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SCAEP is excited to announce that the Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease vaccine is now available for use during regularly scheduled appointments. Please contact our office to schedule an appointment and discuss details. Please review Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease info below:

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The Leading Exotic Animal Clinic
Serving Pet Owners in Buffalo, NY & the Surrounding Areas

At Specialized Care for Avian & Exotic Pets, we are proud to care for exotic pets from Buffalo, Rochester, Batavia, Fredonia, Niagara Falls, Lockport, Jamestown, NY and Erie, PA, as well as everywhere in between! 

We have established ourselves as the only exotic animal clinic dedicated solely to treating and caring for exotic animals. At our exotic animal hospital, we are able to treat birds, small mammals, reptiles, and more! 

Give us a call today to speak with our avian specialist, exotic companion specialist, reptile veterinarian, or our friendly staff for general information. We take pride in being the first choice for many in the Western and Central New York area when they are searching for an exotic animal and bird hospital they can trust.

If you have specific questions for your pet's doctor, we will try to address your concerns within 24-48 hours. All calls and emails are screened by our staff on a daily basis Monday-Saturday and are handled in the order of urgency. Your pet's doctor will not be checking messages when they are not scheduled to be in the office. We are actively searching for another full-time doctor to join our team and should know more about this soon! For your convenience, our current doctor schedule is: 

 Dr. Wade: Appointments Mondays & Fridays, Surgeries on Tuesdays 

Dr. Strobel: Appointments Tuesdays & Thursdays 

Dr. Hess: Appointments Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Surgeries on Thursdays

Dr. Reed: Will only be seeing Fish by Appointment on Tuesdays

Update on Avian Influenza for the Backyard Poultry Flock (March 2023)

Background and Risk:

 Since February, 2022, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) or the “bird flu” has been identified in a number of wild birds and backyard flocks in New York State. Avian influenza (AI) is caused by an influenza type A virus which can infect poultry (such as chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, domestic ducks, geese, and guinea fowl) and is carried by free flying waterfowl such as ducks, geese and shorebirds. Only a small percentage of wild birds will show signs of disease when infected with avian influenza. Monitor your area for unusual illnesses or deaths of waterfowl (ducks, geese), gulls, raptors(hawks, owls), shorebirds, or crows, particularly where multiple birds are involved or showing neurologic signs. For a good overview, see Cornell’s Avian Influenza Fact Sheet ( Avian Influenza is a zoonotic disease and humans can develop illness. However, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the recent HPAI detections in birds do not present an immediate public health concern. At present no human cases of these avian influenza viruses have been detected in the United States. As a reminder, the proper handling and cooking of poultry and eggs to an internal temperature of 165 ˚F kills bacteria and viruses. Anyone involved with poultry production including small backyard flocks should review their biosecurity activities to assure the health of their birds. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has materials about biosecurity, including videos, checklists, and a toolkit available at . An excellent fact sheet is available at: 

Recommendations for poultry owners: 

1. Prevent contact between pet birds and wild birds and keep birds inside the coop when waterfowl are migrating. 

2. Observe flocks for signs of illness. HPAI causes many birds to die at the same time and those remaining in the flock will appear sick. An individual bird coughing or sneezing is not a cause for worry. Sick birds will be inactive, act sleepy and stop eating. 

3. If a sudden death occurs in a flock (2-3 dead birds out of a flock of 10), multiple birds paralyzed at the same time or with twisted necks, contact your veterinarian, the State Veterinarian or the USDA (866.536.7593). 

4. Always practice good biosecurity which means keeping disease away from the flock. AI is spread in feces, oral/nasal/respiratory secretions, on dead animals, shoes, clothing, equipment, and contaminated feed, water and feathers. It survives a long time in feces and aquatic environments and resists refrigeration and freezing. 

5. Have dedicated clothing and footwear to wear only when taking care of birds. At a minimum, change shoes before entering the coop. This is especially important if you work with wildlife or have companion parrots (use separate shoes for the yard/coop and do not bring them inside the house). Wash hands after working with poultry. 

6. If owners hunt migratory waterfowl or golf, have someone else take care of the flock for a period of 72 hours after potential exposure to wild birds.

 For more information: For the latest cases, see the USDA website at: 

This fact sheet was compiled by Dr. Laura Wade for clients of Specialized Care for Avian & Exotic Pets in conjunction with the following contributors: the NYS Wildlife Health Program and the NYSDEC Wildlife Health Unit, the Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the University of Minnesota Raptor Center (April 2022).

Exotic Animal Clinic

Serving Patients Throughout Buffalo, Batavia, Rochester, Fredonia, Niagara Falls, Lockport, NY & Erie, PA

We are the first and only practice in Western New York, Eastern Ohio, and Western Pennsylvania exclusively devoted to the care of avian and exotic pets!

Dr. Wade (Board Certified Avian Specialist), Dr. Hess, and Dr. Strobel work together in the treatment of avian species, small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish.

Your pet's health and well-being is our main priority and concern. Our team promises to take every step necessary to giving your pet the best possible care. Contact our team when you are looking for an exotic animal clinic serving the Buffalo, NY; Batavia, NY; Fredonia, NY; Rochester, NY; Niagara Falls, NY; Lockport, NY; and Erie, PA areas. 

WHAT ARE AVIAN & EXOTIC PETS? Our patients include but are not limited to:

  • Birds - canaries/finches, budgerigars/parakeets, parrots of all species (including parrotlets, lovebirds, conures, quaker parrots, african grey parrots, cockatiels, cockatoos, macaws, etc), chickens and turkeys, ducks and geese, doves and pigeons, and many more...

  • Small mammals - rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, sugar gliders, flying squirrels, hedgehogs, chinchillas, degus, rats, gerbils, mice, hamsters, prairie dogs, and more!

  • Reptiles/Amphibians - bearded dragons, chinese water dragons, iguanas, chameleons, geckos, monitors, skinks, non-venomous snake species, aquatic turtles, box turtles, tortoises, frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, axolotls, all species of fish, tarantulas, hermit/other crabs, scorpions, and more!

Dr. Laura Wade | Dr. Jeff Hess | Dr. Kristen Strobel


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