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    Recommended Exotics Vets

    The following is a list of exotics vets recommended by our membership. We hope you find this helpful, however it remains your responsiblity to determine if any vet listed herein meets your needs for the health care of your exotic.

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    Dr. Rawn Gabbard
    Animal Care Veterinary Center
    1815 Old Morrilton Hwy # 105, Conway, AR 72032-2757
    (501) 329-7821

    I've been taking my dogs and cats to see Dr. Gabbard for years - he is the only vet in the area that I'd found who supported grain-free and raw diets. When I started getting into snakes and had some rescues with RIs, I was happy to find out that Dr. Gabbard treats reptiles as well. He's always been great with all of my pets and I highly recommend him. ~Janna (EchoPet)~



    Dr. Funk
    VCA Mesa Animal Hospital
    858 North Country Club Drive, Mesa, AZ 85201
    Phone: 1-480-833-7330
    Fax: 1-480-833-0124

    Our Association uses Dr. Funk, at the VCA Mesa Animal Hospital. ~(Yodaaz)~


    Both the vets, Dr. Wayne Svoboda and Dr. Bernard Mangone are great at
    Palm Glen Animal Hospital
    7771 North 43rd Avenue
    Phoenix, AZ 85051
    Fax: 623-931-1795


    James L. Jarchow, DVM
    Orange Grove Animal Hospital
    3091 W. Orange Grove Rd, Tucson, AZ 85741
    (520) 877-2626

    I have taken my lizards and snakes to Dr. Jarchow for several years, and he does a fantastic job with all reptile species I have taken to him. He is the reptile vet for the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and the Reid Park Zoo. I have a close friend who has been one of Dr. Jarchow's vet techs for over five years, and she tells me that the other vets often ask Jarchow for advice when dealing with exotics. ~Krystal (Eventide)~


    North ca

    Whispering Pines Pet Clinic

    14632 Skyway Rd, Magalia, CA 95954
    (530) 873-1136

    Amazing people if you happen to be in North Cali I have since moved to Sacramento and am yet to find someone as caring as there guys. Worst part of my move was losing access to these guys. If you know any one closer to Sacramento let me know

    Diamond Bar (Orange County)

    Dr. Tom Greek
    Village Animal Hospital
    23379 Golden Springs Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765*
    (909) 861-7463
    *His office will be moving in the near future, please see website for details*

    I have been working with Dr Greek for several years now, and he is very kind and knowledgeable in exotics as well as the standard pets. He attends a lot of local herp events, and speaks at the local herp clubs as well. Very involved with reptiles and owns a lot himself. Great guy! ~Heather (LadyOhh)~


    Dr. Marianne Brick
    Madison Ave Vet Clinic
    8520 Madison Avenue, Fair Oaks (Sacto area)
    (916) 961-1541

    Everyone I talked to in the clinic either kept a variety of Herps themselves or had experience with them. The vet herself was very knowledgeable and gentle with my python, and knew exactly what she was doing. Can't recommend them enough! ~(Dalishar)~

    San Francisco

    All Pets Hospital
    269 South Van Ness Ave
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    (415) 861-5725
    Reptile docs: Alex Herman & Nicola Gillespie

    My comments: I have been seeing Dr. Alex Herman for my mammals, and she is wonderful... helpful, friendly, reptile enthusiast, and really seems to care about her patients. Haven't (luckily) had a need to take any herps there yet, but I'd have no qualms about using her when I do. ~(Lolo76)~


    James Gray, DVM
    Ventura Veterinary Hospital
    1784 Thompson Blvd., Ventura, CA 93001
    (805) 648-2797

    I know for a fact that he sees torts, turtles, snakes and most other herps. ~Pat (patthesnakeman)~


    Colorado Springs

    Dr. Mark Kombert, DVM


    Dr. Alex Rahm, DVM (he's new there)

    I've seen both of these vets. I lean towards Dr. Rahm though.



