Unusual Pet and Avian Veterinarians

Unusual Pets and Avian Veterinarians (UPAV) special interest group (SIG) was formed in 2013, bringing together two separate veterinary groups which shared similar interests.


This new group specialises in the changing face of pets in Australia. The group promotes discussion about the medicine and surgery of pet species other than dogs and cats.

‘Unusual Pets and Avian Veterinarians’ refers to snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs, native Australian mammals, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and mice, ferrets and even tarantulas! Avian, of course, relates to all of our feathered friends.

With changes in licensing laws and people’s lifestyles, the choice of family pet might not be a dog or cat, but one of another dozen species. The increase in ownership of unusual pets has resulted in a corresponding need for veterinarians to feel competent with the treatment of pets not traditionally covered in the undergraduate curriculum.

Become a member

You must be a member of the Australian Veterinary Association to join. Join online or contact AVA national office on 1300 137 309.

UPAV member benefits include:

  • quarterly newsletter
  • email discussion group providing practical and professional support
  • continuing professional development at the AVA and UPAV annual conferences
  • conference proceedings
  • discounted publications.

To find out more about unusual and exotic or avian pets visit the Vet Ed library.  

The Anne Martin Memorial Student scholarship 2018 (applications are now closed). If you require further information, please contact the AVA Office.

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