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


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