Exotic Pets

New Zealand’s first and only dedicated Veterinary Hospital for exotic pets and wildlife, staffed by passionate exotics vets. Pet Doctors St Lukes & Exotics opened in October 2015 - a brand new, purpose-built clinic conveniently located in central St Lukes, available 6 days a week.

Our passionate and caring team has a long history of providing high-quality care for exotic pets great and small, so we can help to ensure your pets stay happy and healthy.

Whether you and your pet are coming in for its routine health check, a post-purchase examination, as a referral case or for treatment of a serious illness, we have the staff, experience and equipment to offer the best care for your exotic pet.

Our experience

Vets at our practice treat a huge variety of patients, small mammals, birds (including backyard chickens), reptiles, fish and amphibians. All these special pets have their own anatomy and physiology so treating their illnesses requires knowledge of this diversity – with our long history and experience providing high-quality care to more unique pets, we’re better able to cater for their specialised medical and surgical needs.

We are able to cater for the specialised medical and surgical needs of:

- Birds including backyard chickens
- Lizards
- Turtles & Tortoises
- Rabbits
- Guinea Pigs
- Chinchillas
- Rats and Mice
- Other Small Mammals

Our difference & services

Because exotic pets are so small and unique, special equipment, like our digital mammography machine, are used to show tiny detail as required.

Our service, the hospital environment, the surgical suites and our equipment are all tailored to the specific needs of your exotic pet. We provide a range of services from wing clipping through to:


Referral consultations

Intensive care

Emergency care

Preventative health care

Dental care

In-house laboratory
Digital radiography

Avian surgical sexing

Advanced surgery

Husbandry advice

Dietary advice


Wing, nail & beak trims
Treatment of wildlife