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Exotic Felid Diets – Abby Duvall, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)


Captive exotic felids are obligate carnivores and require a balanced diet to ensure proper nutrition which meets both metabolic energy demands and provides sufficient vitamins and minerals to promote proper growth and health. There is little information available on nutrition of specific wildcat species, however, generalizations can be made for most species. A diet must […]



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Getting to Know: Practice Manager Kerry Bateman


Our “Getting to Know” series is intended to give you some fun insight into the people behind the medicine here at Exotic Vet Care. We hope you enjoy it! This entry features our Practice Manager Kerry Bateman. 1. What brought you to Exotic Vet Care? Dr. Biascoechea hired me based on my managerial experience. I […]



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Holiday Hazards and How to Avoid Them


Madame Matilda’s Midwinter Maladies  – OR – Holiday Hazards and How to Avoid Them ‘Tis the season for bringing trees indoors, inviting strangers in, and cooking all sorts of traditional concoctions.  It can be a bewildering time for animal companions everywhere.  Some of the things that are brought in can be dangerous to us!  As […]



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Leucistic Alligators in South Carolina – Katie Rainwater, MA, DVM


In March 2014, my husband Thomas, who is a research scientist at the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center and Clemson University’s Belle Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science in Georgetown, received a call that several hatchling white alligators had been discovered in a protected coastal area in South Carolina with public access.  With over […]



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We Congratulate Dr. Duvall, DABVP (Avian Practice)


We are incredibly proud to announce our Associate Veterinarian Dr. Abby Duvall has become South Carolina’s second Board-certified Diplomate in Avian Practice. Dr. Biascoechea is the first. This is a huge achievement, and required a lot of dedication and study. Congratulations, Dr. Duvall! ABVP CERTIFIED VETERINARIAN IN AVIAN PRACTICE  Charleston, SC — Abby Duvall, DVM, […]



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Voting Gets Wild


Tired of human elections?  Here are some animals that have run for office in the US! Mayor of Lajitas, Texas – The Clay Henry Dynasty This political scene makes House of Cards look tame!  In the 1980s a goat named Clay Henry (left image) ran against a man from Houston.  While the man won the […]



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All About Beaks


Birds possess an astounding array of beak sizes and shapes uniquely adapted to suit their needs. Beaks must be able to help secure food, preen feathers, help build a nest, and in some species, even build simple tools (check out the New Caledonian Crow!). While the beak might appear to be a static structure at […]



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Exotic Vet Care Appreciates Our Vet Techs!


Happy Vet Tech Appreciation Week! While we appreciate our techs every day, this October 11-16 the whole nation celebrates our vet techs and their work. Vet techs keep our practice moving and we could not do what we do without them. What is a Vet Tech? A veterinary technician (or nurse) is an individual who […]



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Chameleon with Prolapsed Hemipenes: Case Study


“Elliott”, a 5 ½ month old veiled chameleon, came in for us to assess some pink tissue that was protruding from his vent. On examination it was a hemipene that had become impacted and inflamed. When we tried to replace it the other one would pop out too! “Elliott” was admitted to the hospital and […]



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Macaw Gains Her Independence From Egg-Binding: Case Study


“Scooter” is a 23-year old female blue and gold macaw who came to us as an Emergency Admission on July 4. She had suffered with vomiting and diarrhea for a few days prior. Upon examination she had urate and fecal matting around her vent but after administering some fluids and pain medication she was stable […]



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