Dr. Holder earned a B.S. in Biology in 1997 from Stetson University in DeLand FL. In 2002 she graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine where she concentrated her studies in avian, exotic and wildlife medicine.
At the University of Florida, Dr. Holder received the prestigious Lerner Family Wildlife Conservation Award, the Bird Fanciers Scholarship and was inducted into Phi Zeta, the veterinary school honor society. She placed 1st in the United States in the National American Association for Zoo Veterinarians Manuscript Competition and presented her research at the International Zoo Convention.
Dr. Holder furthered her studies at the Houston Zoo in Texas, the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, the Exotic Bird Hospital, Lubee Bat Foundation and White Oak Plantation in Florida. Her medical articles have been published in the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine and Exotic DVM.
Dr. Holder is a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and the Audubon Society. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in the Zoo and Wildlife Department.
In 2004, Dr. Holder attended the Chi Institute to gain knowledge in the art of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. She has successfully integrated this into her busy practice. In 2012, she continued her training with certification in Tui-na, Chinese massage and manipulation therapy.
There is nothing more rewarding than watching an animal walk out that was carried in, seeing my staff grow with knowledge, giving an owner a diagnosis with hope, releasing a raptor back into the wild, or holding the owner’s hand while we say goodbye to their beloved pets. I truly have the greatest job in the world. I thank my clients as they are some of the best people I know. –Dr. Holder