Exotic Pets MedicineExotic pets include birds — e.g., parakeets, finches, parrots, ducks and chickens; reptiles — e.g., turtles, tortoises, lizards and boa constrictors; amphibians— e.g., frogs and salamanders; a variety of small mammals— e.g., hedgehogs, rabbits, ferrets, and guinea pigs; fish — e.g., fancy goldfish and koi as well as various tropical fishes; invertebrates — e.g., hermit crabs and pink toed tarantulas. Other, larger exotic pets include pot-bellied pigs and domesticated species such as alpacas and llamas.
Among the many veterinarians specializing in the care of these species, most work in private practice or in a university teaching hospital. Those with training in zoological medicine, (as in my case) treat a wide range of species. Others specialize in one group of animals. These include avian vets, reptile and amphibian vets, fish vets and exotic small mammal vets.
Here are links to the various professional organizations related to exotic pet medicine:
Association of Avian Veterinarians
Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians
Association of Exotic Small Mammal Veterinarians