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Exotic Animal Medicine

In the veterinary context, “exotic animal” medicine refers to the most common animals other than dogs or cats that private citizens keep. The most common exotic animal species are birds (especially parrots), small mammals (e.g., rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, etc.) and reptiles. Exotic animal clinicians also see a variety of other species, including wildlife, fish and other vertebrates and invertebrates. Most exotic animal species are seen as part of a small animal (dog/cat) practice.

Specialization is also possible, and internship and residency positions are available for advanced training.

The Exotic Animal Medicine Service (EAMS) faculty also contribute to the veterinary care in many partner institutions, including the North Carolina Zoo, the Karen Beasley Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center on Topsail Island,  the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park in Scotland Neck, and the North Carolina Aquariums at Roanoke Island, Pine Knoll Shores, and Fort Fisher.

Learn about our Exotic Animal Medicine clinical service

The Exotic Animal Medicine Service sees both primary care and referral cases, with an emphasis on birds, small mammals, nonvenomous reptiles, fishes, and amphibians. The service provides routine and specialized medical and surgical care for both healthy and sick animals. The service does not see wildlife, venomous reptiles, nonhuman primates, or large carnivores.

Christine Whitley (black CVM sweatshirt), Tara Harrison (maroon sweater) and Tammy Hawkes (NC State sweatshirt) prepare Odin for radiation therapy.