Welcome to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois

Small Animal Services

Exotics/Zoological Medicine

Appointment Times

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday and Thursday

For consultations or appointments, contact:

Kim Byrne, CVT, 217-265-6437



  • Wellness examinations
  • Husbandry consultations
  • Vaccines
  • Complete diagnostics
  • Sexing, spay/neuter, egg-binding, and other reproductive procedures

Special Capabilities

  • Emergency service staff specially trained in handling and care of exotic pets
  • After-hours diagnostics
  • Intensive care for exotic pets: incubator, oxygen support, fluid therapy, nutrition support, access to full pharmacy for exotics
  • Radiologists, ophthalmologists, surgical specialists trained in exotic care
  • Real-time diagnostic testing, including hematology, radiology, cytology
  • Advanced diagnostic imaging: CT, MRI, digital radiography


R. Avery BennettR. Avery Bennett, DVM, MS, DACVS • Surgery of exotic animals, oncologic surgery, microsurgery, minimally invasive surgery.

Mark A. MitchellMark A. Mitchell, DVM, MS, PhD • Invertebrate, fish, amphibian, reptile, avian and non-domestic mammal medicine and surgery, as well as conservation medicine and clinical issues in nondomestic species.

Julia K. WhittingtonJulia K. Whittington, DVM • Avian and exotic animal medicine, wildlife medicine and conservation.

Additional Staff

  • Kim Byrne, CVT