It is often necessary for people with multiple pets to know the sex of their animals, either to avoid breeding or to allow breeding to occur.

There are many different methods used to determine the sex, which depends entirely on the pet’s age and species.

Sexing DNA bird

Sexing Birds

Knowing a bird’s sex is beneficial for many reasons including managing behavioural and medical issues, particularly those involving the reproductive tract.

We recommend the use of DNA sexing for avian species as it is a safe, minimally invasive method that provides accurate results. It involves us collecting a blood sample placed on a filter paper and then sending that off to an external lab for analysis.

Endoscopic sexing (otherwise known as surgical sexing) is also an option however it is more invasive as well as costs more so isn’t used as commonly anymore.

Sexing Small Mammals

When it comes to identifying the sex of rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, mice, rats and native mammals, things are generally much more straightforward with your pets’ gender being able to be confirmed with a physical examination once they reach a certain age. We recommend a health check-up for all new pets and find this is often a good time for us to help confirm the gender of your pet.

Sexing small mammal
Sexing reptile

Sexing Reptiles

For reptile owners, the need to know their reptiles’ gender is critical for understanding many behaviours and alerting them to possible reproductive-related diseases.

For reptilian species, there is a range of different techniques that can be used to sex your animals.

Reptile sexing methods include probing, illumination, popping, endoscopy, radiography, visual sexing using external characteristics, and ultrasonography, all of which can be performed in-house at our clinics.

We offer all the services listed on this page, and the type of sexing method used depends entirely on the age and species.

For further information on which method would be most appropriate for your pet please contact us directly.

Wavy bg testimonials



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

Megan Michelle


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!

Milly Milloy


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. 

Cass C


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.

Madhra Bradley


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!

Alex Hamilton


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.

Jessica Scott


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.

Nina Pearman


Absolutely the best vet, they are so caring and dedication to their job. I cannot recommend them enough. Thank you.

Joshua Charles Fowler