Weekly Feature



2012-09-19 / Business

Vet practice specializes in birds, exotic pets

by ANDREA KIMBRIEL
Editor


Erie County Legislator Edward A. Rath III presents a certificate to Dr. Laura Wade in honor of her business opening in Clarence Hollow during his visit to the facility on Aug. 27 as part of his “25 Businesses in 25 Days” tour. Erie County Legislator Edward A. Rath III presents a certificate to Dr. Laura Wade in honor of her business opening in Clarence Hollow during his visit to the facility on Aug. 27 as part of his “25 Businesses in 25 Days” tour. Dr. Laura Wade is one of two local veterinarians who hold board certification in bird medicine. She opened Specialized Care for Avian and Exotic Pets in July at 10882 Main St., Clarence.

Her practice doesn’t treat dogs and cats, but instead serves birds, rabbits, rodents, reptiles, amphibians and fish. Her associate, Dr. Evan J. Reed, specializes in amphibians and fish.

Wade, who studied at Cornell University and did her residency at an exotic pets veterinary office in New York City, said she wanted to offer a place designed for clients with birds and exotic pets. Rabbit owners don’t have to worry about a barking dog in the waiting room, and bird owners don’t have to be nervous about a cat going by, she said.

She estimated that birds are probably 50 percent of her patients and rabbits about 30 percent. She also works with native wildlife.

The practice also offers pet boarding. Wade said the technicians and office manager have expertise in exotic pets, having them themselves or having worked at exotic pet stores or shelters.

She takes referrals from as far away as Rochester and Erie, Pa.

Reed said he’s been interested in fish since he was little and has had aquariums since he was seven or eight.

People may not be aware of the medicine available for fish; for example, they can be anesthetized for procedures, he said.

“The biggest thing I think fish owners should be aware of is that a lot of diseases look the same on first presentation,” he said, saying that’s why diagnostics by someone with proper training are important.

More information about Specialized Care for Avian and Exotic Pets is available by calling 759-0144 or visiting www.buffalo birdnerd.com.

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