    Dr. Zyra
    Bolton Veterinary Hospital
    P.C. 222 Boston Turnpike, Bolton, CT 06043
    Phone: (860) 646-6134 or (860) 456-4298
    Fax: (860) 643-0418

    My rescue has always used DR. Zyra, we also always recommend her, and always will. ~Rusty (Rusty)~



    Four Paws Animal Hospital
    County Road 531, Seaford DE

    I gone to doctor Mike ( I think I forgotten the last name not that I could spell it lol)
    But doctor Mike had helped me on 2 different rescues one was a kenya sand boa that had an RI ( owner dropped off and said to keep it a week later( was only to been gone for 3 days and was afraid the cat might get to it ) )
    On the second Rescue he helped me with a Cinniamon bp that had a mass near vent ( some kind of abccess) and removedt it ( for only cost of the meds and a some return trips for check ups ) Both time the animal in questions came ot me when I had no funds on hand for a vet. The hours might be odd ( like 9-12 then 4-6 ) most days but they seemd to know what they were doing and both reptiles are alive.



    John Rossi, DVM, MA
    Riverside Animal Hospital
    2641 Park Street
    Jacksonville, FL, 32204
    Phone# 904-388-3494

    He is an awesome vet and really knows reptiles very well. He wrote several books on how to tell if a snake is sick and also some home remedies. ~ anatess ~


    Dr Bruce Bogoslavsky
    Animal Vet Hospital
    1320 W Oak Ridge RD
    Orlando, FL 32809-3903

    Dr. Ivan Alfonso
    Kirkman Area Animal Clinic
    5633 Metrowest Blvd., Orlando, FL, 32811
    (407) 295-7547

    He raises and breeds Chams and is very knowledgeable about ball pythons. I would recommend him. ~Alice (Alice)~


    Dr. Gina Forgey, DVM
    Safe Harbor Animal Hospital
    820 Creighton Rd.
    Pensacola, FL 32504
    (850) 476-5571


    Dr. Otfried Ghurt, DVM
    Shannon Lakes Paws & Claws
    3819 Bradfordville Rd, Tallahassee, FL
    (850) 906-0444

    Thats the vet we use for our snake and beardies and he does a wonderful job and doesn't charge out the butt!~Nathan(DownSouthDragons)~



    Dr. Ray Habermann
    Foothills Veterinary Clinic
    375 Auraria Road, Dawsonville, GA 30534

    Dr. Habermann is very knowledgeable of all animals & reptiles. I take my whole clan there. Staff is friendly, facility is clean. The prices are reasonable. Vet checks up a few days later on your pet, to see how things are. I recommend to anyone in or around the area! ~Stephanie (reptile3)~


    Dr. Keith Contarino
    Town & Country Vet
    1343 Gresham Rd, Marietta, GA 30062
    (770) 336-1610

    Dr. C is their exotics vet. I recommend him for general wellness visits and treatment of internal parasites for herps. Dr. C also sees the more exotic "pocket pets" like rats, gerbils, etc and is more than fair in his office visit and treatment fees. His care and love for these animals is very apparent. ~Robin (rabernet)~

    Brad Wilson, DVM
    Veterinary Clinic West
    763 Whitlock Avenue SW, Marietta, GA 30064
    (770) 424-5484

    He is the vet for the Atlanta Zoo. He was very nice and knew a lot more about snakes than I do. He is very reasonably priced also. He will be seeing all of my animals from now on. A++ ~Trey (mxrider42)~



    Dr. Ron Durante
    Algonquin Animal Clinic
    10412 Rt. 31, Algonquin, IL 60102
    (847) 658-3626

    I have taken both a ball python and a black blood here for treatment. They even keep a tortoise in the office waiting room. He and the staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. ~(Schlyne)~

    Crest Hill

    Dr Bray
    Crest Hill Animal Hospital
    1807 Plainfield Rd, Crest Hill, IL
    (815) 729-1155.

