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Avian vet near me: Find your local bird vet

The easiest way to discover avian vets or exotic bird vets is to use our find a vet tool. Simply click the link, enter your postcode, and click on the list of nearby vets until you find one which is listed as exotic friendly (you may need to click on more info for each veterinary practice). Alternatively, you can try our referrals guide. In this case, select the pull-down menu called referral services and select avian. 

How do I find an avian vet near me?

You may have to travel to find an avian vet with the right skills and experience, but it’s vital to be registered with a practice in case your pet bird needs treatment. Even if they don’t provide care for your exotic birds themselves, most vets will be happy to recommend a practice that does.

If you don’t manage to find a nearby avian vet using our find a vet tool, try the Parrot Society's list of avian vets by county or this resource from the charity Birdline UK. Another good resource is the RCVS find a vet page. Filter your search by 'animals treated' to find practices that treat birds..

Here's a helpful table that summaries all the places you can find an avian vet:

Handy guide to finding a bird vet

Method Description Link
Find a Vet Tool Enter your postcode to find nearby vets, look for those listed as 'exotic friendly'. Find a Vet
Referrals Guide Use the pull-down menu, select 'referral services', and choose 'avian'. Referrals Guide
Parrot Society List A list of avian vets by county, provided by the Parrot Society. Parrot Society Vets
Birdline UK Resource A resource from the charity Birdline UK for finding avian vets. Birdline UK Avian Vets
RCVS Search for practices that treat 'birds' to find experienced avian vets. RCVS find a vet
Online Vets Service Speak to a vet online for advice and guidance. Online Vets

In the UK, many avian vets have a certificate in exotic animal medicine and surgery — while others simply have lots of experience in dealing with birds.

You'll want your avian vet to know everything there is to know — but when you think about the vast range of animals that can be kept as pets, that’s a lot to ask. It’s no wonder avian vets and veterinary care for exotic birds can be hard to come by.

Things to think about when choosing an avian vet

Once you’ve found yourself an avian vet or practice that offers care for pet birds, you might want to ask yourself these questions before registering your bird:

  • Is the veterinary practice in a convenient location, easy to travel to and close to your home?
  • Do the staff have a friendly, caring and professional manner?
  • Are they qualified, knowledgeable and experienced when it comes to exotic bird care?
  • Do they provide daytime and out-of-hours care?
  • Are the surgery and reception area clean and tidy?
  • Does the vet explain things in a way that’s easy to understand?
  • Is there parking nearby, or good public transport links?

Find your nearest exotic bird vet using our find a vet page, or speak to a vet online using our online vets service. For more information on visiting a vet click here.

What exactly is an exotic pet?

The term exotic is used to describe all sorts of mammals, birds and reptiles, including:

  • Budgies, cockatiels and parrots
  • Tortoises, terrapins and turtles
  • Geckos, bearded dragons and other lizards
  • Snakes such as corn snakes, and other pet snakes
  • Spiders, scorpions and other arachnids
  • Exotic fish