Meet Our Veterinary Specialists Team
Our animal hospital and veterinary specialists offer the highest quality and most reliable veterinary services, and comprehensive medical and surgical care for all exotic animal pets.
We have a vet for exotic animals and a vet for exotic pets—dedicated to helping and guiding you towards your exotic animal pets' 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 you in taking care of your exotic pets to live long—happy and healthy.
As the best exotic animal hospital and exotic animal veterinarian—we make sure that your pets are given preventative care and early diagnosis of medical problems.
We are vet for exotic animals who believe that treating other people’s pets should be the same as how we would treat our own—we consistently offer the highest level of professional exotic vet services.
Nautilus Avian and Exotic Veterinary Specialists take pride in the dedication to providing the highest standards in veterinary medicine as the most reliable vet for exotic pets.
We are here on a mission to provide experienced—knowledgeable exotic veterinary services to all exotic 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 gray 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—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 as an exotic animal veterinarian. 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.
Matthew Sherger, DVM, MS, DACVIM (oncology)
Veterinary Technician Supervisor
Overnight Veterinary Technician