Most of our Village Vet vets have lots of experience with exotic pets, and in particular rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and gerbils. We are also lucky enough to have a number of clients with more unusual pets, so we have set up an exotics clinic at our Hampstead practice run by Dr Alisa Rassin.
Alisa’s interest in exotics stated in 2007 when she travelled through Central America and fell in love with exotic pets and wildlife medicine. Upon her return to Philadelphia, she started a Veterinary and Biomedical science program at Penn State, and after that, she went to the Veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania. During her studies, Alisa volunteered and worked with the shelter medicine club gaining surgical experience and with the Exotics medicine and surgery department. She then stayed on for an intensive year-long internship with the Exotics department at the University of Pennsylvania after graduation. Her special interests include small mammal and reptile medicine and surgery.
Alisa offers routine health checks and husbandry advice, neutering, dental treatment, diagnostics, and specialised hospitalisation and treatment facilities for exotic patients. We are fully equipped to care for exotic patients and have at our disposal: vivarium, incubator/ ICU unit, nebuliser, isoflurane vaporiser, pulse oximeter, doppler, dental kit for small mammals, radiology, ultrasound, pathology, laboratory and endoscopy equipment.
Our exotic clinic service is backed-up by the Vet24 emergency and critical care clinic in Hampstead such that any patients requiring ongoing care will benefit from round-the-clock supervision by a critical care vet and nurse.