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


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