Zoological Medicine Diagnostics & Treatment

The Zoological Medicine team provides the highest quality diagnostic and treatment care for all exotic and non-domestic animals, including Florida indigenous wildlife and non-native exotic pets. They also provide primary veterinary care to regional zoological facilities. Located within the Small Animal Hospital, the team provides veterinary primary and emergency care, advanced diagnostics, and referrals from outside veterinarians.

Species treated include:

  • Birds:  Cockatoos, cockatiels, macaws, amazons, African greys, conures, love birds, doves, toucans, budgies, chickens, ducks, geese, raptors, and other bird species
  • Reptiles : iguanas, bearded dragons, pythons, all tortoises including giant species, venomous snakes
  • Mammals: rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, chinchillas, rodents, ferrets, sugar gliders, large carnivores like tigers, bears, primates
  • Fish and amphibians
  • Exotic hoofstock such as zebra, camels, elephants, giraffes
  • Invertebrates

More Information:

  • Visit the Zoological Medicine webpage to learn more about services offered and information on how to care for your exotic pet.
  • The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine offers an internship and a residency program in Zoological Medicine through the Comparative, Diagnostic, and Population Medicine department.
  • Tissue culture cell lines are an invaluable resource for infectious disease discovery and characterization and comparative biomedical research.  We have a repository of cell lines established from a variety of snake, lizard, chelonian, and crocodilian hosts.
  • Learn more about the CDPM faculty associated with the Zoological Medicine service.

Dr. Kyle Donnelly is examining the oral cavity of a prehensile tailed porcupine while senior student Hayley Bird looks on at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park.


Dr. Kyle Donnelly examines the eye of a hooded vulture while Chelsey Tournade, junior veterinary student, holds the bird at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park.


Junior veterinary students participating in field work with Dr. Alexander.