The Odd Pet Vet - New England Wildlife Center’s Exotic Animal Clinic

Call (781) 682-4878 for an appointment


Welcome to The Odd Pet Vet!

The Odd Pet Vet offers affordable expert care for feathered, scaled, and furry patients. We are conveniently located at New England Wildlife Center (NEWC), minutes from Route 3 in South Weymouth, Massachusetts.

The Odd Pet Vet is the only exclusively exotic animal veterinary clinic in Massachusetts.  We have a 4.9 out of 5 stars on Google reviews and have been featured in the Boston GlobePatriot Ledger, The Today Show, Discover Magazine, Animal Planet, and National Geographic.

The Odd Pet Vet is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10 AM to 3 PM, by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call us at (781) 682-4878.  Due to Covid, our hours may vary. Please call us for the most up-to-date information. If you would like to cancel your appointment please give us 24 hours notice or we will charge a $35 cancellation fee, This will help us accommodate more emergency situations. Please let us know when you make your appointment if your animal is poisonous or venomous!

We’re A Clinic With A Purpose!

All profits go directly to wildlife care and education at NEWC.  We also support the education of future veterinarians and bio-engineers through our veterinary internship program.

Our clients come from Greater Boston, the South Shore, North Shore, and even outside of Massachusetts to keep their exotic and non-traditional pets and animals healthy and happy.

ODD PET VET FUN FACTS: Our current farthest away client lives in South Carolina!  Our farthest away ever patient – a mouse! – flew in from Bangkok, Thailand!

What Exotic and Non-Traditional Animals Do You Treat?

Our caring and highly experienced veterinarians Dr. Mertz and our other veterinarians only treat exotic animals including reptiles, small mammals such as guinea pigs, and rabbits, and avian species such as chickens.

Reptiles including…

  • Ball pythons
  • Bearded dragons
  • Boas of all kinds
  • Frogs
  • Lizards
  • Russian tortoises
  • Salamanders
  • Snakes
  • Sulcata tortoises
  • Turtles

Is your reptile dewormed? Parasites are the lead cause of secondary diseases. Ask The Odd Pet Vet for help.

ODD PET VET REPTILE CARE TIP: The best way to treat reptile mites is soapy water!

Small mammals including…

  • Chinchillas
  • Degus
  • Ferrets
  • Gerbils
  • Guinea pigs
  • Hamsters
  • Hedgehogs
  • Rabbits

We can no longer see pigs.

Need teeth and nail care for your pet? Teeth care and trims are available at The Odd Pet Vet!

Avian species including…

  • Cockatiels
  • Doves
  • Parakeets
  • Parrots
  • Pigeons

Need a trim? Schedule a special beak, toe, and wing trim.

Invertebrates including…

  • Cockroaches
  • Hermit crabs
  • Scorpions
  • Stick bugs
  • Tarantulas

Do your invertebrates have out-of-control mites? Let us know – we can help!

tarantula-veterinarianWe see over 100 species of animals on a regular basis. The more people who care for a type of animal, the more commonly we see the species at the clinic.

ODD PET VET FUN FACT: One of our clients recently told us that visiting The Odd Pet Vet is “like going to science class.”

The Odd Pet Vet does not treat primates.


Our veterinarians will discuss specific questions regarding costs of complicated procedures and care your pet may require before treatment.

All proceeds from your visit to the Odd Pet Vet go directly to wildlife care and education at New England Wildlife Center.

Who are the veterinarians at The Odd Pet Vet?

Our veterinarians including Dr. Mertz and our veterinary technicians work exclusively with exotic animals. They have a collective 50 years experience with 400 different species.

Have I seen The Odd Pet Vet somewhere before?

Yes!  The Odd Pet Vet has been featured in Discover Magazine, The Boston Globe Magazine, The Boston Globe, and The Today Show!  Dr. Mertz also writes the “Cold Blooded Vet” column for the Pet Gazette.

The Odd Pet Vet is open Monday through Thursday, by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call (781) 682-4878, 10 am – 4 pm. Please note: Due to Covid, our hours may vary. Please call us for the most up-to-date information.

We look forward to meeting you and your animals!

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