Exotic Pet Care

Village Veterinary Medical Center features trained technical staff. Our doctors are board certified in avian practice and residency trained in exotic pets and zoo animals.

Species we see:

  • Birds - parrots, passerines, poultry, ducks, doves
  • Small mammals - rabbits, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, sugar gliders, rats/mice, hamster, ferret, prairie dog, chinchilla
  • Reptiles
  • Amphibians
  • Fish
  • Invertebrates
  • Other - kinkajou, coatimundi, serval, caracal, permitted wildlife

Services we offer:

  • Annual wellness visits including physical exams, routine blood work and vaccinations as recommended
  • Specialized dental care
  • Soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, including spay and neuter
  • Emergency care and hospitalization
  • Advanced imaging (digital radiographs and ultrasound)
  • Behavior and husbandry consultation
  • Boarding in exotics-only ward

Katherine Baine, DVM, DABVP Avian Practice

Dr. Baine graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. After graduation she completed a small animal rotating internship at Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners in Tampa, FL and subsequently completed a 3-year Avian and Exotic Companion Mammal Residency at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She obtained board certification from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Avian Practice. Dr. Baine was awarded the AAV Donald W Zantop Emerging Leader Award in 2015. Previous awards include AAV Resident Manuscript Winner 2013, AAV Student Manuscript Winner 2009, and Phi Zeta Excellence in Animal Health Research Award 2013. She has authored and co-authored over 15 publications including studies evaluating medication use in avian patients. Her special interests include preventative medicine, behavior, and surgery.


Knoxville guinea pig rescue

Phoenix landing

Ripley’s Aquarium

American Eagle Foundation

Parrot Mountain and Gardens

Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV), Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV), Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV)

“The entire staff truly cares about the health and quality of life of their client’s pets... and the awareness of the feelings of the pet owner. In this day of awful or non-existent “customer service,” this Clinic proves daily that care and compassion can come naturally. One could not ask for more... ”

—Judy, Vonore, TN

“From the greeting you receive opening the double doors into the bright airy reception, to the detailed, kind compassionate care given to every animal and their humans, you will feel as if you have come home to your pet’s family.”

—Linda Willard

“The caliber of the medical staff is exceptional. Even going beyond the education and the experience of the staff is their philosophy of superior patient care. The staff treats our pets as they would their own.”

—Gerry Wright

“I have complete confidence in the judgment of the veterinarians. They have gotten to know me and my feelings are considered when treatment options are presented with the final decision being mine.”

—Nancy Tennison