AVC holds upcoming community workshop about exotic pets

Did you know that the hamsters, gerbils and rabbits often kept as household pets are considered to be exotic animals? Other exotic animals include tropical fish, iguanas, snakes, parrots, macaws, hedgehogs, chinchillas and sugar gilders, to name a few.

As part of the Atlantic Veterinary College’s Community Workshop Series, Dr. Marion Desmarchelier of AVC's Zoo, Exotic Animals and Wildlife Medicine Service will speak about the “do’s and don'ts” of owning exotic pets on Tuesday, November 29. Titled “Exotics 101: Mommy, I want a hamster!” the workshop will take place in AVC Lecture Theatre A from 7-8:30 p.m.

Among other topics, Dr. Desmarchelier will discuss types of exotic pets, the specialized care and maintenance they need, lifespan, where they come from, and laws governing ownership of exotic pets on Prince Edward Island.

AVC holds three community workshops per year, covering topics of interest to animal lovers. Coming up in January 2012 will be a workshop on pet first-aid. The AVC Community Workshop Series won a silver medal from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education in 2011 for Best Community Outreach Initiative.

For more information about this and upcoming workshops, please call (902) 566-0589. All are welcome to attend.