Sugar Glider Education

Animal Nutrition Experts and USDA Vets

Hi folks.  Arnold the glider here.  Meet the Nutrition Experts and USDA Vets that provide advice to us on sugar glider care issues.  Not only do they help the Lisa tree with me and my glider friends, but sometimes they write about sugar glider care for the GliderVet newsletter!

Animal Nutrition Experts

Dr. Dierenfeld received her PhD in animal nutrition from Cornell University and has an impressive track record in both the business and academic sides of animal nutrition.  For example, while with the St. Louis Zoo, she assisted in planning construction of a new LEED certified (green) nutrition facility.  As Dr. Dierenfeld’s background is SO impressive, we could go on and on here.  Instead, we encourage you to review the credentials and experience in her LinkedIn bio here.

USDA Veterinarians

Hi folks, Arnold the sugar glider here.  Our vets say that the best way to diagnose exotic animals like us is to see us in the habitat that our humans keep us in.  Many problems that develop with exotic pets are caused by our humans not keeping us in the right environment or feeding us right.  If you are confused by all the differing opinions  you read on the web about this topic, please talk to a qualified vet.

If you live in Pinellas County, Florida, and would like our USDA vet to be your veterinarian, please send information about your pets, your pets needs and your phone number to  And if you want to hear what these pros say about caring for sugar gliders, make sure to sign up for the GliderVet newsletter below!


Dr. Steven Sanders is the Practice Owner at Bayshore Animal Hospital.  He received his Associate in Arts Degree of Animal Science with a Veterinary Technology Degree in 1986.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science for University of Maryland in 1990, and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from Tuskegee University in 1996.  

Dr. Sanders belongs to the Honor Society of Veterinary Medicine, Phi Zeta.  He started working at Bayshore Animal Hospital in 1996 and has been an owner since 2001.  Dr. Sanders is accredited through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.  He and his family share their home with their dog Oliver, their cat Trix and a Gecko named Bananna.

Dr. Sanders is a member of:

Pinellas County Veterinary Society (PCVMS)
Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA)
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
American Animal Hospital (AAHA)

Dr. Sherrie Demirjian, born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama attended University of Alabama in Huntsville.  She then attended Calhoun Community College and Auburn University for undergraduate and graduate work.  Sherrie received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal and Dairy Science in 2002.  She then received her Doctorates of Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn university in 2007.  

Dr. Demirjian started working at Bayshore Animal Hospital as a Senior Veterinary Student in March of 2007 and as a Doctor in June 2007.  She also works part-time at the Animal Emergency Clinic in Saint Petersburg and Friends of Strays.  Dr. Demirjian is accredited through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health  Service.  In her spare time she enjoys Scuba Diving, wakeboarding, in-line skating, going to the beach, and relaxing.  Dr. Demirjian shares her home with her 2 dogs, Corey and Aiden, and her cat Finnigan.

Dr. Demirjian is a member of:

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
Pinellas County Veterinary Society (PCVMS)
Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA)
American Animal Hospital (AAHA)


Janine M. Cianciolo, DVM received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from The Ohio State University - College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996.  While there, she was awarded the Kaytee Avian and Special Species Excellence Award, for demonstrated excellence in exotic medicine.  Dr. C. dedicates her practice primarily to the care of exotics and wildlife.  She certainly sees a number of cats and dogs in her practice, but is best known for her care of unusual animals, and authored many of our newsletter articles.

Dr. C.'s experiences and achievements are far reaching.  While an undergraduate, Dr. C was a part-time dolphin trainer at King's Island in Ohio.  She completed her preceptorship at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium. Post-  graduate work included a year long internship in exotic animal medicine with a well known Florida veterinarian, Dr. Theresa  Lightfoot.  Dr. C. participated in a Guatemalan project to return animals to their natural  habitat after these animals were confiscated from illegal wildlife traders.  Some of the animals rehabilitated were spider monkeys, howler monkeys, various types of parrots and macaws, jaguars, ocelots, margays, jaguarundis, kinkajous, Morlets crocodile, boas and iguanas.  Several of these animals are on the endangered species list.  She has even "gone glidin" with sugar gliders