3635 N. I-10 Service Rd., W.,
Metairie, LA 70002


"I have been dealing with the West Esplanade Vet Clinic, Dr Rich and Dr Pence, since 2006. They are the premier exotics only vet in the Gulf South and one of a small handful that are experienced with chinchillas.. Every chinchilla surrendered to us is taken there for a comprehensive wellness check-up. Many have been treated for a variety of conditions, both minor and serious. After having more than 100 chinchillas seen there, I could not be more pleased with the competency, courtesy and caring exhibited by everyone there. Many of our animals are enjoying happier and healthier lives because of Dr Rich and Dr Pence."

Rick A. Riedinger
NOLA Chinchilla Rescue

Our Staff

Avian and Exotic Pet Veterinary Staff

Ginger Schell, Office Manager

I don't remember a day in my life that I have not had an interest in animals from 4 legged to feathered to scales to hard shells. I was born addicted to horses, I met my first best friend at the age of 6 while I was riding my stick horse down the sidewalk. Although I do not currently own a horse, I did own them for a good portion of my life. As an adult in my 40's I became interested in the discipline of Dressage and loved attending shows with a beautiful Appaloosa gelding I had at that time. Currently I am owned by three dogs and a cat. My greatest accomplishment and pride and joy is my son, Brian Morvant. He has been in New York for 11 years now as an actor and stuntman on stage, screen and television. I am very proud of his accomplishments.


  • Grace King High School
  • University of New Orleans

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Avian and Exotic Pet Veterinary Staff

Christy Nicole Bevolo, RVT

High School

  • Mount Carmel Academy (1992-1996) Played 4 years of varsity sports (volleyball, basketball, tennis).
  • Allstate 1993 - 1996 Volleyball


  • University of New Orleans (1996-2000) Received Bachelor of Science.
  • Earned full athletic scholarship for volleyball. Started all 4 years.
  • Received various awards for athletics throughout my college career.
  • Delgado Community College (2006-2008) Received Associate degree in Veterinary Technology.
  • Earned certification as a Registered Veterinary Technician.
  • Received Outstanding Veterinary Technician award for the class of 2008.

Professional Experience

Interned at West Esplanade Veterinary Clinic as well as Lakeview Veterinary Clinic through the Delgado Veterinary Technician Program. I have been working for Dr. Rich at WEVC since 2008. Lab assistant for Association of Avian Veterinarians 2014 in New Orleans, Association of Avian Veterinarians 2009 in Milwaukee.

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Technician Group 1
(Christy, Krista Chelsea)


Technician Group 2
(Ivana, Nadee, Lauren)


(Sarah, Beth, Ashley)


Kennel Attendants
(Tara, Lindsey)


Filé Gumbo, Public Relations Director

Meet Filé Gumbo our "Public Relations Director." Filé is a Double Yellow Head Amazon Parrot. He was hatched April 15, 2006 in Georgia. He is stationed behind our Receptionist desk for all to see and communicate with. He is known to greet clients with a "Hello," "Geaux Tigers," or his rendition of "Take me out to the Ballgame".