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.

Laboratory Microsope

Laboratory Testing

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

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.

Laboratory CT machine

Specialised Endoscopy

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.

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Informative Service

Very nice and informative service. Lovely vet practice, will definitely recommend to others.

Joanne Marsden

Wonderful and Knowledgeable

Wonderful and knowledgable vet. Took time to thoroughly check over my rabbit and answer all the questions I had. Would recommend to other rabbit owners.

Leona Hazel

Caring and Compassionate

Highly recommend, caring and compassionate no matter how small your pet. Thank you to the unusual pet vets for treating our very sick little mouse Moon, she came back to full health and is now enjoying life in a new home with new cage mates.

Kali and Co

Simply The Best

Cannot speak highly enough of the caring and lovely staff at UPV Osborne Park. Particularly to Dr Kelly for the wonderful treatment and compassion she displayed caring for my much loved
Bugz. Definitely recommend this practice. Simply the Best.

Stephen Waddell

A Great Vet For Exotic Pets

It’s a great vet for exotic pets, we would like to thank Dr Kiara and the nurses for all the help they have done for the bunnies especially when they have been unwell.

Gretel – Thankyou for all the tips and advice on what and what not to do with the bunnies.

We will definitely be recommending to all our exotic animal friends.

Jayde Darton

5 Stars All The Way!

Fantastic vets! Staff are so helpful and friendly. Vet’s are brilliant, they show so much love and compassion to our animals. 5 stars all the way!!

Nayre Manookain

A Huge Thank you

I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to the gang at Murdoch who helped my family and stimmy Cindy. It was a very stressful time and they assisted us with ease! Pricing was also more than reasonable which we were very grateful for. Thank you guys again, my noodle is now on the mend all to you guys.

Brook Oliver

Excellent Service, Caring and Professional Advice

Excellent service, caring and professional advice, and very good handling for our pet bird, on our first visit today at The Unusual Pet Vets, Jindalee. Very helpful, and they also provided further reading for us via email after our appointment regarding a few things we asked about. All staff were lovely and friendly – from the initial phone booking (you can do internet bookings too) to and including the consult. Thank you very much – we’ll definitely be back! Highly recommend.

Lisa Hack

Received the Best Service

Received the best service from Dr Sasha at the Sunshine Coast clinic. She taught me so much in such a kind manner and was very gentle to my Guinea pig. She then followed up by emailing further information on Guinea pig general care. Highly recommend!

Kate Hunter

Amazing and Caring Staff

Amazing and caring staff at the Ferntree Gully Clinic. Our baby rat was not well, and they always made time to help and support her. Very knowledgeable and compassionate. Would highly recommend and absolutely will use again. Thank you to everyone at Ferntree Gully for being there for us and Tabby.

Vicki Freedman