Avian and Exotic Pets

Cockatiels, tortoises, and rabbits—oh my!

Our Avian & Exotics Department at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital – Los Angeles offers care for a variety of species including birds, reptiles, amphibians, rodents, and rabbits.

Our exotics doctor, Dr. Karen Schachterle (shown below) is available for appointments and is on-call for your emergencies. Our Avian & Exotics department is supported by our Emergency and Critical Care service, making it possible to care for your pet 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Just like a dog and cat, your exotic pets should also be seen by a veterinarian for routine wellness exams. This is extremely important for certain exotic pets such as birds and rabbits, that tend to hide signs of illness. Even subtle differences in their behavior, such as decreased appetite and activity levels, should be addressed by an exotics veterinarian as soon as possible.

Through yearly exams and blood work, we are more likely to identify problems before they become life-threatening. In addition to routine care such as beak and nail trims, our exotics department can also perform advanced procedures such as ultrasound, CT, MRI, and endoscopy.

By working with all the other specialists at ACCESS, we are able to provide the highest-quality of care for your exotic pet. We are proud to offer this new service to the exotic pet community of Los Angeles, and look forward to taking care of your furry, feathered, or scaled companions!


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

Central Valley

4300 Easton Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93309

Tel: (661) 281-1320 - Fax: (661) 302-4193

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