Zoological Medicine & Surgery


VRC's Zoological Medicine & Surgery Department is dedicated to the well-being of small to large mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.

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Zoological Medicine & Surgery Services

Location

340 Lancaster Avenue, Malvern, PA
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ZOOLOGICAL MEDICINE & SURGERY

We offer emergency services for avian and exotic animals on nights, weekends, and holidays for when your family veterinarian is closed or otherwise unavailable. When your vet opens back up, we will transfer your pet back his or her wellness clinic for continued care. VRC also offers our Zoological Medicine & Surgery Service by appointment only, please use the Referral Portal, or otherwise call us at 610-647-2950.

VRC’s Zoological Medicine Department is dedicated to the health and well-being of small to large mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates. Our expertise includes the care and treatment of any pet outside of domestic dogs and cats such as:

  • Domestic mammals:  ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, degus, rats, mice, hamsters, gerbils, potbellied pigs, guinea hogs
  • Non-domestic mammals: Patagonian cavies, capybara, raccoons, coatimundi, skunks, foxes, opossums, bobcats, servals, large exotic felids, bears, wallabies, kangaroos, primates
  • Birds: parrots, finch, canaries, other passerines, birds of prey, toucans, poultry, waterfowl, ratites
  • Reptiles: turtles, tortoises, lizards, snakes, crocodilians
  • Amphibians: frogs, toads, salamanders, axolotls, caecilians
  • Fish: freshwater and saltwater species such as teleosts, sharks, skates, and rays
  • Invertebrates: tarantulas, hissing cockroaches, honey bees, hermit crabs, cephalopods

Are you a falconer? Is your pet loved by your family but more traditionally found in a zoo? Do you care for a primate larger than a tamarin or marmoset? Is your pet a native wildlife species found in Pennsylvania or your state of residence? Your fur, feathered, or scaled family member’s health matters! Please call to contact the Zoological Medicine Department directly prior to scheduling an appointment as state permitting regulations or species restrictions may apply.


We are very proud to offer the best and latest treatments and technologies. Dr. Webb has advanced training and our specialists have a unique team approach in helping your pet and are ready to assist with any case.

Our services include (among others):

  • Preventative medicine and vaccination
  • USDA international health certificates
  • Grooming services
  • Dentistry and odontogenic surgery 
  • Soft tissue and orthopedic surgery
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy
  • Anesthesia of all taxonomic groups
  • Imaging (radiographs, ultrasound, CT, MRI, fluoroscopy)
  • Reproductive management and gender identification
  • Chemotherapy and radiation therapy
  • Rehabilitation and acupuncture
  • Behavior and diet consultation
  • Environment and enclosure consultation
  • Ambulatory consultation, immobilization, diagnostics, and treatment for private and public outdoor ponds, indoor aquariums, apiaries, zoological collections, and wildlife rehabilitators

MOBILE ZOO, FISH AND APIARY MEDICINE

Our Zoological Medicine and Surgery Department is ready to come to you! We have a fully equipped ambulatory service ready to take the stress out of keeping your terrestrial or aquatic collection healthy when transportation to VRC is challenging.  

Whether you are a koi fancier or a hobby aquarist, we have the equipment to perform water quality testing, anesthetized exams, and diagnostics pond or tank-side. Ambulatory diagnostics include but are not limited to microscopic examination of skin and gill clips, ophthalmology, ultrasound, and endoscopy. After initial assessment, should the patient require more diagnostics such as radiographs, CT scan, or endoscopy, or if surgery is indicated, a follow-up appointment at VRC can be scheduled.

We have the equipment necessary to remotely immobilize a large animal in your zoological collection if voluntary sedation is not an option. While we typically recommend bringing an animal to VRC to maximize the number of diagnostics performed under one anesthesia, we recognize that performing an initial exam at your facility may be more appropriate or feasible. The Zoological Medicine Department has mobile equipment for monitoring vitals while an animal is sedated, obtaining diagnostic samples, and performing thoracic and abdominal ultrasound while at your facility. With this information in hand, we can have a more in-depth conversation about next steps such as bringing the animal to our hospital for radiographs, CT scan, MRI, endoscopy, surgery, or consultation with our Dentistry Department. 

As many beekeepers know, January 2017 brought new regulations for obtaining and treating hives with antibiotics. Through our ambulatory service, Dr. Webb can examine your colony and provide the veterinarian-client-patient relationship required to prescribe antibiotics or write Veterinary Feed Directives for treatment of infectious diseases such as American and European foulbrood.