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 4.8 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 seven days a week, by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call us at (781) 682-4878.  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, Dr. Trout, and Dr. Adamski only treat exotic animals including reptiles, small mammals such as guinea pigs, 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
  • Pigs

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

ODD PET VET PET CARE TIP: We have ferret and pot-bellied pig vaccines on hand!

Avian species including…

  • Chickens
  • Cockatiels
  • Doves
  • Ducks
  • Parakeets
  • Parrots
  • Pigeons

Need a trim? Schedule a special beak, toe, and wing trim – just $25 at The Odd Pet Vet!

ODD PET VET AVIAN CARE TIP: Does your chicken, duck, or swan have lead poisoning?  Almost 100% of our fowl patients are showing exposure – we check for lead levels!

Invertebrates including…

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

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.


How much does an exam at The Odd Pet Vet cost?

Exam Fees

  • An exam fee at the Odd Pet Vet is $69 for one animal.
  • If you have two of the same animal, the exam fee is two-for-one at $69!
  • If you have three animals or more, the cost is $25 per animal or $75 for all three!
  • If you have 20 of the same animal, please contact us to discuss an hourly rate.

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 three veterinarians Dr. Mertz, Dr. Trout, and Dr. Adamski and veterinary technicians work exclusively with exotic animals. They have a collective 50 years experience with 400 different species.

dr-greg-mertzDr. Greg Mertz

Dr. Mertz has been treating exotic and wildlife species for over 30 years.  He is the CEO of New England Wildlife Center and founder of Odd Pet Vet. He is also the lead veterinarian for the Museum of Science Boston, Massachusetts Audubon’s Drumlin Farm, and Cape Wildlife Center.

Favorite Species: Boa constrictors and rats.


Dr. Lisa Trout

Dr. Trout has been treating non-traditional animals for 4 years. She oversees our educational animals including Gallop and Ellie, the friendly front door goats at New England Wildlife Center.  She is a mentor to many undergraduate and veterinary students, and her practice excels in both medicine and care.  She will soon be certified in aquatic medicine (yes – that’s fish medicine!).

Favorite Species: She loves them all – rabbits, snakes, degus, tegus, and chickens!

dr-rob-adamskiDr. Rob Adamski

Dr. Adamski has 15 years experience treating avian, reptile, and mammal species.  He is a wildlife veterinarian at New England Wildlife Center’s wildlife hospital and coordinates our undergraduate internship program and on-going wildlife research projects in partnership with academic institutions, and state and federal agencies.  He is a frequent and well-known speaker at wildlife are conferences.

Favorite Species: guinea pigs

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 7 days a week, by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call (781) 682-4878, 10 am – 4 pm.

We look forward to meeting you and your animals!

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