We have a large ward devoted to birds, reptiles and some of the more unusual species we see.
As we see such a wide range of species we have to have a variety of different units to suit their different needs.
Firstly, birds and reptiles require a much higher temperature when poorly so the room is kept at 22-25°C during the day (dropping to 18-19 degrees at night). Temperatures are monitored continuously using maximum-minimum thermometers.
For snakes and lizards we have several secure vivaria with heat and ultra-violet light. All ultra-violet tubes are replaced every six months.
Tortoises have different needs so we have trays with over-hanging ultra-violet- heat combination lamps.
Biosecurity is a huge issue with exotic pets so ensure there is no mixing of equipment between patients – this includes numbered bathing trays so each tortoise has its own bath during it stay. You will also notice that all the units in this room are made from moulded plastic making disinfection and cleaning much easier.
For sick bird we have Aquabrooder critical care units. These use a heated water sleeve to provide a warm humid environment.
We also have a stack of “conventional” units for less critical patients. The bottom unit is a dedicated nebulisation chamber for the many respiratory cases we see.
In addition we will use the dog isolation unit for larger birds, chickens and raptors as they can have more space and this improves biosecurity (and keeps raptors away from the birds that may be scared of them!)