Meet Our Veterinary Specialists Team
Our veterinary specialists offer the highest quality and most reliable comprehensive medical and surgical care for all exotic animal pets.
Our dedicated and knowledgeable vet for exotic pets team members can help and guide you towards your pet’s better and healthier life.
Our mission is for exotic animal pets to live long, happy and healthy.
Our goal at Nautilus Avian and Exotic Veterinary Specialists is to help our clients’ exotic animal pets to live long, happy and healthy. As one of the best exotic animal hospitals, we make sure that your exotic animal pets will be given preventative care and early diagnosis of medical problems.
All of our veterinary specialists believe treating other people’s pets should be the same as how we would treat our own, and we consistently offer the highest level of professional exotic vet services.
Nautilus Avian and Exotic Veterinary Specialists take pride in our dedication to provide the highest standards in veterinary medicine, and our veterinary specialists are happy to provide experienced, knowledgeable service to all exotic animal pets in New Jersey.
After completing the Veterinary Science merit badge in Boy Scouts, Dr. Applegate later accepted a position at the Point Pleasant Veterinary Hospital during high school.
After high school, he attended Virginia Tech for undergraduate studies in animal science and biology and Kansas State University for his veterinary education.
Following a small animal rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, he worked for almost 6 years as an exotic animal clinician at the Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey.
He then served as faculty at North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in the Exotic Animal Medicine Service for five and a half years, where he remains involved as adjunct faculty.
He very much enjoys teaching and looks forward to continuing teaching opportunities within the confines of private practice through community outreach events.
Dr. Applegate is a founding officer of the Honey Bee Veterinary Consortium (HBVC), in which he has served various leadership roles.
He also serves as the Education Manager for the Exotics section of the Western Veterinary Conference.
While he is comfortable working with almost all species, Dr. Applegate shares his time at home with two African grey parrots, Harley and Echo, and Marlin, a large mix-breed dog. When not at work or home, Dr. Applegate enjoys the outdoors, backpacking, SCUBA diving, and physical challenge races.
She graduated in 2014 receiving dual bachelor's degrees in animal science and poultry science.
During this time, she also worked as an assistant at an avian and exotic specialty hospital, which is where her passion for exotic animal medicine began to blossom.
While attending the College of Veterinary Medicine at NC State, Dr. Savo focused on exotic and zoo animal medicine, training under Dr. Applegate, and other leaders in exotic animal medicine, for much of her 4 years.
She led the NC State Turtle Rescue Team for 2 years, managing over 1000 turtles for various medical and surgical conditions.
She received medical training in a variety of species including reptiles, small mammals, raptors, parrots, poultry, and fish.
Dr. Savo has published a primary research study on turtle survival rates based on blood parameters of injured turtles and has traveled to the Galapagos to conduct wildlife research on Galapagos tortoises.
Dr. Savo is currently working towards board certification in exotic animal medicine.
After graduation Dr. Savo moved to Colorado Springs where she worked as a small animal veterinarian at a private practice for 3 years, providing the opportunity to work with dogs and cats, while maintaining her skills with non-traditional pets.
She is very excited to be back on the East Coast to join the team here at Nautilus. Dr. Savo shares her home with her husband Rich, her son Enzo, and a small “zoo” of beloved animals. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, crafting, hiking, and baking.