Michigan Exotics Veterinarians

Find a Vet to Treat Your Exotics Pet in Michigan

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The vast majority of small animal training in veterinary school is devoted to canine and feline medicine. If veterinarians want to treat birds or ferrets or snakes, they will need to do a lot of work on their own during and long after veterinary school.

Exotic Pets

Exotic pet refers to any pet not commonly seen in traditional canine and feline practice, and includes pet birds, reptiles, rabbits, rodents, exotic cats, miniature pigs, sugar gliders, small hooved stock and sometimes zoo species.

Although a rabbit is probably not considered “exotic” by most, care of these species requires special knowledge and training.

Exotic Vets for Exotic Pets

Specializing in or even seeing exotics for basic health care is something many vets won’t do if they don’t have the expertise. Even an “exotics” vet may not see all exotics. A vet may have the training to see birds but not reptiles; small mammals but not hedgehogs or marsupials; and so on. If a veterinary office tells you over the phone they are not willing to see your sugar glider, you should be grateful — not angry.

Traditional veterinary education usually does not adequately prepare veterinarians for the care of unusual pet species. Mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and amphibians all have their own anatomy and physiology, and treating their illnesses requires knowledge of this diversity. When veterinarians attempt to treat these special species as if they were cats and dogs, serious harm can occur.

Veterinarians treating exotic and non-traditional pets must make the commitment to learn about these special species, and spend continuing education time keeping up on the latest advancements in exotic pet care.

Finding an Exotic Vet

If they have no experience with your exotic, they must gracefully decline treatment.

With any luck, they can refer you to a place that can help, but it is wrong for vets to be forced to see species that are out of their field of expertise.

Michigan has quite an extensive list of exotics vets. So, if a Michigan exotics vet is what you are looking for, check out this list. Not all Michigan exotics vets see all exotic pets so be sure you call the clinic of your choosing to see if they see your pet.

Some veterinarians are also specialists in pocket pets, reptiles or avian species. These veterinarians have had extra training and certification to show they are specialized in treating these kinds of exotic pets. Although these are experienced exotics vets, don't disregard other vets who are also experienced but have not gotten their specialization.

Exotic Vets in Michigan

Michigan exotics vets are plentiful in this mitten state. The upper peninsula may have fewer options available to residents but the mainland definitely has a variety of vets to choose from.

Even if your exotic pet doesn't need vaccines and doesn't appear ill to you, it is always a good idea to have a wellness check done once a year.

Depending on the type of exotic pet you have the exotics vet may want a fecal sample to run tests for bacteria and parasites, and at the very least, if you have an emergency with your pet you'll know where you're headed. Most exotic pet species are masters at hiding illness from owners. Most are prey species, and an important survival trick is to hide injury and illness to prevent predators from targeting them. Therefore, regular veterinary visits are important to help detect early indications of illness.

If you have an exotics vet that isn't on this list send me an e-mail so that they can be added.

A List of Veterinarians in Michigan that Treat Exotic Pets

Is there a reptile veterinarian in the area? Don’t all vets see gerbils? Here's a list of veterinarians in Michigan who treat exotic pets.

