Birds and Exotics Animal Care is South Carolina’s premiere veterinary practice dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders affecting birds, reptiles and other exotic animals (ferrets, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, rabbits, fish, etc). We are currently the only state of the art veterinary hospital in South Carolina created especially for the needs of birds and exotic animals. Our founder, Jose Biascoechea, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (Avian Practice) is the only Board-Certified avian specialist in the state of South Carolina. We also accept referral cases from veterinarians throughout the state and surrounding areas.
What is an exotic pet?
In this context, exotic pet refers to any pet not commonly seen in traditional canine and feline practice, and includes pet birds, reptiles, rabbits, rodents, exotic cats, small hooved stock and sometimes zoo species. Although a rabbit is probably not considered “exotic” by most, care of these species requires special knowledge and training.
Exotic pets we see include:
- Amphibians, including frogs, toads, newts and salamanders
- Birds, including parrots, macaws, softbills (canaries, finches, etc), birds of prey, domestic poultry (chickens, guinea fowl, peacocks) and domestic waterfowl (ducks, geese, swans, etc)
- Exotic Carnivores, including coatis, fennec foxes
- Insectivores, including hedgehogs
- Invertebrates, including tarantulas
- Marsupials, including sugar gliders, wallabies, opossums
- Nonhuman primates (New World monkeys only, doctor’s approval required)
- Pot-bellied Pigs (while still young and small, will spay and neuter)
- Reptiles, including lizards, iguanas, geckos, bearded dragons and nonvenomous snakes, turtles and tortoises
- Rodents, including guinea pigs, prairie dogs, hamsters, chinchillas, gerbils, degus, rats and mice
- Wildlife kept as pets, including raccoons and squirrels
If you do not see your pet listed, call us at 843-216-8387!
Why see a specialist?
Traditional veterinary education usually does not adequately prepare veterinarians for the care of unusual pet species. Mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and amphibians all have their own anatomy and physiology, and treating their illnesses requires knowledge of this diversity. When veterinarians attempt to treat these special species as if they were cats and dogs, serious harm can occur. Veterinarians treating exotic and non-traditional pets must make the commitment to learn about these special species, and spend continuing education time keeping up on the latest advancements in exotic pet care. At Birds and Exotics Animal Care, our focus on these species allows us to provide the highest and most advanced level of care possible.
Why should I take my pet to the veterinarian if he is not sick?
Most exotic pet species are masters at hiding illness from owners. Most are prey species, and an important survival trick is to hide injury and illness to prevent predators from targeting them. Therefore, regular veterinary visits are important to help detect early indications of illness. During a normal well pet visit, the staff will go over many aspects of pet care, discuss ways to detect early disease and minimize preventable illness, and share any new advances in exotic pet care that might benefit your special pet. All new pets go home with written care instructions.
What is a board-certified avian veterinarian?
Dr. Biascoechea is one of a very small group of doctors who have earned the title “Diplomate” from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP). In fact, he is one of 900 ABVP Diplomates in the United States and abroad.
What does that mean? It means he made a choice to undergo a very long, very difficult process of additional studies and examination to become a board certified specialist. This process can take up to three years to complete and the motivation behind it is, very simply, excellence.
ABVP Diplomates have proven knowledge and expertise above and beyond what is required to practice veterinary medicine. Beyond that, they have earned the privilege to specialize in the treatment of one or more categories of animals.
How does this affect you? You can rest easy knowing your animals are receiving expert treatment because your veterinarian feels a strong commitment to providing the best possible care. For more information, click here: http://www.abvp.com/what_cert.htm
Our Mission Statement:
We have dedicated ourselves to providing the highest quality of care to our patients and providing clients with the comprehensive education necessary to properly care for their exotic family members.
Our Practice Motto:
Our animals, from the largest exotic bird to the smallest turtle, are an important part of our lives. They deserve the very best of care to live healthy lives. We have designed a facility specifically to meet the needs of these unique and extraordinary creatures.