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Two Veterinarians with a Black & White Spotted Rabbit

Avian & Exotics

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