"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
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
- Retired member of the Visiting Pet Program (10 years) -- Program where you take your accredited pet to hospitals, nursing homes, etc. I had two dogs in the program. They have both passed away over the last several years.
- Former member of Southern Eventing & Dressage Association. Treasurer of the organization for two years.
- Mutual of New York
- Louisiana Land & Exploration Company
- Stay at home Mom --- stayed home full time until my son entered 2nd grade
- Substitute Teacher
- Wedding & Model Photographer
- Riverdale Middle School
- Jefferson Feed & Garden
- Louisiana SPCA
In my early 30's I bred and hand raised a variety of parrots, parakeets and cockatiels. Through this avenue is how I first met Dr. Rich.
I managed the Equine Department of Jefferson Feed store for several years. While there Katrina hit New Orleans. Jefferson Feed became the fist triage stop for many of the animals that were rescued during this time. I along with many others lived at the feed store for several weeks. Thousands of animals of all varieties came through those doors to be triaged before being moved to a holding facility in hopes of finding their owners.
In December of 2005 I moved on to Louisiana SPCA as the Volunteer Program Director and Later Adoptions Supervisor. LASPCA lost their shelter in Katrina and reopened in a temporary old coffee warehouse while waiting to rebuild. Wile there I brought their volunteer program back up to speed, as many of the volunteers had relocated due to the storm. While there, anytime a bird or rabbit or guinea pig or other small mammal, horse goat or pig came into the shelter I was always called upon to help with him. Everyone new I had a great love and knowledge for these animals. My office often had a bird in it because I would protest and say they could not be kept in a room with barking dogs or meowing cats.
After about five years at LASPCA I was ready for a career change. At that time it just so happened that Dr. Rich called to ask me a question. I have know Dr. Rich and his lovely wife Renee' for about 25 years. In our conversation I mentioned to him that I was going to be job hunting, I would love to stay involved in the animal world if possible. I asked him to keep his ears open in case he heard of anything. About a week later he called and said his office manager of 18 years had decided to retire, we needed to talk. Not too long after that we had a five hour lunch meeting and the rest is history. I have been here three years now and this truly is my dream job. I could not ask for a better person to work for or a better staff to work with.
Last but not least, I am a diehard New Orleans Saints fan. I may drive the staff crazy with my Saints cheerleading, win or loose I am a Saints fan for life!!
Christy Nicole Bevolo, RVT
- 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.
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.
I have more than 6 years of experience as a registered veterinary technician. I have raised ferrets for the past 8 years and currently have 5 ferrets. I’m experienced and skilled in anesthesia, animal handling and nursing, laboratory procedures, etc. on a variety of exotic species.
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".