Rockford Exotic Pet Medicine And Surgery

exotic pet services in Rockford, IL

Bellwood Animal Hospital is pleased to offer excellent care to many exotic pet species in addition to dogs and cats. Dr. Katie Spoo has always shown a special interest in exotic animals with a particular focus on reptiles. Her interest began during an internship at the Indianapolis Zoo before she attended veterinary school. While acting as an intern at the zoo's veterinary hospital, Dr. Spoo had the privilege to work with many of the hundreds of resident species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, avians and aquatic animals. After her internship, she continued to volunteer at the Indianapolis Zoo's veterinary hospital while working at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center, also in Indiana. The rescue center works to provide excellent habitats and medical care for hundreds of surrendered or seized exotic cats, many of which were abused or kept in appalling conditions prior to their transfer to the park. During veterinary college, Dr. Spoo was a member and officer of the Non-Traditional Species Club, and took many additional courses in exotic animal medicine and surgery as part of her veterinary curriculum. She also completed rotations in the University of Illinois Wildlife and Exotics Service and externships at the Indianapolis Zoo and Brookfield Zoo in Chicago during her fourth year of vet school. Dr. Spoo has also been a member of the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians and the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. She attends continuing education meetings focused on reptile and exotic small mammal medicine and surgery.

exotic pet services in Rockford, IL

Bellwood Animal Hospital is pleased to provide the following services to our exotic species patients: comprehensive physical examination, blood work, cytology, internal medicine, radiology, ultrasound, and surgical services-including dentistry, mass removal, wound treatment, amputation, small mammal spay and neuter, and reptile spay.

Dr. Spoo is available to see patients Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and many Saturdays, and performs surgery on Tuesday mornings. Emergency procedures may be scheduled at any time. Please call to make an appointment at your convenience.

Please view our YouTube video for a demonstration of a comprehensive physical exam on Dr. Spoo's bearded dragon Pai.