Dr. Benner is a 1995 graduate of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, where he was valedictorian. He enjoys and is very proficient at small animal medicine and surgery. In addition to his dog and cat patients, he has a special interest in avian and exotic animal medicine, and has extensive training and experience treating birds, reptiles, ferrets, rabbits, and rodents. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Veterinary Technician degree program at Holyoke Community College, and many technician students have been mentored through our practice as part of their educational rotations. He spends most of his time with animals outside of work as well. He is a long-time birdwatcher and a member of the Hampshire Bird Club. He is the editor of Massachusetts Butterflies, the journal for the MA chapter of the North American Butterfly Association. He is involved in several on-going research projects, ranging from monitoring breeding birds in western MA, to radio-tagging endangered Timber Rattlesnakes and Black Ratsnakes. He is also a watercolor botanical illustrator, an avid gardener, and finds time to cater to his cats and herps and fish at home.