottschalk and with the addition of Dr. Lucy Haile in 2018, more experience and resources are available for your special pets.

We provide medical, surgical, preventative and dental care to a variety of avian species, reptiles, small mammals (pocket pets), and backyard poultry.

Contact us or call 804-364-7030 to visit about your special pet at any time.

Our Exotic Pet Veterinarians

Wellesley Animal Hospital has a dedicated staff and provides services to all pets, exotic and domestic. Learn more about our staff and facility at www.wellesleyah.com.

Dr. Lucy Haile

ou will be reassured that you have brought your exotic or avian pet to a caring and loving veterinarian when you meet Dr. Lucy Haile. With her King’s English accent, she will provide calming and attentive care for your animal, while thoroughly explaining your post-visit responsibilities.

Dr. Lucy is a graduate of the Royal Veterinary College in London where she focused a lot of her time on exotics, wildlife and zoo medicine. This included externships at multiple zoos and wildlife centers across England including London Zoo, Whipsnade Zoo and Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital. She continues her love of exotics here in America and after spending a year treating solely exotic animals at Pender Exotics is now excited to expand the care we can offer exotic animals here at Wellesley. She is focused on providing veterinary care for lizards, snakes, birds, chickens, ducks, hamsters, guinea pigs, chinchillas, rabbits, ferrets and many more animals. Dr. Lucy also likes to encourage wellness examinations for your furry, feathered or scaly friends to allow her to get to know you and your pet before it is injured or sick. Dr. Lucy continues to be passionate about helping native wildlife also and spends her spare time volunteering at the Wildlife Center of Virginia.

Dr. Lucy Haile of Wellesley Exotic Pet Vet Clinic Richmond

Dr. Kelly Gottschalk

Vast experience with many species of animals, teamed up with a caring and practical mindset are the features that your exotic pet will receive with Dr. Kelly Gottshalk. You and your pet will value the atmosphere that Dr. Kelly has created for the exotic pets who visit our Richmond, Virginia animal hospital.

Dr. Kelly Gottschalk became captivated by all types of animals at an early age, but was especially interested in wildlife and conservation.  She volunteered as a docent at several Texas zoos before attending veterinary College at Texas A&M University.

Dr. Kelly served as the veterinarian for the Metro Richmond Zoo for many years before opening Wellesley Animal Hospital in 2001 with her husband, Dr. Mark Gottschalk.  Her love of exotic animals continues in her practice seeing exotic birds, reptiles and small mammals.

Dr. Kelly Gottschalk holds a chinchilla

Dr. Allison Robbins

With a strong background and history of raising poultry as a young girl, and rehabilitating birds of prey at the Gabbort Raptor Center while attending vet school at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Alli Robbins (maiden name Dr. Schnurrer) provides your avian pet and exotic pet with experienced and loving care.

In addition to her lifelong experience with a variety of birds, Dr. Alli also has experience providing emergency and critical care to small mammals, dogs, cats, birds and reptiles

Our veterinary services in Richmond, Virginia  are enhanced with Dr. Alli’s veterinary practice passions, which include internal medicine, pediatrics, pain management, avian medicine, dentistry and behavior.

Dr. Allison Robbins is an exotic pet vet in Richmond VA

Dr. Kirsten Keller-Biehl

“Dr. Kirsten Keller-Biehl, or “Dr. KB”, grew up in Hudson Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. She worked in the equestrian industry most of her childhood, which lead her to pursue a degree in Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University. From there, she continued her education as a member of the class of 2016 at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. During her veterinary education, she pursued extra opportunities enhance her skills with avian and exotic animals both in the USA and abroad. She worked for 2 years at a integrative small animal and exotic practice in southwest Ohio, where her passion for providing excellent quality care for all creatures great and small grew. Some of her additional professional interests include surgery, dentistry, holistic/integrative medicine, and cytology.

Dr. KB resides in Richmond with her husband Lucas, who is a human doctor. Together they enjoy traveling/exploring new places, outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking, and spending time with their 2 rescue Labrador retrievers, Gabby and Sam.”


Dr. Ernesto Dominguez – Veterinarian

Dr. Ernesto Dominguez grew up in Mexico City. Dr. Ernesto studied medicine for two years, but left to pursue his real passion: veterinary medicine. He graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) School of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. After getting his degree, he completed multiple postgraduate training programs in wildlife centers and zoos around the world, including the Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic, Arcas Wildlife Center in Guatemala, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, African Safari Zoo in Mexico, The Wildlife Center of Virginia, and the Johannesburg Zoo in South Africa. In 2016 he completed an internship in Raptor Medicine and Surgery at the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota. From 2016-2020 he was the Hospital Director at The Wildlife Center of Virginia. Dr. Ernesto has more than 10 scientific publications and book chapters in his curriculum. He is passionate about exotic pets’ welfare and strives for the gold standard of their care. He is Board Certified by the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.
Dr. Ernesto and his wife, who is a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT), love traveling and spending time with their two dogs and three cats.

Dr. Dominguez was recently recognized by the Humane Society of the United States for his work combating animal cruelty.