Avian and Exotic Pets

Cockatiels, tortoises, and rabbits—oh my!

The Avian and Exotic Pets Department at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital – Los Angeles, provides comprehensive seven day comprehensive care for­ pet rabbits, ferrets, lizards, rats, hamsters, cockatoos, tortoises, macaws, snakes, parrots, turtles, newts, and other wonderful exotic creatures.

Just like dogs and cats, avian and exotic pets should be seen for routine wellness exams. This is extremely important for pets such as birds and rabbits who tend to hide signs of illness. Even subtle differences in their behavior, such as decreased appetite and activity levels, should be addressed as soon as possible.

In addition to routine care such as beak and nail trims, yearly medical examinations are more likely to identify problems before they become life-threatening.

Our Avian and Exotic Pet doctors, Dr. Karen Schachterle and Dr. Anthony Pilny (shown below) can also perform advanced procedures such as ultrasound, CT, MRI, and endoscopy, including working with other ACCESS specialists to ensure your avian and exotic pet always has access to cutting-edge, high-quality treatment, care and compassion.

In addition, Dr’s Schachterle and Pilny ­are on call 24×7 to provide their unique qualifications, experience and skills to assist the ACCESS Emergency and Critical Care team if required

In short, they’re here for you and your unique pet.


South Bay

2551 W. 190th St., Torrance, CA 90504

Tel: (310) 320-8300 - Fax: (424) 293-7254

Los Angeles

9599 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

Tel: (310) 558-6100 - Fax: (310) 558-6199

San Fernando Valley

20051 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Tel: (818) 887-2262 - Fax: (818) 704-0323

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