Avian and Exotic Clinic of Monterey

The Avian and Exotic Clinic focuses exclusively on exotic pets including, but not limited to birds, reptiles, rabbits, ferrets, rodents, hedgehogs. Additionally, the Avian and Exotic Clinic is the only veterinary practice on the Monterey Peninsula which routinely cares for fish through either office visits or mobile calls.

In the Community
The Avian and Exotic Clinic is committed to the enrichment of our local community. We provide care for sick and injured animals at the SPCA Wildlife Center. Additionally we act as emergency veterinarians for the Ventana Condor Wildlife Society, the Pinnacle Monument Condor Group and Santa Cruz Native Animal Rescue. Finally we routinely perform discounted or complimentary surgical procedures for various non profit and rescue organizations as well as complimentary exams for classroom pets.

  • 459 Canyon Del Rey Blvd
  • Del Rey Oaks,CA 93940
  • Phone: (831) 647-1147
  • Cell:(831)402-1792
  • Fax: (831) 647-1101
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  • Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sat: 8:00am - 12:00pm
  • Sun: Closed
  • We are closed from 12:30pm-3pm weekdays for surgical procedures.
  • Dr. Thomas with a bird

    Shannon A. Thomas, DVM

    Dr. Shannon Thomas received her degree in Veterinary Medicine from UC Davis in 1997. In April of 2004 she became the owner of the Avian & Exotic clinic. As an undergraduate she attended UC Santa Barbara and worked summers as a zookeeper at the Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens. She spends her time off riding her horse, and chasing her twin boys Tom & Reed with husband and fellow veterinarian Ben Wilson (of the Monterey Animal Hospital).
  • Amy Wells, DVM, MPVM

    Dr. Amy Wells D.V.M., M.P.V.M. is a graduate of the University of California Davis College of Veterinary Medicine. Along with her Masters in Preventative Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Wells has a variety of experience including conservation work with African cheetahs, training in raptor medicine from the University of Minnesota Raptor Center, and wildlife medicine from Santa Cruz Fish and Game and Monterey SPCA Wildlife Center. Dr. Wells is a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians and has a special interest in both rabbit and reptile medicine. Dr. Wells is available to see all avian and exotic patients including fish.
  • Dr. Murray performing surgery

    Founder: Michael J. Murray, DVM

    Dr. Michael Murray received his degree in Veterinary Medicine from Purdue in 1977 and was awarded 2002 Exotic Veterinarian of the year honors. Dr. Murray is the staff veterinarian at the Monterey Bay Aquarium as well as a consultant for the Avian and Exotic Clinic on a limited basis.

    Years in Practice:
    May 09, 2022