    Ive used him many times for snakes and birds. He is also used by Annetta & Wayne, owners of Three Rivers Reptiles on Rebublic Ave in Joliet IL. I strongly recommend him for all exotics. He saved the life of my 03' ICH female when she was just a month old. ~(Draigess)~


    Dr Stephen L. Barten
    1260 S Butterfield Rd, Mundelein, IL 60060

    He has a collection of around 10 snakes that he has had for many years. He treats all types of reptiles and is very knowledgeable. ~April (Shelby)~

    Dr Gery A. Herrmann
    650 N Midlothian Rd, Mundelein, IL 60060

    He treats all kinds of reptiles, and is quite knowledgeable and a nice guy to do business with. ~April (Shelby)~


    Craig Staehle, DVM
    Best Friends Animal Hospital & Pet Resort
    202 Frank Scott Parkway East
    Swansea, IL. 62226

    Phone : (618) 222-9860
    Fax : (618) 222-9861
    Email :
    Website :

    A very professional and knowledgeable herp vet. I highly recommend him to anyone in the metro-east IL / St Louis, MO. Area. Only vet in this area I will take my reptiles to. ~(Minja777)~



    Dr. Keith Gold
    Chadwell Animal Hospital
    3004 Emmorton Road, Abingdon, MD 21009

    Here is the vet I use. Awesome guy!~Allison (lilyorchid)~

    North Potomac

    Dr. Nicholas Michael Lance
    Quince Orchard Veterinary Hospital
    11910 Darnestown Rd., North Potomac, MD 20878
    (301) 258-0850

    Sees all herps. I had my ball python looked at here. Vet was great even the assistant vets knew tons about snakes. They even taught me how to sex!! Great place. ~Mike (jdmls88)~


    Dr. Lisa Carr
    Maryland Avian and Exotics Vet Care


    She used to work with Dr. Stahl in Virginia. ~ o.r hill



    Dr. Greg Mertz, DVM
    Odd Pet Veterinarian
    595 Columbian, Weymouth, MA 02190
    (781) 251-9131

    He is very knowledgeable, and he treats almost any kind of herp as well as small animals, birds, you name it. Hence he calls himself "the Odd Pet Vet". He also sees patients on Thursday nights (I believe) at the Chestnut Street Animal Hospital, 334 Chestnut St, Needham, MA. ~ (icygirl)~


    Dr. Obrian
    Mattapoissett Animal hospital


    Clinton Twp

    Parkway Small Animal and Exotic Hospital
    39321 Garfield Rd., Clinton Twp. MI 48038
    (586) 416-8800

    Very knowlegable with reptiles and exotic pets. ~Laura (shadi11)~


    Dr. Chris Howe & Dr. Timothy England
    Crossroads Animal Clinic
    3232 North Dettman, Jackson, MI 49201
    (517) 784-1111

    I saw Dr. Howe, but Dr. England is the head honcho and the owner. Dr. Howe and the tech were very gentle with the handling and seemed very knowledgeable. Dr. Howe told me about the snakes him and his wife have kept over the years, mostly colubrids it seemed. The visit seemed to be priced fairly well to me as well. Overall seems like a great guy, great doctor and a great clinic. ~Austin (ThyTempest)~


    Dr Charles Mehne, DVM
    Animal Clinic
    413 W Mosel Ave., Kalamazoo, MI
    (269) 344-5663

    Dr Mehne is a great guy with a vast knowledge of herps and other animals. He's done extensive research on herps, birds, and fish for the USFWS and has been a veterinarian for over 20 years.
    I find him to be great with the handling, treating and diagnosing the animals and he's extremely affordable. ~Colin (kzooherpetoculturist)~


    Dr. Pamela Graves
    Jensen's Animal Hospital
    4041 Charlevoix Avenue, Petoskey, MI, 49770
    (231) 347-8775

    Dr. Pam saw our snakes, found her knowledgeable and friendly. The clinic is very cost effective, offers programs for lower income owners and discounts for rescuers/rehabbers. ~Jo (frankykeno)~


