Take A Trip On The Wild Side: Ethical Exotic Pet Ownership

The term “exotic pet” encompasses a broad range of animals, loosely meaning any pet that is not a dog, cat, or farm animal. Dr. Alice Blue-McLendon, a clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and director of the Winnie Carter Wildlife Center, says that it is also important […]

CVMBS Graduate Student Prepares For Future In Exotic Animal Medicine

As a self-described thrill-seeker, future wildlife and exotic animal veterinarian Austin Warren looks forward to the day he can work up close and personal with animals that many other people may find frightening. “I’m not scared of many animals; I enjoy the excitement of seeing wild animals in person,” the Lewisville native said. “I remember […]

Endangered Przewalski’s Horses Join Texas A&M Wildlife Center

The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’ (CVMBS) Winnie Carter Wildlife Center (WCWC) is the new home for two Przewalski’s horses (P horses), a critically endangered species from Mongolia that is considered to be the last truly wild horse in existence. At the WCWC, the P horses will help teach veterinary and […]

Down To Business: Ferrets As Pets

Pets can come in all shapes and sizes. While some animal lovers may consider themselves “dog” or “cat” people, others enjoy smaller pets, also referred to as “pocket pets,” like ferrets. Many people like ferrets because they are relatively low maintenance, similar to a cat, according to Dr. Alice Blue-McLendon, a clinical associate professor at […]

Lynx Finds Fur-ever Home at Texas A&M Wildlife Center

Story by Megan Myers As the newest exotic animal resident of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’ (CVM) Winnie Carter Wildlife Center, Kisa the lynx has found the purr-fect place to call home. The 11-year-old Eurasian lynx came to Texas A&M in February from a conservation breeding facility in Arkansas. Because […]

Well-Known Elk Finds Forever Home at Texas A&M Wildlife Center

Story by Megan Myers Elliott the elk, a social media “celebrity” from Idaho, has joined the community of exotic animals at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’ (CVM) Winnie Carter Wildlife Center. Elliott’s journey to Texas A&M began when he was taken from the wild as a calf and raised by […]

Turtles and tortoises as pets

If you’re looking for a unique, low-cost pet that enjoys a relaxed lifestyle, a pet turtle or tortoise may be for you. What is the difference between turtles and tortoises? Most turtles have webbed feet or flippers and primarily live in water, while tortoises primarily live on land and do not have webbed feet. In […]

Game Warden and Veterinarian Couple Save Fawn

When we think of veterinarians, we typically see them caring for house pets, such as cats and dogs. However, veterinarians gain experience in treating a variety of animals, including livestock, “pocket pets”—such as gerbils or hamsters—and even wildlife. Dr. Alice Blue-McLendon, clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences […]

Pet Trade Troubles

Many people are fascinated with non-domestic animals—whether exotic or native species—and think these animals would make great pets. However, non-domestic animals, including certain species of snakes and tortoises, do not make great additions to households despite being included in the pet trade. In fact, it may cause more harm than good to bring a non-domestic […]

Exotic, Domesticated, and Wild Pets

Although the words “exotic” and “wild” are frequently used interchangeably, many people do not fully understand how these categories differ when it comes to pets. It is important to understand the difference between wild and exotic animals and the requirements and responsibilities of owning such animals as pets. According to Dr. Alice Blue-McLendon, clinical assistant […]

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