Dr. Emi Knafo has passed her board examinations and is now a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM), and is also one of the first 10 people in the world with the new subspecialty certification in Zoological Companion Animal Medicine. “I feel tremendous pride in receiving this certification, as it allows me to truly call myself an expert and specialist in the field I love so much,” she says.
To become board-certified, Dr. Knafo underwent specialty training, completing an internship in zoological medicine and surgery at the University of Georgia in 2010, followed by residency in zoological medicine and surgery at Cornell University through 2013. Five published, scientific articles on zoological medicine were required, more than any other specialty college. A two-day examination culminated the process, covering all populations of insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and terrestrial and marine mammals in zoo collections, as pets, and as wildlife. Dr. Knafo passed an additional examination on exotic mammals, captive birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish, with emphasis on species kept as pets to receive her Zoological Companion Animal Certification.
“By pursuing this certification, ACZM diplomates aim to provide exemplary care to the unique species in our charge,” says Dr. Knafo. “I believe there is a huge benefit to our exotic pet clients to be seen by a specialist in the Zoological Companion Animal Medicine department at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center, as we have expertise in all non-domestic species.”