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Exotic & Zoological Medicine

Welcome to Exotic and Zoological Medicine!

Here at the clinic, we have the team and equipment to handle a wide variety of exotic animals. In the hospital, there is a separate ward to examine these animals away from dogs and cats, as well as a separate ward to hospitalize them.


Our Team Consists of:

Dr. Bianca Zaffarano

Dr. June Olds

Sara Ledvina



Exotic Medicine 

What kind of exotic animals do we treat?

We see a wide variety of animals! Everything from all reptiles to all birds, pot-bellied pigs, pocket pets such as sugar gliders, hedgehogs, rabbits, chinchillas, ferrets, guinea pigs, degus, hamsters, and gerbils.


What are the services offered for exotic animals?

We offer routine care as well as advanced diagnostics and surgery (including CT, MRI, orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, endoscopy, radiographs, blood work, and ultrasound.)


Do you have an appointment? Click here to find a pet history form to fill out before your pet's exam!


Questions about your exotic pet? Click here for a variety of pet care sheets!



Zoological Medicine

Dr. Olds with Student, working on Wallaby

What is Zoological Medicine?

Zoological medicine is the care of zoo animals, wildlife, aquatic animals, and non-domestic companion animals, just to name a few.


Who treats zoo animals?

In addition to being a primary care clinician at LVMC, Dr. Olds is also the veterinarian at Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines. This gives students a great opportunity to learn more about treating animals in this field, ranging from lions to seals, and anything in between.