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Exotic Animal Medicine

The Purdue University Small Animal Community Practice provides veterinary care to exotic pets of Tippecanoe County residents as well as faculty, staff, and students of the Purdue University West Lafayette Campus.  We strive to provide high quality primary small animal veterinary care to our patients emphasizing communication, education, and service to our clients.  At the same time, we operate a model of a private small animal practice to allow veterinary and veterinary technician students to gain experience in primary veterinary care and client communication skills. 

We care for a variety of pet exotic animal species such as ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, degus, sugar gliders, hedgehogs, lizards, snakes, birds, fish, etc.  We will also take referrals from your veterinarian if you live outside Tippecanoe County or are not an employee of Purdue University.  Please just have your veterinarian call us for a referral and then schedule an appointment with us by following the instructions below.

 To schedule an appointment with the Small Animal Community Practice:

Call 765-494-1107.  We offer emergency care for exotics after hours for our clients.  Please call 765-496-7911 for after hours emergencies.


Monday-Friday 7:30am-5pm

Monday night clinics 5:30pm-8:30pm (1-2 nights per month)

Saturday clinics 8am-12pm (noon) (2-3 Saturdays per month) 

About Our Staff


Steve Thompson, DVM, DIPLOMATE ABVP (canine & feline general practice)

Lori Corriveau, DVM 


Saralyn Sharp, RVT

Cindy Voglewede, RVT 

Clerical Support

Debbie Branham

Common Conditions and Procedures

Elective exotic surgery (spays and castrations)


Laser lumpectomy

Laser declaws  

Special Equipment and Technology       

CO2 laser surgery

Digital radiography

Specialists in the building from multiple disciplines        

For information on your exotic pet or how to care for your exotic pet, please see the educational brochure links listed below.

Shedding in Reptiles             Burmese Pythons                 Chinchilla Feeding

Sugar Gliders                      Ferret Medicine                    Care of Guinea Pigs

Care of Rabbits                   

General Husbandry of Caged Birds

Inclusion Body Disease in Boas and Pythons