Birch Heath Veterinary Practice - Exotics - Raptors Listing ID: 3617

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Listing Began: Monday, September 21, 2015




Birch Heath Veterinary Clinic is a companion animal, avian and reptile surgery based in the village of Tarporley, near Chester. Our friendly team of veterinary surgeons,veterinary nurses and receptionists welcomes all pets - we aim to ensure animals and their owners feel comfortable from the moment they walk through the door.

We are recognised as one of the best equipped surgeries in the country for treating raptors, parrots, cage & aviary birds, waterfowl, reptiles, rabbits, tortoises, exotic small mammals, zoo and wildlife. Our veterinary surgeons have an international reputation, and have lectured extensively both in the UK and worldwide. Uniquely the practice has outdoor mews for the hospitalisation of raptors and ventilated purpose built parrot wards. Birch Heath has the facilities to hospitalise any small animal, reptile, avian or exotic mammal. And of course - Birch Heath have some rather lovely staff pets!

The practice has extensive experience with raptors and is one of the few veterinary facilities in the world with dedicated mews specifically built to house hospitalised birds outside. The birds are constantly monitored by CCTV. We have all the basic falconry equipment, such as blocks, leather work, hoods and food, necessary to look after your bird.



Our services range from basic health checks including coping, microchipping and worming to the full investigation of ill birds.

We fully understand the 'language of falconry' and Michael Stanford is an author of several chapters, papers and reviews relating to the management and veterinary aspects of raptors. If a bird is not flying well or not maintaining its weight we have the ability to diagnose subtle problems before the disease becomes life threatening. Invariably this will involve faecal and blood analysis carried out in our own laboratory which ensures quick and accurate results. Endoscopy is also an extremely useful procedure in this group of birds particularly as it can provide an instant diagnosis for aspergillosis. Surprisingly it is also an relatively cheap procedure.

The veterinary surgeons work with both captive flying birds in the private practice and wild raptors at the RSPCA (over 800 individual wild birds per annum). Many of the birds have orthopaedic injuries and we are extremely well equipped with specialised external fixators enabling the repair of fractures whilst not compromising the flying ability of the bird. We are also able to advise falconers on the physiotherapy protocols required to improve the speed of recovery.

We are also able to advice on the care and rehabilitation of injured raptors.

For an appointment or referral please call 01829 733777.

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