At Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Huntersville, our board-certified specialist treats exotic pets including birds, reptiles and small mammals such as rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs.
At Carolina Veterinary Specialists, we provide routine wellness and preventive care services for your bird or other exotic pet without a referral. Exotic pets can also be seen for medical or behavioral concerns, with or without a referral. Referred cases are transferred back to your regular veterinarian as soon as possible. After-hour emergency services are also available with or without a referral.
Our Avian and Exotic Pet Service operates out of our Huntersville location, but also sees scheduled appointments about once a month at our Matthews location.
Much like cats and dogs, birds and other exotic pets benefit from regular veterinary care to help live a long, happy, and healthy life. Our specialist is trained in the unique care and husbandry needs and veterinary treatment of these species.
During the initial wellness visit, our specialist will thoroughly review your pet’s housing, nutrition, and care. A complete and thorough physical exam will be performed. Health screening tests and vaccines will be discussed and recommended when indicated. Our specialist will discuss any husbandry, health, or behavior concerns with you and answer any questions you might have. Recommendations will be tailored to the needs of your pet and their family.
Birds and other exotic pets with health or behavior concerns can be seen by our specialist, with or without a referral, when the Service is regularly scheduled to see appointments.
If possible, please call in advance to determine the availability of our specialist. While we do accept walk-in and work-in emergencies for exotic pets, there may be an additional fee if double booking of appointments occurs.
At the present time, our specialist is on-call after-hours only for existing clients (seen within the last three years). However, our 24/7/365 Emergency Service is staffed by a team of veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians, and support staff.
If possible, please call in advance to determine if our specialist is available or if our Emergency Service veterinarian is able to evaluate your exotic pet.
Our hospital is fully equipped to meet the needs of critically sick birds and other exotic pets, including intensive care incubators that can provide oxygen and thermal support, a fully equipped diagnostic benchtop laboratory, and an on-site radiology suite.
Dr. Lauren Powers is a Diplomate ABVP (Avian Practice) and Diplomate ABVP (Exotic Companion Practice). She has extensive training and expertise in the physiology and unique care requirements for a broad range of pets.
At Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Huntersville we provide dedicated, advanced veterinary care for exotic pets including:
Parrots, finches, canaries, backyard poultry, and others.
Ferrets, rabbits, pot-bellied pigs, guinea pigs, chinchillas, hamsters, gerbils, sugar gliders, hedgehogs, and others.
Lizards, turtles and tortoises, snakes, and others.