Veterinarian Care for Exotic Animals

September 30, 2020

Some people find small animals more fulfilling to have as pets or companions. After all, they are small and adorable. Yet according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, caring for small, exotic animals is not that easy at all. Your veterinarian cannot use principles of cat or dog healthcare on your exotics. This will only result in inappropriate veterinary medical treatment. If you have a new exotic pet, here’s what you need to know about proper veterinarian care for exotic animals.


Right Setup


A veterinary clinic or hospital that can care for exotics should have the basic equipment for diagnosing and treating small animals. Such types of equipment are small weighing scales and appropriate enclosures. Exotic animals have more specialized needs. The right veterinary specialist knows how to meet them with the right tools.


Good Experience and Training


Proper veterinary care for exotic animals involves experience. A reputable exotic animal vet has already dealt with several exotic animal species. It is common for most veterinarians to have little or even no training on giving care to exotics when they graduate. If they want to help these animals, they need to find the right training on their own. The vets who have exerted that much effort are the ones you want to handle your exotic pets.




Your veterinarian should be a recognized member of multiple exotic animal organizations. That way, you can be sure that they have the right knowledge, skills, and tools to care for your exotic pet. Such specialized groups are the following:

  • Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians

  • Association of Avian Veterinarians

  • Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians

These groups provide exotic animal vets continuing learning opportunities. Veterinarians who want to keep gaining more knowledge about exotic pet care will join at least one of these organizations. You will know if your veterinarian is one of the exclusive members if the clinic or hospital has an organization’s logo on display. Also, check the websites of any of these groups because they have updated lists of their latest members in every part of the country.


Proper Handling


It takes years of exposure and practice to learn how to handle exotic animals safely and confidently. Experts say that most exotic species are prey in the wild. When you restrain these animals, they get stressed. The exotic animal clinic or hospital staff should know how to hold the small animals so that the vet can provide them with the care that they need.


Emergency Availability


Veterinary care for exotic animals should always involve emergency vet care. Your veterinarian should always be ready to care for your exotics at any time. The health emergencies of small exotic animals are often more complicated and dire.


Exotic pets are more delicate and sensitive because of their physical structure, nature, and nutrition. We, at The Vet in Springboro, make sure that all exotic pets that we handle only receive optimal veterinary medical care. You can visit our clinic in Springboro, Ohio, for a one-on-one consultation. Please call us at 937-556-4414 if you want to schedule an appointment or make inquiries about our exotic pet veterinary service packages.

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