Ferret Vet - Dr. David Vella

Ferret vet

It can be very hard to find a good ferret vet, especially in places where ferrets are not that popular eg. Australia. Therefore it is important to know what to expect from a vet when you take your fuzzbutt to him or her.

I have interviewed my ferret vet about a range of different issues that arise when you keep ferrets as pets.
Here is some background information on Dr. Vella:

Dr. David Vella graduated with a Bachelor of Science (1992) and a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (1996) – both from the University of Sydney. In 2009, David became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Exotic Companion Mammals, the first and only Australian vet to achieve these credentials.

Dr. Vella has gained extensive clinical experience in treating exotic pets having focussed on this field whilst working in the United Kingdom and Sydney.

At present, Dr. Vella concentrates on:

  • small mammals - rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, rats, mice
  • reptiles - snakes, lizards, turtles
  • amphibians - frogs, axolotls

Under his care, all aspects of preventative health, husbandry, medicine, surgery and hospitalisation for these species are catered for.

Currently volunteering for NSW WIRES (Wildlife Information Rescue & Emergency Service), Dr. Vella is involved in reptile and amphibian rescue. He also trains in handling, rehabilitation, foster care and rescue. Dr. Vella consults as a primary accession and second opinion exotic small mammal and reptile/amphibian vet at Sydney’s North Shore Veterinary Specialist Centre.

You can see useful, informational video's of me interviewing Dr. Vella about some common questions ferret owners have in regards to their beloved pets. Also check out Dr. Vella's website!

Here Dr.Vella goes through a typical ferret examination and what vets look for.


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Here Dr.Vella shows us how he vaccinates ferrets for Canine Distemper . As you can see the ferrets harldy feel a thing (except for Bear, at the end, he is a big sook).


Here Dr. David Vella talks about the biggest mistakes that ferret owners make in regards to a ferrets diet, teeth care and whole meat diet.















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