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Dr. Hilary Stern cares exclusively for birds and exotic animals, and has worked for years at exotic specialty practices in San Jose and Monterey. She went to veterinary school specifically to work with unusual species, and has focused her career on them ever since. We are very excited to finally have an exotics expert right here in Santa Cruz!

Why choose a veterinarian who specializes in exotic pets? Because your unusual pet deserves specialized, knowledgeable care. Simply put, learning to treat hundreds of species of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals properly takes time and dedication. The average veterinarian receives little to no training on bird and exotic animal species in veterinary school. So while there are many fantastic dog and cat veterinarians in Santa Cruz county, there are very few who have the training, skill and equipment needed to properly treat birds and exotic animals.

Our hospital is fully equipped to provide the best in medical, surgical, and wellness care for birds, reptiles, rabbits, rodents, and small pigs. We also offer full-service dentistry for rabbits, rodents, and ferrets. For those patients which need an advanced level of care, we collaborate with board-certified oncologists, ophthalmologists, cardiologists, radiologists, dermatologists, and surgeons to provide the best possible outcome for your pet.


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