Providing a high standard of care is of paramount importance to us, and our facilities and diagnostic equipment allow us to provide this care on a day-to-day basis. Our clinics are very well equipped, and we have access to a fantastic range of laboratory and imaging equipment that make diagnosing what is going wrong with your exotic pet much easier.
Each clinic has a range of the latest laboratory equipment. Some examples of machines we use regularly include a high-tech microscope with a range of staining equipment, a biochemistry machine that allows us to run various blood tests looking at the way your pet’s organs are functioning, a lead testing machine where we can check if your pet has been exposed to lead, urinalysis kits that allow detection of issues with your pet’s urinary system as well as water quality testing equipment for our aquatic patients. These tests can all be performed in-house, providing quick and accurate results.
In addition to this we have access to further testing through a range of external laboratories if required. This generally involves sending off a small amount of blood, urine, tissue (for example if a lump was removed) or a swab taken from your pet. Results for many tests come back quickly allowing us to help get your pet better.
Diagnostic imaging allows us to assess inside your pet’s body, including internal structures such as bone, soft tissue and major organs as well as look for foreign objects, obstructions, and lesions. Some of the commonly used imaging modalities we use are listed below:
Digital Radiography (X-Ray)
Digital x-ray is used to assess soft tissue and bones. It helps to confirm the exact location of fractures or breaks, arthritic changes, dental disease, obstructions and foreign objects.
Ultrasound is an advanced diagnostic tool used to examine soft tissues and multiple organs, including the liver, bladder, spleen, kidneys, heart, and lungs. Ultrasound is also a great diagnostic tool to assess inflammation, infection, pregnancy and can be used for sexing in some exotic pets.
We use a range of specialised endoscopes that work like a tiny camera to allow us to look directly inside your pet’s body cavities and some organs. Endoscopes are an incredible piece of technology that help us to identify inflammation, blockages, cancer, reproductive issues and to remove foreign bodies that have become lodged in nasal passages or ears. The most common size we use is a 2.7mm endoscope which allows us to get into small spaces safely.
Computed tomography (CT)
CT scans allow us to view your pet’s whole body in 3D. CT’s are commonly used to assess internal organs, bone, soft tissues, and blood vessels. They provide much more detail than conventional x-rays by taking multiple cross-sectional images of an entire body region, allowing us to create a 3D reconstruction of that area. Each clinic has access to this amazing technology either in-house or through a local veterinary referral centre.
Hopefully this page has given a bit of an overview of some of the laboratory testing and diagnostic imaging that we can offer. Having this technology available in our clinics allows us to provide your pet with the very best veterinary care.
I had my guinea pig Dasher booked in for castration and microchipping as part of the Hop Start Package and the staff there were very friendly, insightful, professional and helped to calm my nerves about the surgery. All went really really well and Dasher is loving his new food. I highly recommend them.
Neek Dianne Blackburn
Absolutely exceptional, every team member I encountered conducted themselves with absolute professionalism, compassion and care, and should be commended for their awesome work especially with the changed conditions they have had to accommodate for during COVID19.
Couldn’t recommend highly enough.
Thank you for going above and beyond to make the loss of our little man Winnie (ferret) as peaceful and painless as possible.
Angus and Bec
I cannot thank Dr Kelly and her staff enough for taking such great care of my 2-year-old Blackmoor goldfish ‘Pepper-Potts’.
Removing her eye has given her back her quality of life, she is a very happy girl again. Incredible knowledge, experience & great love and care was given, thank you so very much.
💙Pepper-Potts & I love you all
I can’t speak highly enough about the team of vets and vet nurses who saved my baby weiro when he was very close to passing away. The service and care have been exceptional from the very start! Outstanding communication, phone call follow-ups, prompt replies to emails, extremely professional, so caring and empathetic. They really are just AMAZING at The Unusual Pet Vets.
A very special thank you to Dr Luke, who has been so committed to saving my little bird from day one and holding onto hope for him. My family and I are so thankful for you and your team for all you have done for him and for his ongoing care and treatment. You guys are awesome!
We are so happy to have now found our bird Buddy a fantastic vet service. The service we received from Dr Kelly and her team from start to finish was so welcoming and friendly.
I have been taking my python to Dr Josh since I got her 5 years ago. He is always very compassionate and goes through everything in great detail. In the beginning, I asked a LOT of questions and he always made time to answer as soon as he could. The new clinic is fantastic, and I know my animals are 100% safe and comfortable whilst there.
Always a pleasure visiting unusual pet vets. They take good care of our birds and answer any of our questions with in-depth responses. I have seen Dr Sam a few times and it’s obvious he loves his job and the animals he treats, and I’m sure all the doctors are the same. 10/10 thanks so much!
Fantastic care as always for our bunny with gut stasis. They called to bring our appointment forward to make sure that he received any necessary care as quickly as possible and gave us great information about the problem and the follow-up care and treatment. So reassuring to know that you are in expert hands.
A wonderful clinic that accepted an adorable, yet dazed Eastern Yellow Robin after it flew into my window. It was such a relief this service was available on a Sunday afternoon before a public holiday. Such commitment to preserving the wellness of our beautiful native wildlife must be commended, we’re so fortunate to have these dedicated saints.
Absolutely the best vet, they are so caring and dedication to their job. I cannot recommend them enough. Thank you.