Nestor is a former Volusia County Sheriff's Department police dog. He was retired from the force after being diagnosed with septic arthritis in his elbow.
During the time Nestor was undergoing treatment at the University of Florida's Small Animal Hospital; Pia had built a personal friendship with the police officer who was Nestor's handler. Given his condition, Nestor had to be retired. Because Pia's ability to continue Nestor's treatments and see to it he got exceptional care and love with us. We were lucky and blessed enough to adopt Nestor.
Nestor is now living out his retirement on 5 beautiful acres in the Melrose countryside and is the head of security of our T&A family.
Pia has always been fascinated with all species of animals and knew she wanted to have a career doing what she loved.
She graduated as a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2008 and worked with Wildlife Rehabilitation while school in Colorado. Once Pia graduated she worked in Emergency and Critical Care until she had the opportunity to have an internship at White Oak Conservation Center, a zoological conservation center in Florida. This led her to work at the University of Florida Zoological Medicine Service, as well as many Zoos all over Florida.
Pia has assisted in many conservation and research projects which included working with telemetry study the endangered Hawaiian duck, Koloa Maoli. She anesthetized ducks in the field for surgical telemetry implants. Also working with veterinarians on research projects in reptilian anesthesia. As well as, training veterinarian on drawing blood for DNA and hematological evaluation for a herd of Galapagos tortoises.
In 2015, Pia passed the Veterinary Technician Specialty Exam in Exotic Companion Animals. She was the only person who passed that exam that year, and is one of handful of CVT with this recognition in the US.
Zoological and Investment Quality Reptiles
Cody has over 2 decades experience within the herpetological field which began as a small child. Growing up in Las Vegas, Nevada; he spent most of his time out in the desert in search of snakes and lizards.
His early interest in reptiles lead him into professional work in Herpetology. He has been employed at world recognized and renowned facilities, such as:
Cody has also been responsible for training many amateurs and professionals within the field herpetology. Including but not limited too:
In 2014, Cody was asked to participate in a conservation initiative called Project Mecistops. A program dedicated to the endangered African Slender-snouted crocodile (Mecistops cataphractus). Which is focused on the captive reproduction and future release of offspring into the wild. Traveling to Côte d Ivoiré in West Africa, Cody spent 3 weeks at the Abidjan Zoo. Where he was sent to teach their Crocodilian Keepers various captive propagation, rearing, husbandry, handling and training techniques for their large population of Slender-snouted crocodiles.
A fan of all wildlife, Cody's primary interests lie with venomous species, crocodilians, and pythons within the genus Morelia.