Small Mammals/Exotics

Practice Building
Are Exotics a Fit for Me?
Part 1: Development of the Exotics Practice

The quality of exotic pet medicine has increased dramatically over the last decade, which is illustrated by the appearance of board-certified specialists for exotic animals and increasing numbers of high quality articles in the peer-reviewed veterinary literature. However, the decision whether to incorporate exotic pets into a practice should be made carefully

AHS Heartworm Hotline: Diagnosis, Treatment, & Prevention of Heartworm Disease in Ferrets

Bianca Zaffarano, DVM Iowa State University The Heartworm Hotline column is presented in partnership between Today’s Veterinary Practice and the American Heartworm Society ( The goal of the column is to communicate practical and timely information on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heartworm disease, as well as highlight current topics related to heartworm research and …

Imaging Essentials: Avian Radiography

Danielle Mauragis, CVT, and Daniel VanderHart, DVM, Diplomate ACVR Avian radiography has unique challenges. Learn avian specific techniques, positioning, collimation, and evaluation of image quality. Imaging Essentials provides comprehensive information on small animal radiography techniques, and the series has addressed the majority of anatomic areas in canine and feline patients, from the head and spine to …

Today’s Technician: Safe & Humane Handling of Small Mammal Patients

Valarie V. Tynes, DVM, Diplomate ACVB While many veterinarians and veterinary technicians are filled with trepidation when small mammal or exotic patients are presented for evaluation, handling these pets does not have to be difficult. Many veterinarians and veterinary technicians are filled with trepidation when small mammal or exotic patients are presented for evaluation. However, …

Lymphoma in Ferrets: A Diagnostic Challenge

Natalie Antinoff, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian Practice) Ferret lymphosarcoma can occur anywhere in the body and clinical presentation and diagnostic results may vary, leading to incorrect diagnosis. A detailed review of the diagnostic approach to this common ferret disease is presented as well as the current challenges with regard to staging and grading for treatment …

Today’s Technician
Venipuncture in Exotic Companion Mammals

Amanda M. Maddamma, RVT, and Angela M. Lennox, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian) Blood collection for diagnostic testing can be a challenge in exotic companion mammals, especially in smaller species. However, today’s technological advancements allow us to gain valuable information even with limited sample volume. In all cases, sample quality and minimal volume requirements must be … Protection Status