    Animal Emergency Center
    265 E. 2nd Street, Rochester, MI 48307
    (248) 651-1788

    The vets are very knowlegable with reptiles and exotic pets. These emergency vets also work with Parkway (listed above). ~Laura (shadi11)~


    Dr. S. Wayne Beasley
    Cedar Creek Vet Clinic
    2295 N. Williamston Rd., Williamston, MI 48895
    (517) 655-4906

    I have just been to see this Vet, and not only did he have extensive knowledge about snakes, he also has kept many species of snakes over the years. He is a graduate of Michigan State - they also have at least 4 other State Vet grads working there. He is located just north of Lansing, MI. Reasonably priced too. ~Connie (littleindiangirl)~


    Mary Phillippson
    Ark Pet Hospital
    151 Sliver Lake Road,
    New Brighton,
    MN 55112.
    Phone #651-633-0567



    John D. Morris, D.V.M.

    Saltillo Small Animal Hospital
    106 Flynt Dr. ( Off Hwy. 45 )
    Saltillo, MS 38866
    Phone: 662-869-7301
    Fax: 662-869-7362

    They see just about anything. Dr. Morris is the 'exotic' vet on staff. He seems more on the end of reptiles, but will see all exotics. Dr. Morris isn't a 'specific' reptile vet, but is extremely knowledgeable in reptiles.

    My personal experience with Dr. Morris came a few weeks ago when I took my new addition 1.0 Spider that I acquired from craigslist for a 'checkup' and possible RI. Vet visit was only $36 and I was seen directly at my appointment time. I received a call one week later from the staff to 'check' up on us and make sure everything was ok. A few days later I received a letter,along with a card, in the mail thanking me for my business and assuring me if I had an emergency that I could call at any time even after business hours.


    North Stevensville

    Sapphire Animal Hospital
    4052 Hwy. 93 North
    Stevensville, MT 59870
    (406) 777-4399

    Sapphire is my current vet. Husband and wife team, and both are great. Their kids own snakes. They're up front that they are a bit inexperienced with reptile medicine, but have always done plenty of research when I've needed their help and I've been satisfied with their quality of care. A vet that will actually take the time and listen as well as work together with you are worth their weight in gold. They see all my animals - snakes to cats to farm animals.



    West End Veterinary Clinic
    41 Fullerton Avenue
    Newburgh, NY 12550

    Dr. Don Factor - Fantastic doc for your herps. He really seemed to know his stuff well. I am well versed in herps and their care, diagnosis of health issues, and treatment. Dr. Factor was on point with everything, including proper husbandry for less kept species (Haitian boa in this particular case). The staff were all incredibly friendly and all interested in coming in to see the snakes I had brought and learn more while there. I even received two follow-up calls weeks apart to see how the snakes were doing while on their meds. I did, unfortunately, have a gravid female pass - not due to the health issue being treated - and Dr. Factor followed up with a hand written condolence note. Overall, the clinic is one of the best I've been to. Friendly, knowledgeable, and actually caring of every animal. A+ in my book. ~ Chris Carille ( bioteacher )


    Dr. Edward L Spindel, DVM
    Animal Ark Veterinary Hospital
    2996 Belgium Rd, Baldwinsville, NY 13027
    (315) 635-2525

    No website, but he's the best reptile vet around Syracuse, NY. ~Jimi (jim020cricket)


    Dr. Monaco
    Old Country Animal Clinic
    669 Old Country Road, Plainview, NY 11803
    (516) 938-7218 phone

    All my ball pythons have been to this vet as well as my cat. He is an extremely kind and knowledgeable person. His specialty is avian, however, he is experienced with snakes as well. An exotic visit is very reasonably priced. ~Rich (Spaniard)~



    Dr. Griffin, DVM
    Griffin Exotics
    Avian & Exotic Veterinary Hospital
    2100 Lane Street, Kannapolis, NC 28083

