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Avian & Exotics

The Animal Emergency and Specialty Hospital Avian & Exotic animal department offers a wide range of services including specialty referral care, emergency care, and primary care.

Our staff members are specially trained in caring for exotic pets and responding to their unique needs. We are able to provide emergency and critical care, including hospitalization with 24-hour care.

Dr. Alex McFarland

Dr. Alex McFarland is available Tuesdays by appointment.

To schedule an appointment, please call (616) 537-1402.

Dr. McFarland is USDA class II accredited and can provide health certificates.

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Species Seen

We are able to see a wide variety of species including but not limited to:

Birds: parrots, chickens, ducks/geese, toucans, passerines, birds of prey

Small Mammals: rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, chinchillas, ferrets, rats, mice, hamsters, sugar gliders, hedgehogs, prairie dogs, degus

Reptiles: lizards, turtles, tortoises, crocodilians, non-venomous snakes

Zoological Companion Animals (case by case): new world primates, procyonids, marsupials, fish, invertebrates

Please call us if your pet is not listed here.

Services Offered

Primary Care

  • Wing trimming

  • Beak and nail trimming

  • Behavioral consultations

  • Spaying and neutering

  • Vaccinations

  • Wellness exams

  • Pre- and post-purchase exams

  • Sex identification

  • Nutritional and behavioral counseling

Specialized Care

  • Oncology

  • Dentistry

  • Minimally invasive diagnostics

  • Infectious disease testing

  • Rehabilitation

  • Reproductive prevention in birds

  • Anesthesia and surgery

  • Teeth trimming for rodents and rabbits

  • Advanced diagnostics

  • Management of external and internal parasites

  • Management of chronic ear disease, ear abscesses, inner ear disease

  • Oral, ophthalmic, and dermatologic diseases

  • Shell repair in turtles and tortoises