Surgical Care


Avian and exotic surgery is challenging and requires the use of specially designed equipment. We utilize the Ellman Surgitron 4.0 Radiosurgical unit for many of our surgical procedures. Radiosurgery does not burn or char the tissue and is safer than laser surgery. Other benefits of radiosurgery include decreased blood loss, pain, and swelling, reduced risk of infection, and quicker recovery time.

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.

Got a broken bone? We can make it right!

Exotic animal orthopedics is nothing like dog and cat orthopedics. In addition to the anesthetic challenges, the repair technique is usually different, and the way bones heal and how your pet handles stress is very different. Even the post-operative care is specialized. Not all fractures will heal well, and some may not be candidates for repair, in which case amputation might a viable option. These are not easy decisions and we are here to help you with them.

This is an image of a tibiotarsal fracture on a Black Vulture that was repaired using a Type 1 External Skeletal Fixator.

This is an image of a tarsometatarsal fracture on a White Ibis that was repaired using a Type 2 External Skeletal Fixator.

This is an image of a tibiotarsal fracture in a Great Blue Heron that was repaired using a hybrid system combining an intramedullary pin and a Type 1 External Skeletal fixator due to the extreme length of the leg bones.