Quakertown Veterinary Clinic treats and cares for various exotic species. We would like to welcome Dr. Kimberly Mickley to QVC! She is our new avian exotic doctor! She will be accepting exotic appointments throughout the week and Saturday appointments are also available. If you have an emergency, please call so we can help you determine if your pet needs to be seen immediately or come in through our emergency service.
Dr. Mickley is 1 of 4 board certified avian veterinarians in the state of Pennsylvania. She was a licensed veterinary technician for several years before pursuing her goal of becoming a veterinarian. She graduated from Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in Ames, Iowa. After graduation, she completed a small animal rotating internship at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, MA. After the internship, she went on to complete a residency program in avian-exotic medicine and surgery at Angell. This experience helped her gain additional experience and knowledge with exotic pets.
Dr. Mickley strives for the best care possible for these critters that mean so much to us. After all, they are part of our family, our friends, our companions.
Dr. Mickley treats and cares for various exotic species including:
- All types of birds
- Guinea pigs
- Non-venomous snakes
Some of the services we provide include:
- Annual health or wellness exams
- Diagnosis and management of medical and behavioral problems
- Emergency services
- Dental services
- Spaying/neutering/soft tissue surgery
- Digital radiographs
Some of the medical and behavioral issues we treat and manage with exotic pets include:
- Respiratory issues
- Reproductive issues
- Soft tissue injuries
- Dental problems including abscesses
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Some cancerous diseases
- Urinary issues
- Husbandry issues
- Nutritional issues
- Eye problems
Why Should I Take My Bird To A Veterinarian?
Most people who purchase a bird are looking for a long-term, satisfying relationship with their bird. An avian veterinarian can have a vital role in this relationship.
Your Avian Veterinarian Can Help You:
- Decide what type of bird is the right choice for you and your family. Even before you purchase a bird an avian veterinarian can help you distinguish between the characteristics and requirements of various birds. In addition, the avian veterinarian may be a source for established breeders and avian rescue groups. This information may assist you in choosing the bird that fits your lifestyle and home best.
- Start with a healthy bird. Everyone seems to know that when you purchase a dog or a cat that it should be taken to the veterinarian to be “checked out.” But, not everyone thinks that this should be done for birds. A “first time check up” for your bird is needed. It is needed not only to protect your financial and emotional investment in the bird, but to also protect other birds, pets and humans in the home. Many bird diseases that can harm others may not be obvious to see. Ask your veterinarian about screening for chlamydiosis, bacteria, parasites and some viral diseases.
- Learn how to house and feed your new bird. Your avian veterinarian can help you determine the kind of accessories to buy your bird- the cage, water utensils, safe toys. In addition, your veterinarian can educate you about what type of diet your bird needs.
- Have a well trained, responsive bird. Most avian veterinarians offer behavior modification programs where the bird and owner learn together that biting, screaming, feather picking and other vices are not acceptable in the home environment. With time, patience and commitment you and your bird should have an enjoyable relationship with each other.
- Establish normal medical criteria. It is useful to have your avian veterinarian establish “normal” test values and other medical criteria for an individual bird so that any signs of illness can be detected and treated early.
Please call us at (215) 536-6245 with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment.