About Us

Exotic Vet Care (formerly Birds and Exotics Animal Care) is South Carolina’s premier veterinary practice dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders affecting birds, reptiles and other exotic animals (ferrets, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, rabbits, fish, etc).  We are currently the only state of the art veterinary hospital in South Carolina created especially for the needs of birds and exotic animals. Our founder, Jose Biascoechea, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (Avian Practice) was the first Board-Certified avian specialist in the state of South Carolina, and our Associate Dr. Abby Duvall is also a Board-Certified avian specialist. We also accept referral cases from veterinarians throughout the state and surrounding areas.

Why see a specialist?

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. At Exotic Vet Care, our focus on these species allows us to provide the highest and most advanced level of care possible. It’s what we do all day, every day.

Why should I take my pet to the veterinarian if he is not sick?

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. During a normal well pet visit, the staff will go over many aspects of pet care, discuss ways to detect early disease and minimize preventable illness, and share any new advances in exotic pet care that might benefit your special pet. All new pets go home with written care instructions.

What about anesthesia?

Anesthesia in exotic pets should not be taken lightly, and should only be performed by experienced veterinary professionals.

  • The use of sedation to reduce anxiety and manage pain is imperative.
  • Temperature regulation is critical before, during, and after anesthesia.
  • Mechanical ventilation can reduce mortality dramatically and requires specific training and knowledge.
  • Intubation is imperative to have a well-controlled anesthesia. We offer endoscope-guided intubation for pets who challenge conventional techniques.
  • There are several factors that can make anesthesia in exotic pets more complicated and difficult, but with the appropriate training, skill, and experience and with adequate monitoring and advanced equipment, our staff is able to perform complicated anesthetic procedures successfully and safely every day.

What is a board-certified avian veterinarian?

Dr. Biascoechea and Dr. Duvall are part of a very small group of doctors who have earned the title “Diplomate” from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP). In fact, he is one of 900 ABVP Diplomates in the United States and abroad.

What does that mean? It means they made a choice to undergo a very long, very difficult process of additional studies and examination to become a board certified specialist. This process can take up to three years to complete and the motivation behind it is, very simply, excellence.

ABVP Diplomates have proven knowledge and expertise above and beyond what is required to practice veterinary medicine.  Beyond that, they have earned the privilege to specialize in the treatment of one or more categories of animals.

How does this affect you? You can rest easy knowing your animals are receiving expert treatment because your veterinarian feels a strong commitment to providing the best possible care.  For more information, click here: http://www.abvp.com/what_cert.htm

What is an exotic pet?

In this context, exotic pet refers to any pet not commonly seen in traditional canine and feline practice, and includes pet birds, reptiles, rabbits, rodents, exotic cats, 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 pets we see include:

  • Amphibians, including frogs, toads, newts, salamanders, and Axolotl.
  • Birds, including canaries, finches, parakeets cockatiels, parrotlets, lovebirds, conures, parrots, pigeons, lories, lorikeets, caiques, cockatoos, macaws, toucans, mynahs, ducks, geese, swans, chickens, peafowl, guinea fowl, birds of prey, and many more.
  • Fish, including tropical, salt water, goldfish, koi, Siamese fighting fish (Bettas), oscars, African cichlids, pond, aquarium, marine invertebrates, aquatic invertebrates, etc.
  • Nonhuman primates (New World monkeys only, doctor’s approval required)
  • Small Mammals, including rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, chinchillas, hedgehogs, hamsters, rats, mice, gerbils, prairie dogs, degus, Patagonian cavies, sugar gliders, coatimundis, kinkajous, fennec foxes, small exotic canines and felines (servals and savannah cats under 20 pounds), opossums, raccoons, skunks, squirrels, and mini pigs under 50 pounds.
  • Spiders, including tarantulas.
  • Reptiles, including lizards like iguanas, geckos, bearded dragons, chameleons, skinks, Uromastyx, monitors, frilled lizards, basilisks, tegus, crocodilians, chuckwallas, anoles, etc; all types of nonvenomous snakes including pythons, boas, corn snakes, king snakes, rat snakes, and more; turtles, tortoises, and terrapins of all types.
  • Native animals kept as pets

If you do not see your pet listed, call us at 843-216-8387!

Our Mission Statement:

We have dedicated ourselves to providing the highest quality of care to our patients and providing clients with the comprehensive education necessary to properly care for their exotic family members.

Our Practice Motto:

Our animals, from the largest exotic bird to the smallest turtle, are an important part of our lives. They deserve the very best of care to live healthy lives. We have designed a facility specifically to meet the needs of these unique and extraordinary creatures.


MEMBER: Association of Avian Veterinarians MEMBER: ABVP MEMBER: Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians MEMBER: American Ferret Association MEMBER: Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians MEMBER: Association of Sugar Glider Veterinarians MEMBER: House Rabbit Society

Payment Information

Payment is due in full at the time services are rendered. Surgical and emergency admission deposits must be left in full at the pet’s admission. We accept cash, debit cards, and major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express). We regret that we do not accept business, personal, or traveler’s checks.

For services exceeding $200, 6 months interest-free financing is available through CareCredit. CareCredit understands that with exotic pets time is of the essence. Your application will take less than 5 minutes to be processed and your account can be used immediately after approval.

ScratchPay offers 90 day interest-free financing with no credit check or fixed-interest financing for 12 or 24 months.