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Exotic and Bird Clinic of New England - Specialized Veterinary Care for Birds, Reptiles & Small Exotic Mammals

  • [email protected]
  • 603-529-4999
  • 91 N. Stark Highway Weare, NH 03281
    (Weare Animal Hospital)
  • Appointments
  • Hopkinton Animal Hospital - Exotic pets and birds can also be seen at Hopkinton Animal Hospital, 1325 Hopkinton Road Hopkinton, NH 03229 Phone 603-487-6447

Veterinary Care for Reptiles and Amphibians

Photo of staff holding a pet lizard at the Exotic and Bird Clinic of New England. The lizard is treated by the Exotic and Bird Clinic of New England, which provides specialized veterinary services required by pet reptiles and amphibians such as bearded dragons, water dragons, iguanas, geckos, boas, pythons, kingsnakes, turtles, tortoises, and more.

We treat a variety of reptiles and amphibians; ranging from bearded dragons to tree frogs to skinks. Commonly seen reptiles and amphibians include:

  • Bearded Dragons
  • Water Dragons
  • Iguanas
  • Geckos
  • Tegus
  • Uromastyx
  • Chameleons
  • Skinks
  • Legless lizards
  • Boas
  • Pythons
  • Kingsnakes.
  • Tree frogs
  • Axolotls
  • Turtles
  • Tortoises

Common Medical Problems

Diet and management are the cause of most medical problems with reptiles and amphibians. A thorough history of your feeding practices, terrarium humidity and heat, and lighting significantly helps in locating areas of improvement for your pet. For aquatic pets, water testing is vital. Other issues such as breeding and hibernation can also be investigated if needed. Early intervention and diagnosis of problems increase the likelihood of success. We recommend examining your reptile shortly after you purchase them to start your pet’s life off to a good start. After that annual or semiannual examinations help maintain your pet at optimal health.

Common problems we commonly encounter are:

  • Metabolic bone disease
  • Poor shedding
  • Thermal burns
  • Mouth infections
  • Abscesses
  • Egg retention

Diagnostics and Therapies

We have the ability to diagnose many diseases for your reptile or amphibian.


Complete blood count and organ function testing - We have invested in lab equipment that handles the small volumes of blood that are available from these pets. Most times we can have results within 30 minutes. Prompt diagnosis can means the difference between life and death in a heavily compromised reptile or amphibian pet.

Stool parasite examinations - Many intestinal parasites do not cause issues in a healthy pet. But when there is another disease concern, these parasites can cause issues. We are able to microscopically examine your pet’s droppings to make an accurate determination whether anti-parasite medications should be used.

X-rays - Our digital radiology system calibrates down to the smaller size of many of our exotic patients. The high resolution that digitial x-rays provide allows us to better diagnose bone fractures and masses so we can get your reptile or amphibian the medical care they need.

Disease DNA testing - We partner with outside laboratories that can look for the ‘DNA fingerprint’ of many reptile and amphibian viruses and fungi. The sample size we need is miniscule and almost all the time can be noninvasively obtained.

Ultrasound - Ultrasound can be used on many of our exotic pets and allows us to see inside organs within your pet’s body. Ultrasound is noninvasive and nonpainful but can yield us enormous diagnostic information.

Laparoscopic exams - When needed, we can use minimally invasive laparoscope to visualize inside your pet’s body, perform some surgeries, and obtain tissue samples for biopsy.


Intensive care - We have the equipment, knowledge, and experience to provide intensive care hospitalization for your pet. When a reptile and amphibian patient is severely ill and compromised, intensive care can be lifesaving.

Surgery - We routinely perform surgery on reptiles and amphibians. We participated in a study at the New Boston Air Station where we implanted radio transmitters in over 50 threatened Eastern Hognose Snakes. Tumor removals, lancing of abscesses, and biopsies are other common surgeries we perform.

Medicinal preparations - We carry medications that are routinely used in reptiles and amphibians and we routinely compound these medications to meet the size of our patients.

Pain management - Although still in its infancy, pain control for reptiles and amphibians is recommended. We use the latest research and case studies to minimize the pain your pet may be encountering.

Parasite control - Parasites are a fact of life in reptiles and amphibians. When indicated, we carry a number of effective parasite medications.

Appointments for Birds and Exotic Pets

Give us a call at 603-529-2473 to schedule an appointment. Or, click the button below to access an online appointment request form.

Request Appointment

Pets We Treat

  • BIRDS (cockatiels, parrots, finches, macaws, cockatoos, parakeets, conures)
  • SMALL MAMMALS or "Pocket Pets" (rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, chinchillas, rats, hedgehogs, hamsters, mice, gerbils, sugar gliders, and other small rodents)
  • LIZARDS (bearded dragons, water dragons, tegus, uromastyx, geckos, chameleons)
  • SNAKES (boas, pythons, kingsnakes, and more)
  • OTHER PETS (fish including koi and goldfish, some invertebrates, turtles and tortoises, salamanders, frogs, toads, newts and others)

Our Family of Veterinary Clinics

The Exotic and Bird Clinic of New England is part of our family of veterinary healthcare facilities focused on delivering the highest quality of full-service care for all your pet’s needs.

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The Exotic and Bird Clinic of New England is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association because we hold ourselves to a higher standard of veterinary medicine


Hours and Directions to the Clinic

Access to highly trained and accredited medical care is often limited to metropolitan areas. Now you have an option.

The Exotic and Bird Clinic of New England is located approximately two hours away from Boston, Portland ME, Burlington VT and Providence RI. Located in beautiful, rural New Hampshire, the Exotic and Bird Clinic of New England can be your destination on an enjoyable, stress-free drive.

We are part of the Weare Animal Hospital, a general animal care practice. Exotic pets and birds can also be seen at our sister facility, Hopkinton Animal Hospital.

Weare Animal Hospital Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 7:30am to 7:30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 7:30am to 6pm
Saturday: 8am to noon

Weare Animal Hospital Location:
91 North Stark Highway
Weare, NH 03281
Directions to Weare Animal Hospital.

Hopkinton Animal Hospital Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 7:30am to 6:00pm
Wednesday: 7:30am to 7:30pm

Hopkinton Animal Hospital Location:
1325 Hopkinton Road
Hopkinton, NH 03229
Phone: 603-487-6447
Directions to Hopkinton Animal Hospital