Zoo, Exotics, Wildlife Medicine
Please view our Wet Lab
page for more information about registration and the wet
The Zoo, Exotics, & Wildlife
Medicine Club was established within the Texas A&M College of
Veterinary Medicine in the Spring Semester of 1996. The goal
was to accommodate the rising interest in non-traditional medicine
within the student body. We represent six different aspects
of exotic animal medicine including aquatic, avian, reptile, small
mammal, wildlife, and zoological medicine. To provide the
best information possible to our members, our officers represent
the following organizations at conferences and events:
• AAV (Association of Avian
• AAWV (American Association of
• AAZV (American Association of Zoo
• AEMV (Association of Exotic Mammal
• ARAV (Association of Reptile
• IAAAM (International Association of
Aquatic Animal Medicine)
• WDA (Wildlife Disease
We have meetings each month, covering
topics related to all aspects of non-traditional animal medicine.
We try to bring in diverse speakers, ranging from zoo veterinarians
to private exotics practitioners.
We host an annual wet lab to provide
an opportunity for students to get hands-on experience. Under
faculty and practitioner supervision, students are able to learn
and practice physical exam techniques, proper techniques in
restraining animals and important clinical skills such as drawing
blood, placing catheters, crop feeding placement in birds and
sexing technique in reptiles. The wet lab also allows students the
opportunity to sit with our lecturers and lab instructors and ask
questions about their various fields and interests.
Field trips give us a chance to get
away from school and experience exotic animal medicine first-hand.
We have at least one field trip per semester. We organize
behind-the-scenes tours rotating through the 17 AZA Accredited
institutions within the state.
In order to learn as much as we can,
we try to attend as many exotics conferences as possible. Our
members regularly attend the AAZV, IAAAM, and ExoticsCon meetings
so you can be sure you’ll have someone to go with. Our own wet lab
is open to students from other schools as well to provide
additional networking opportunities for our members.
We are a fun group of people from many
different backgrounds. We are anxious to learn while having fun and
we are looking forward to getting you involved!