March 24, 2011
"Every day in my clinic is like a visit to the zoo," says David Eshar, a new veterinarian at the Ontario Veterinary College Health Sciences Centre. While cats, dogs and livestock make up the majority of most veterinary practices, Eshar specializes in birds, reptiles and other exotic pets.
On this particular afternoon, he's just finished overseeing work on a guinea pig's overgrown molars; next he will be treating a gecko and later a hawk. On other days, Eshar has provided care for a serval cat, a baby lion, lizards, snakes, tortoises and many birds. "Parrots are a significant percentage of our clients," he adds.
Eshar, who was born and raised in Israel, has always been interested in these less-common animals. "As a child I had all kinds of animals as pets. When I started vet school, I would go to the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo on weekends to help out and learn more about the different animals."
For more, read the feature in At Guelph.