Zoological Medicine

The Zoological Medicine service examines over 1200 client-owned animals, and approximately 1800 wildlife cases each year. The wildlife cases primarily include raptors, waterfowl, songbirds, squirrels, rabbits, opossums and turtles.


The team of health care professionals that make up the LSU SVM Zoological Medicine Service has a focus of total health care for your bird, reptile, or small exotic companion animal. We not only provide quality health care for the patient but also place significant emphasis on client education as it relates to the husbandry and dietary needs of the diverse species treated. Client education brochures and food samples are commonly provided to clients as a way of reinforcing the information discussed during the visit. An office visit includes a complete physical examination along with a comprehensive examination of the patient’s environment, diet, and husbandry requirements that will affect the animal’s quality of life and long term health.


Certain animals cannot be examined, admitted or treated by the LSU VTH due to liability and safety issues. These include privately owned wild carnivores (including, but not limited to, lions, tigers, cougars, bobcats, bears, wolves, wolf hybrids, skunks, raccoons, river otters, coyotes, and foxes), primates, bats, and venomous reptiles. Wildlife rehabilitators or falconers presenting cases to the LSU VTH must have the appropriate permits.


Please visit the species pages for additional services and procedures provided by the Zoological Medicine Service. Please contact us at (225) 578-9600 to inquire about all of our services or schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you and your pet.