Zoological Medicine

Zoological medicine, or ZooMED, is the branch of veterinary medicine that treats zoological companion animals, also known as exotic pets.

We understand that zoological companion animals (a.k.a. exotics) are unique and delicate. Their anatomy and physiology is vastly different from dogs and cats yet they require the same amount of expertise and care. Our ZooMED services are prepared to meet their unique needs with specialized equipment as well as the expertise to help diagnose and treat your pet. We have dedicated hospitalization areas and examination rooms to keep your special friend safe and comfortable. Everything about our department was carefully planned to provide you and your unique pet with the utmost compassionate and specialized care.

One might think that zoological companion animals refer to the animals we see in a zoological institution (elephant, giraffe, sea lions, zebras, among others). But the definition is much broader and include all the lovely unique pets you have at home!

Avian, Exotic, Zoological companion animal? I am confused.

You are not alone when it comes to understanding the official name for this group of animals, often referred to as “avian and exotics”, “exotics” or “zoological companion animals”. Different associations and colleges use different names, but for the most part we are referring to the same group of animals. VCA has chosen the service name, “Zoological Medicine and Surgery” because it best reflects the entire scope of the different species we treat.

We are committed to promote the health and wellness of your best friend!

Zoological companion animals is the nomenclature officially used by the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM). That includes small mammals (rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, ferrets), birds (parrots, love birds, cockatiels, cockatoos, finches, macaws, toucans), reptiles (turtles, tortoises, lizards, snakes), amphibians (frogs, salamanders, caecilians), fish (fresh and saltwater), invertebrates (tarantulas, praying mantis, hermit crab), as well as backyard pets (pigs, goats, chickens).