Exotic Companion Animal Medicine

Exotic companion animal patients seen at the Ryan Veterinary Hospital Penn Vet, Ryan Hospital, exotics, cockatooinclude pet birds, small mammals and reptiles. Healthy visits and referrals are welcome. The service includes the only ABVP-Avian boarded veterinarian in Philadelphia. During receiving days, both new and old patients are seen. The other days of the week are reserved for diagnostic procedures and surgery. The Exotic Companion Animal Service receives cases transferred from the Emergency Service daily. We provide wellness examinations on these non-traditional pets as well as specialized diagnostics and care.

Specialized diagnostics include advanced imaging studies such as ultrasonographic and echocardiologic examinations as well as computed tomography and MRI . Advanced surgical procedures are performed by the service or are done in conjunction with the Surgery Service.

We are proud to announce that we have two clinical trials for exotic pets, including a dual-phase CT contrast study for ferrets with insulinoma and a pain measurement study for lizards that have orthopedic disease. These trials provide free examinations and diagnostics if you pets qualify. Please see our client forms under the Resources tab below for details. 

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Clinical Team
 La'Toya Latney, Penn Vet, exotics La'Toya Latney, DVM
  • Service Head, Lecturer and Attending Clinician
  • Post-Doc, Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics (Penn Medicine)
 Nicole Wyre, Penn Vet, exoticsNicole Wyre, DVM, DABVP Avian 
  • Attending Clinician
John Mastrobuono, VMD, Penn Vet



John Mastrobuono, VMD




  •  Specialty Intern
Alisa Rassin, VMD, Penn Vet



Alisa Rassin, VMD



  • Specialty Intern
Mary Baldwin, CVT
Mary Baldwin, CVT
  • Exotics Veterinary Technician

Ryan Hospital, exotics

Clinical Services



Routine Business Hours

Appointments are seen Monday - Friday from 9 am - 4 pm, Saturday - Sunday from 10 am - 3 pm.

Emergency Services

Emergency special species services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for treatment of emergency problems. To make a referral on an emergency basis, call 215.746.8911.

Client Forms

Before You Arrive

Please print and fill out the appropriate history form for your pet (please see Reptile, Rabbit and Rodent, Feather Picking, Avian or Avian Flock History forms below). Bringing this form with you to your appointment will allow us to understand your pet's husbandry, diet and routine care in a more efficient manner.

You may bring it with you to your appointment (the preferred method) or fax it to the Exotics Section (fax number 215.573.4617, Attn: Mary Taylor, Exotics Ward) before your appointment. To schedule an appointment, please call 215.898.4680.
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Penn Vet Exotics In the News

Here are recent articles covering Dr. La'Toya Latney and Penn Vet's Exotics Service:Dr. La'Toya Latney, Penn Vet Exotics

July, 2014: "PennVet Exotics is on Comcast" : Dr. Latney and Dr.Wyre have contributed to the "Caring for Critters" OnDemand series for Comcast. To check us out on Comcast, please visit OnDemand > Get Local > Pet Adoptions > Caring for Critters. " Enjoy the shows!

January 3, 2013: "La’Toya Latney Cares for the Feathered, the Scaly, the Slimy and the Furry at Penn Vet."
Penn News: http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/news/la-toya-latney-cares-feathered-scaly-slimy-and-furry-penn-vet.

April 4, 2013:  "Pets and salmonella Q&A: How to prevent an infection"
Philly.com: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/healthy_kids/Pets-and-salmonella-QA-How-to-prevent-an-infection.html

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/healthy_kids/Pets-and-salmonella-QA-How-to-prevent-an-infection.html#rkkJ8H40iivP2gWe.99

November 2013: "A Tale About a Skink's Tail"
Penn Vet Extra: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/publications/penn-vet-extra/penn-vet-extra---november-2013/a-tale-about-a-skinks-tail

February 13, 2014: "People at Penn"
Penn Current: http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/peopleofpenn/latoya-latney