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Department of Clinical Sciences

Dedicated to excellence in educating and training veterinarians and comparative biomedical scientists, furthering health care and wellness through discovery and clinical research.

Exotic Animal Medicine

In the veterinary context, “exotic animal” medicine refers to the common non dog/cat species kept by private citizens.. The most common exotic animal species are birds (especially parrots), small mammals (e.g. rabbits, ferrets, hamsters etc.) and reptiles. A variety of other species, including wildlife, fish, and other vertebrate and invertebrate species are also seen by exotic animal clinicians. 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.