    Works with birds, rabbits, and reptiles, was recommended by a herp friend. Awesome job explaining everything that was going on during and after the boa exam. About 1.5 hours away from me but the drive is worth it!~(Karma)~



    Animal Care Unlimited
    2665 Billingsley Rd, Columbus, OH 43235
    Tel: (614) 766-2317

    I would definitely recommend them. They worked me into their schedule in the evening. They were so nice and seemed very knowledgable. It was incredibly affordable for a college student on a very tight budget! All kinds of exotics and also regular pets.~Lynn (ladywhipple)~



    Ken Coldwell, DVM
    VCA Veterinary Medical Center
    3129 South Winston Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74135
    (918) 743-6644

    I've only used him for snakes, so not sure what other species he treats. Very nice guy. ~Jess (slartibartfast)~

    Paul L. Welch, DVM
    Forest Trails Animal Hospital
    6528 East 101st Street, Suite A, Tulsa, OK 74133
    (918) 299-8448

    I used him for a snake once, and he seemed pretty knowledgeable. They do a ton of wildlife rescue and rehab. ~Jess (slartibartfast)~



    All Pet Animal Hospital
    5354 Route 8
    Gibsonia, PA 15044

    Dr. Kellie Person
    Dr Edward Bennett

    Have been there twice once for a scale rot problem medicine Dr. Person gave fixed it right up and now for RI and my snake is making a swing to health. Have not taken any other reptiles but have to call them for a follow up question on a dog health matter and will ask them there treatment knowledge of other reptiles and amphibians. Highly recommend them great and friendly staff always helpful and respectful fun to work with.


    Moncks Corner

    Dr. Samuel Seashole
    Live Oak Veterinary Clinic
    735 S. Live Oak Drive, Moncks Corner, SC
    (843) 899-5476

    Mount Pleasant

    Dr. Jose Biascoechea
    Birds and Exotics Animal Care
    814 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
    (843) 216-VETS

    We have a good BP clan in the Charleston, SC area. I've been to plenty of vets and we have two excellent exotic pet vets who know and treat herps. They are both recommended by the Green Iguana Society on this website: ~(GenePirate)~


    Dr. Heather Miller
    Cleaveland Park East Animal Hospital
    815 NE Main Street, Simpsonville, SC 29681
    (864) 963-8025

    She's an excellent vet and very reasonably priced. ~(Denial)~


    Dr. Raymond L. Fay
    Companion Animal Clinic/Noahs Ark Kennel
    121 S Blackstock Road, Spartanburg, SC 29301
    (864) 574-2430

    Also an excellent vet. Dr. Fay also will see venomous animals. ~(Denial)~


    Memphis Tennessee area

    All Creatures Pet Hospital
    Ralph Pope, DVM
    2050 W. Poplar Ave. #106
    Collierville, TN 38017


    Airport Animal Clinic
    Dr. Mike Corwin
    215 Pineway Dr., Nashville, TN 37217
    (615) 367-9319

    He treats all exotics, furry and scaly (including fish). No venomous though ~Cheryl (replver)~


    North Madison Animal Hospital
    243 Oil Well
    Jackson, TN 38305

    Phone: 731-664-6200
    Fax: (731) 664-9355



    Dr. Larry White
    Briarcrest Vet Clinic
    1492 Wilcrest Drive, Houston, TX 77042
    (713) 789-8320

    He's a former zoo vet and is very experienced at reptiles and small mammals as well as birds. I've dealt with him for years. He is reasonable and knows his stuff. Nothing but great things to say about him. ~(Hypnotic Exotic)~

    San Antonio

    Dr. Melissa Hill DVM
    Kirby Animal Hospital
    4623 Binz-Engleman, San Antonio, TX 78219
    (210) 661-6717

    I took Kisasa in to see Dr. Hill on a day when they were fully booked, but she squeezed me in anyhow. She seemed very comfortable with snakes and knowledgeable about them. Her treatment of K's wound worked beautifully. I'll go back to her anytime I have a herp issue. ~Judy (JLC)~



    Stahl Exotic Animal Veterinary Service
    4105 Rust Street, Fairfax, VA 22030

    Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00AM-5:00PM
    Tuesday, Thursday 8:00AM - 8:00PM
    Saturday 8:00AM-2:00PM
    (For larger collections and special circumstances, house calls and phone consultations are also available.)

