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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Client – Sunshine Coast

There is a great positive vibe felt when you walk in the door! The staff are friendly, caring, and welcoming. Highly recommended. Thank you, from Pepper Pig.

Brad Symons

Client – Ferntree Gully

Very professional vets there! They have the vaccination available when every other vet clinic I called didn’t. They know rabbits so well that I was feeling very comfortable and confident to let them take care of my rabbit even though its further from home!

Danielle Lam

Client – Ferntree Gully

Love the welcoming receptionist and the vet. They treated my fur babies with care and also follow-up the subsequent day, just to make sure my bunnies are recovering well.

Timmy Toppy

Client – Sunshine Coast

The whole team at UPV Sunshine Coast are friendly, accommodating, professional, passionate, and caring! I have regular contact with the team as one of my parrots requires ongoing medication and they are always prompt with sorting out prescriptions and meds. Highly recommend. 

Lee Stone

Client – Sunshine Coast

Thank you to the team at UPV for taking care of Oscar the Eckie! We had a wonderful first appointment and Dr Pat took good care of my little guy, even though he can be nervous and difficult. I really appreciate you guys for going the extra mile to keep Oscar safe and to give him a positive experience.

Kiah Nash

Client – Sunshine Coast

Dr Alex at Buderim clinic was extremely kind and caring. His knowledge about bearded dragons is incredible. He was successful in helping Kiko our bearded dragon get back to optimal health. I was also impressed that he kept me informed twice a day. Many thanks. 

Penny Thompson

Client – Balcatta

Great staff and wonderful doctors, so helpful and caring about our pets. Really appreciated the respect and care given to our little friends.

Adam Cliff

Client – Balcatta

Thank you to Dr Yang for her attempt to help and care my rabbit, Lola. Even though it wasn’t the result we hoped and prayed for Dr Yang was very caring and professional with Lola even letting my mother and I having our last moments with her. We couldn’t be more grateful for that. Even sending us a condolence card in the mail. Dr Yang and team are highly recommended.

Anthony Koomen

Client – Balcatta

Absolutely amazing staff! They are all so caring, supportive, and professional. I had to provide palliative care for two of my older rabbits and the information & support I received from the staff was incredible. 10/10 would recommend! Plus, my rabbits give them the big tick of approval, so really that’s the main thing.

Sarah Manfredi

Client – Balcatta

I cannot speak highly enough of the care that my bird received at The Unusual Pet Vets in Balcatta. Dr Green was in constant contact with me leading up to Chirpy’s surgery and even gave me a call just prior to him going under. I can highly recommend them for any unusual pet you may have.

Sheree Bennison