Avian & Exotic Pet Medicine

About Avian & Exotic Pet Medicine at AMC

AMC’s Avian and Exotic Pet Service was established in 1984 as the first specialty service for exotic pets in New York City and the surrounding metropolitan area. We provide state-of-the-art medical and surgical care for all different types of pets, including birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, small rodents, and reptiles. We offer routine preventative health care as well as specialty care, and we are the premier referral service for birds and exotic pets in the tri-state area. Our staff of veterinarians and technicians is highly experienced and trained in all aspects of avian and exotic pet medicine.

The AMC Difference

Because we work directly with other board certified veterinarians in the specialty services offered at AMC, we can provide comprehensive consultation and care for your bird or exotic pet unavailable anywhere else in the NYC metropolitan area. These services include: Orthopedic and Soft Tissue Surgery, Cardiology, Ophthalmology, Dentistry, Anesthesia, Critical Care, Dermatology, Neurology, Oncology, and Interventional Radiology.

rDVM Referrals

To refer a case, please log in to our Referral Portal or visit our Referral Form and Procedures. Please instruct pet owners to call 212-838-8100 to schedule an appointment. Email all medical records and diagnostic test results to Client.services@amcny.org at the time of referral.

Types of animals we care for:

  • Companion birds
  • Rabbits
  • Rodents (rats, mice, prairie dogs, chinchillas, guinea pigs, degus, hamsters, gerbils)
  • Ferrets
  • Reptiles (non-venomous)
  • Other small mammals (sugar gliders, hedgehogs)
  • Miniature pigs
  • Amphibians
  • Fish & Aquatic Invertebrates (non-venomous) – Special requests with Dr. Latney only

Routine Care

  • Wellness examinations
  • Nutrition, husbandry, and enrichment consultations
  • Routine blood tests
  • Molecular and serologic diagnostic testing for infectious diseases
  • Ferret vaccinations
  • DNA sexing for birds
  • Microchip placement for most species
  • Routine grooming for birds (wing, nail, and beak trim)
  • Routine grooming for small mammals (fur mat removal, combing, shaving, nail trim, ear cleaning)
  • Routine spay and neuter
  • General (Domestic) health certificates
  • International travel health certificates (performed by USDA certified veterinarians only)

Specialized Care

  • Hospitalization (incubators, heat support, oxygen therapy, 24/7 clinical veterinary care)
  • General and advanced Diagnostic Imaging, including:
    • Digital radiography
    • Ultrasonography
    • Computed tomography (CT) with rapid image acquisition (with various sedation options)
    • Fluoroscopy
    • Endoscopy
  • In-house cytology
  • In-house lead testing
  • Corrective beak trims for birds and turtles/tortoises
  • Routine and advanced dentistry for rabbits, rodents, ferrets, and miniature pigs
  • Hormone treatment: Lupron injections and Deslorelin implants
  • Specialized and emergency surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery options
  • Interventional radiology
  • Corrective and routine hoof trims for miniature pigs

Our Team

Dr. Katherine Quesenberry of the Animal Medical Center in New York City


Service Head of Avian & Exotic Pet Medicine
Chief Medical Officer


Resident Veterinarian

DVM, DECZM (Zoo Health Management), DABVP (Reptile & Amphibian), CertAqV

Senior Veterinarian

DVM, DABVP (Avian)

Senior Veterinarian


Senior Veterinarian