  • Dr. Jim Bader, Mapleview Animal Hospital PC 185 Panther Dr., Holland, 616-399-2140 (sees pocket pets, call about other exotic pets)
  • Dr. Thomas Bankstahl, Dr. Jennifer Periat, Dr. Holly Pope, Dr. Andrea Golombek, Dr. Katharine Engel, Dr. Aaron Knapp, Dr. Cara Dixon, Parkway Small Animal and Exotic Hospital, 39321 Garfield Rd., Clinton Twp., 586-416-8800 (sees many kinds of exotic pets)
  • Dr. S. Wayne Beasley, Dr. Derek Nolan, Dr. Michelle Hessell, Cedar Creek Veterinary Clinic, 2295 N. Williamston Rd., Williamston, 517-655-4906 (sees many kinds of exotic pets)
  • Dr. Richard Bennett, Dr. Lisa Harris, Animal Clinic, Inc., 133 28th Street S.E., 616-723-0668 (sees reptiles, avian and rabbits, call about other exotic pets)
  • Dr. William Berkowski, Gibraltar Veterinary Hospital, 29503 W. Jefferson, Gibraltar, 734-675-5020 (sees pocket pets, call about other exotic pets)
  • Dr. Elizabeth Bouverette, Dr. Chris Howe, Crossroads Animal Hospital, 3232 North Dettman Rd., Jackson, 517-784-1111 (sees reptiles, avian, and pocket pets, call about other exotic pets)
  • Dr. Kimberlee Buck, Frankenmuth-Birch Run Veterinary Hospital, 9339 S. Gera Rd., Birch Run, 989-652-6689 (sees pocket pets, call about other exotic pets)
  • Dr. Julie Cappel, Warren Woods Veterinary Hospital, 29157 Schoenherr Road, Warren, 586-751-3350 (sees birds and pocket pets, call about other exotic pets)
  • Dr. Valarie Chadwick, Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, East Lansing, 517-353-5420 (sees reptiles, call about other exotic pets)
  • Dr. Keith Cook, Dr. Eileen Cook, Southgate-Conway Animal Hospital, 14420 Eureka, Southgate, 734-284-9122 (sees reptiles, call about other exotic pets)
  • Dr. Jill Crisp, VCA Beech Road Animal Hospital, 25885 West 6 Mile Road, Redfurd, 313-538-0900 (sees pocket pets, call about other exotic pets)
  • Dr. Vicki Daldin, Bird & Small Animal Hospital, 4990 Ann Arbor-Suline Rd., Ann Arbor, 734-913-0003 (sees reptiles and birds, call about other exotic pets)
  • Dr. David Durham, Woodland Veterinary Clinic, 3012 Shaffer Rd. SE, Kentwood, 616-942-6780 (sees reptiles, call about other exotic pets)
  • Dr. Tim England, Dr. Chris Howe, Crossroads Animal Hospital, 3232 N. Dettman Rd., Jackson, 517-784-1111 (sees reptiles, call about other exotic pets)
  • Dr. Roe Froman, Northeast Cat and Dog Hospital, 1350 Michigan NE, Grand Rapids, 616-451-2694 (sees reptiles, call about other exotic pets)
  • Dr. Kristine Gerster, Towne & Country Animal Hospital, 5445 South Old US Highway 23, Brighton, 810-220-1079 (sees reptiles, call about other exotic pets)
  • Dr. Christine Glikis-Scott, Birmingham Veterinary Clinic, 33788 Woodward Avenue, Birmingham, 248-647-5474 (sees reptiles, call about other exotic pets)
  • Dr. Pamela Graves, Jensen's Animal Hospital, 4041 Charlevoix Ave., Petosky, 231-347-8775 (sees reptiles, call about other exotic pets)
  • Dr. Byron Hagewood, East Detroit Animal Hospital, 24506 Gratiot Avenue, Eastpointe, 586-776-5011
  • Dr. Kenneth Harr, Canton Center Animal Hospital, 5900 Canton Center Rd., Canton, 734-459-1400 (sees reptiles, call about other exotic pets)
  • Dr. Sharon Harshe, Country Garden Veterinary Clinic, 4491 South Jackson Road, Jackson, 517-783-5851 (sees reptiles, call about other exotic pets)
  • Dr. Bernadette Hermann, Animal Neurology and ER Center, 1120 Welch Rd., Commerce, 248-960-7200 (sees pocket pets, call about other exotic pets)
  • Dr. Adam Klomp, Wild Side Feline and Exotic Animal Hospital, Mobile Veterinary Services, services areas within 3 miles of Interstate 75 between Grand Blanc and Clarkston, 248-747-5872 (sees small exotic mammals (rabbits, ferrets, rodents, etc.), cats, reptiles/amphibians, and small birds)
  • Dr. Susan Lewis, Dr. Amy Petruska, All Creatures Animal Clinic, 3382 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, 734-973-1884 (sees reptiles, call about other exotic pets)
  • Dr. Lauren Liba, Dr. Holly Zechar, Dr. Heather Robertson, Animal Emergency Center, 24360 Novi Road, Novi, 248-348-1778 (sees pocket pets, call about other exotic pets)
  • Dr. Andrea Maceri, Vet-Select Commerce, 1010 W. Oakley Park, Commerce, 248-926-9696 (sees pocket pets, call about other exotic pets)
  • Dr. Vicki Marsh, Animal Kingdom Veterinary Hospital at Copper Leaf Farm, 4950 Ann Arbor Saline Rd., Ann Arbor, 734-913-4939 (sees reptiles, call about other exotic pets)
  • Dr. Steven McBride, Dr. Tracey K. Ritzman, Dipl. ABVP, Cascade Hospital for Animals, 6730 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids, 616-949-0960 (sees reptiles,birds, and pocket pets, call about other exotic pets)
  • Dr. Karen M. Michalski, Serenity Animal Hospital, 13800 15 Mile Rd., Sterling Heights, 586-264-VETS (8387) (sees reptiles, call about other exotic pets)
  • Dr. Jerrod Notebaert, Veterinary General, 53217 Hayes Rd., Shelby Township, 586-992-3810 (sees reptiles, birds, and exotic mammals but call to make sure he will see your specific kind of exotic pet)
  • Dr. Cassandra Pohl, Dearborn Family Pet Care, 24909 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, 313-561-5920 (sees pocket pets, call about other exotic pets)
  • Dr. Christina Rearick, Westland Veterinary Hospital, 7610 North Wayne Road, Westland, 734-261-5900 (sees reptiles, call about other exotic pets)
  • Dr. Nadine Richter, Ark Veterinary Clinic, 45559 Mount Road, Shelby Township, 810-731-1430 (sees reptiles, call about other exotic pets)
  • Dr. Howard Schwartz, Clarkston Veterinary Clinic, 6687 Dixie Highway, Clarkston, 248-625-1821 (sees reptiles, call about other exotic pets)
  • Dr. Karen Updike, Milwood Animal Clinic, 5942 Lovers Lane, Portage, 269-342-9865 (sees pocket pets, call about other exotic pets)
  • Dr. Robin Webster, Ann Arbor Animal Hospital, 2150 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, 734-662-4474 (sees pocket pets, call about other exotic pets)
  • Dr. K.G. Eshelman, Valley Animal Clinic, 937 W. Midland Rd., Auburn, 517-662-2551 or 517-662-2561 (sees reptiles, call about other exotic pets)
  • Dr. Charles J. Mehne, Animal Clinic, 413 W. Mosel, Kalamazoo, 269-344-5663 (sees reptiles, call about other exotic pets)

For a listing of other exotics vets in other states and countries click here.