    Dr. Stahl's reputation precedes him, and the rest of the vets and other staff are also very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about herps and other reptiles (check out their staff page). There is a strong focus on proper husbandry (as it should be), so expect to be grilled about your enclosures, temps, humidity, feeding, etc. I first became acquainted with this practice with my other exotics, and they are easily one of the best vet practices, regardless of species, I've ever dealt with. Top notch! ~Jen (jjc)~


    Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates
    120 East Cornwell Lane
    Purcellville, VA 20132

    Regular appointments every day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    Open 24 hours for emergencies, they just need a heads-up call.

    They don't advertise it on their web site, but they do treat reptiles - including hot snakes!
    They are also the vet for the Loudoun County, VA Animal Control and several local zoos.

    West Virginia


    Dr. Cynthia Linner

    Audubon Animal Clinic
    17 Chenoweth Drive
    Bridgeport, WV 26330



    Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital
    10137 Main Street, Suite 6, Bothell, WA 98011
    (425) 486-9000

    This clinic sees basically everything except dogs and cats. They're excellent and experienced in all types of snakes (including venomous!), all types of lizards and tortoises, birds, rabbits, rats, ferrets, basically anything exotic. I honestly wouldn't trust any of my pets to anybody else. He's willing to try anything, keeps informed on the most current advances in exotic medicine. Awesome vet! ~Allysen (Allysen)~


    Tracy Bennett, DVM
    Bird & Exotic Clinic of Seattle
    4019 Aurora Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98103
    Tel: (206) 783-4538

    She's seen my beardies, ball, and red eared slider. She was very knowledgable with all. She's helpful, friendly, quick, and has a good staff. Everyone there just wants what's best for the animals. I highly recomend her! ~Brittany (brittany)~


    Dr. Michael Wenninger
    Spartan Animal Hospital
    4811 Larson Beach Rd.
    McFarland, WI 53558
    (608) 838-6115

    Dr. Wenninger has bred ball pythons in the past and currently breeds retics. He was therefore very comfortable handling my ball python while doing a wellness exam that included everything from weighing her to examining her heart with an ultrasound. He and his friendly staff happily answered all of my questions and confirmed that the research I had done on BP husbandry was accurate. I plan to take my Russian tortoise in for his wellness exam as well, and Dr. Wenninger mentioned that he enjoyed working with tortoises. He also comes highly recommended by both the Madison Area Herpetological Society and Reptile Rapture, a local reptile supply store. ~ gruneaugen86 ~
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    Re: Recommended Exotics Vets


    Nova Scotia


    Dr. Suzette Dibblee
    Fairview Animal Hospital
    The Village at Bayers Rd
    7071 Bayers Road,
    Halifax, NS, Canada
    B3L 2C2

    Tel: 902-443-9385
    Fax: 902-445-4307

    Dr. Dibblee is a great vet, She has a lot of experience with reptiles and when she is out of her depth she freely admits it and seeks an expert in that species or problem. She also listens carefully to the thoughts of the keeper and does not discount the ideas and experience out of hand. I personally do not expect a vet to know everything about all animals but I do expect them to admit when they do not know and seek advise for the issue. Suzette has demonstrated all of these traits in my dealings with her. ~(kitedemon)~



    Dr. Richard Maser
    Cavan Hills Veterinary Service
    303 Hwy 7 A RR1, Cavan, Ontario L0A 1C0
    (705) 944-5776

    Dr. Maser and his staff are very friendly. Although he does not receive a high number of exotic herps requiring treatment, he is very helpful and works well with snakes. Treatment fees are very reasonable as well. ~(missi182)~
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