How to Find a Veterinarian for Exotic Pets

If you are new to an area and have exotic pets, or are thinking of getting involved with keeping exotic pets, finding a veterinarian is very important.


First of all, it must be said that technically (in most areas) anything other than a cat, dog, fish, or livestock, is often consider an “Exotic Pet”. As such one veterinarian might care for a few types of exotic pets, let us say rabbits, and small animals, while another might care for larger exotics, such as tigers, and wolves.


The Phone Book

Depending where you live your phone book might even have a veterinarian listed that cares for Exotic pets. This should be the first place to check.


Make Calls

You can call various veterinarian offices to see if they do care for the specific animal, or animals, you have, or plan on getting. If they do not, you can ask if they know anyone who does. Some veterinarians have never treated certain exotic animals but are willing to do so – the caution here is that they lack practical experience. Other veterinarians are totally unwilling to work with certain exotic pets and animals. Sometimes livestock veterinarians may be willing to provide care for some exotic animals, so they should be contacted as well.


You can also try calling the local animal shelter to see if they know of a veterinarian who works with exotic pets. Or go even further, if there is a zoo, or wildlife rehabilitation center, you can call them and ask.


You may even have to look out of your area. Being aware that if you have to travel any distance with a sick, or injured pet, it may mean their life or death – as such you may want to reconsider keeping exotics.

Pet bison – up for Auction – photo by Author

Make Contacts

Try to find other exotic pet owners in your area through Exotic Pet fairs and exhibitions. You may find they have knowledge of a veterinarian that you were unable to find.



Many magazines on specific pets (lets say pet birds, or reptiles) have ads, while you might not find an advertisement for an exotic pet veterinarian you can use these ads to find owners and breeders in your area, who may know of veterinarians for unusual animals, (see make contacts – above). More experienced owners may even have some home remedy solutions to basic problems, although should not be considered the best source for veterinarian knowledge.


Check the Laws

In most areas there are laws restricting ownership of certain exotic pets. As such finding a veterinarian for any illegal animals may be impossible.

Related Links

Why You Cannot Trust Free On-Line Veterinary Help

Why do Veterinarians Cost so Much?

Are you Ready to Own an Exotic Pet?

The Exotic Pet Blog

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User Comments
  1. tiffi

    On January 12, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Good share :D I have a love bird at home. He’s not that exotic but he is pretty cool :D

  2. Jimmy Shilaho

    On January 12, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    You are very resourceful. At this rate, I may look for some pets.

  3. PR Mace

    On January 12, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Boy are you ever right. I had no problem finding a good vet for my dogs but my bird is another subject. Well done and informative.

  4. Petalm

    On January 12, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    You really have to be ready for pets before getting them!

  5. martie

    On January 12, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Excellent article Brenda. The first thing I did before getting either a chin or a sugar glider was to call and make sure there was a vet that had experience caring for these types of animals. Had there not been a vet available within a 20 mile radius I would not have gotten that type of pet.

  6. webseowriters

    On January 12, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Good one

  7. Mr Ghaz

    On January 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Good advices on exotic pets..useful tips indeed. thanks my friend :) ping done

  8. Madama

    On January 12, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Excellent article on finding a veterinarian for exotic pets.

  9. albert1jemi

    On January 13, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Thank for sharing

  10. Ruby Hawk

    On January 13, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Interesting information about exotic animals. My granddaughter wants to be a vet, she loves animals.

  11. Mark Gordon Brown

    On January 13, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    This is prehaps one the most important articles you have written cos people with exotics often leave treatment aside cos they can’t find a proper vet. Lives saved!

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  13. N. Sun

    On January 15, 2011 at 6:20 am

    I can imagine how much easier it will be to find a vet for people who find this article.

  14. Jewelstar

    On January 16, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    I feel like having more pets at home. With all your encouraging posts about pets, it is natural to have such craving.

  15. MaxBuceo

    On January 16, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Nice share. I like it

  16. albert1jemi

    On January 17, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Nice share

  17. jemialbert

    On January 17, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    good post

  18. Sammy K Finch

    On February 18, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Good info thanks! It can be hard to find a Ottawa veterinarian who does exotic pets but there should be one out there somewhere! Ill keep looking, thanks for sharing!

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