Effective immediately, our Small Animal Emergency room hours have changed. We will be open between the hours of 8 AM - 10 PM daily until further notice.

Avian, Exotics and Zoological Medicine

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Dr. Jones examining an eagle
Photo taken pre-pandemic

To help protect the health of our students, faculty, staff, clients, and community, the UT Veterinary Medical Center is taking precautionary measures to limit exposure and transmission of the coronavirus and is working with limited personnel. Effective immediately, the UT Veterinary Medical Center cannot accept wildlife until further notice. In the spring, our wildlife caseload (primarily baby rabbits, birds, and fawns) increases dramatically by well-meaning people who attempt to “rescue” small animals they think have been abandoned. If you find young wildlife, the best course of action is to leave it alone or put the young back into a nest if one is present.‚Äč

The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine is one of two United States veterinary colleges with an American Board of Veterinary Practitioners-approved program in both avian medicine and exotic companion mammal medicine. Our Avian, Exotic Animal and Zoological Medicine service is dedicated to the care of exotic and zoological species including pet birds and backyard poultry, ferrets, rabbits, and rodents (e.g. guinea pigs, hamsters, chinchillas, rats), and reptiles, as well as other pet exotic animal species.

Our Avian, Exotic Animal, and Zoological Medicine service includes veterinarians board-certified by either the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Avian Medicine, Exotic Companion Mammal Medicine or the American College of Zoological Medicine. We work closely with other specialists in the Veterinary Medical Center to provide the highest level of care possible for all our patients. In addition to providing advanced monitoring and hospitalization for critical patients, we also are equipped to perform advanced diagnostic and surgical procedures for all exotic and zoological species. The UTCVM diagnostic laboratories have an international reputation for excellence and expertise in avian and exotic species laboratory testing.

Our faculty assist with the healthcare of animals at: