VREC is proud to now offer care to exotic pets! For our recent press release on exotic medicine, please click here.
What is an ‘exotic’ pet?
An ‘exotic’ pet is classified as a non-domesticated animal. This includes (but is not limited to:)
- Amphibians (frogs, toads)
- Reptiles (turtles, tortoises, lizards, snakes, alligators)
- Rodents (mice, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, rats, chinchillas)
- Marsupials (sugar gliders)
Exotic Care at VREC
Exotic pets can now receive routine appointments and wellness visits with Dr. Adrienne Breaux, our Exotic Animal Clinician. These appointments are $65 and are booked as 45 minute time slots. To schedule, call 570-587-7777 during normal business hours. A friendly Client Service Representative can provide available times and answer any questions you may have. In addition to routine care, Dr. Breaux is trained to perform a variety of procedures such as spays/neuters, soft tissue surgeries, and amputations.
While Dr. Breaux is on shift as an Emergency Clinician, she will take exotic cases through the Emergency Service. Emergency visits are $95, the standard fee for any animal seen through the Service. Exotic pet owners are encouraged to call to confirm if Breaux is on shift. There is a list of other exotic vets available on our Owners FAQ page.
Breeders with multiple pets on premise are encouraged to arrange in-home appointments. Please call for availability.
Why don’t all veterinarians see exotic pets…and why don’t all exotic vets see all exotic pets?
Many veterinary colleges and universities focus their curriculum on domesticated (cat and dog) pets and (to a lesser degree) livestock care. Veterinary students who wish to focus on the treatment of exotics, wildlife, etc. take on extra work during and after veterinary school. Because the term ‘exotic pet’ incorporates such a wide array of creatures, exotic vets tend to focus in one specific area. Dr. Breaux, focuses on amphibians and reptiles with an emphasis on turtles.
Exotic pets need routine care just like dogs and cats! Do not be upset if a veterinarian doesn’t see your type of pet – if anything, be glad they are honest. Exotic pets require medications and equipment that may not be available at the clinic. If you own or plan to add an exotic pet to your home, it is recommended to find a veterinarian with special training and knowledge of the particular species.