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What is Avian, Exotic, and Zoological Medicine?

​​At this time, we are NOT recommending vaccination of pet/companion rabbits against Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV2). The vaccine is neither approved nor readily available in the USA, and the disease is exceedingly rare in pet/companion rabbits. 

Please view this RHDV2 factsheet​ from the USDA, which discusses best practices to prevent infection and provides other important facts about the disease.

The avian, exotic, and zoological medicine service offers the highest quality diagnostic and treatment care for pet birds, reptiles, and small exotic mammals such as ferrets, mice, rats, hedgehogs, sugar gliders, guinea pigs, chinchillas, and rabbits.

We are one of only a few zoological medicine services in operation at veterinary colleges worldwide.

Our faculty have more than 40 years experience caring for exotic animals.


 Sick or Injured Wildlife


Do NOT bring wild animals to the hospital.

For help with a sick, injured, or aggressive skunk, raccoon, bat, fox, or coyote, call Animal Protection and Control, (970) 226-3647, Ext. 7. Do not touch the animal or try to intervene; these species may carry rabies.

For other injured wildlife species, nuisance wildlife, or orphaned wildlife, call Colorado Parks and Wildlife, (970) 472-4300 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-​Friday. After hours, call Colorado State Patrol, (303) 239-4501.

Working in conjunction with other specialty services within the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (internal medicine, soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery, anesthesia, cardiology, dermatology, neurology, oncology, and ophthalmology), we offer world-class care for our patients.

Our service also partners with several local and regional organizations that care for avian and exotic animals.

Animals we commonly treat include:

​We are fully integrated into the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which means we have access to all of the state-of-the-art equipment and expertise in all of our specialty areas, such as Anesthesia and Pain Management and Diagnostic Imaging. This allows us to provide comprehensive care for your animal.

Iguana in the avian, exotics, zoological medicine

 Stray Animal Policy


Stray animal policy

If you find a stray animal, please call the
Larimer Humane Society, 3501 E​. 74th St., Loveland, (Map​​), (970) 226-3647.

Please DO NOT bring stray animals to the hospital during these hours:
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

The hospital will accept stray animals when the Humane Society is closed:
Monday-Friday 6 p.m.-8 a.m.
Saturday-Sunday 4 p.m.-8 a.m.​​​​​

Contact Us:
Colorado State University
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
300 West Drake Road
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80523

(970) 297-5000

(970) 297-1205

Consults & Referrals:
(970) 297-4477