How We Can Help Your Exotic Pet
We provide comprehensive care to pets at every stage of life. We offer a wide variety of veterinary services using state-of-the-art technology. Some of the services provided by our bird veterinarian in Metairie include:
Meet Our Bird Veterinarian in Metairie
The owner of our practice and lead veterinarian is Dr. Gregory A. Rich. Dr. Rich earned his DVM in 1985 from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, he worked for eight years in a small animal practice. He founded Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital of Louisiana in May of 1993 and has been providing exemplary service to the exotic pets of New Orleans and surrounding areas ever since. Over the years, his outside interests have included breeding hedgehogs, Moustache Parrots, and Hawkhead Parrots. In 2011 Dr. Rich was awarded the Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award and in 2016 he was named the prestigious Dr.T.J. Lafeber Avian Practitioner of the Year. Dr. Rich and his wife are the proud owners of Dolly, an Australian Shepherd who is in charge of greeting clients and delivering patient charts to the front desk at our practice.
Dr. Rich is joined by Dr. Leslie Pence and a phenomenal team of exotic pet care professionals and support staff. Our entire team is committed to delivering outstanding care and customer service to you and your pet. If you’d like to find out more information about our bird veterinarian in Metairie, please feel free to look through our website. To make an appointment, just give us a call or use our online form. We look forward to meeting you soon!
Dr. Rich is winner of the Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award, lecturer at many Exotic veterinary conferences, and deeply involved in local area projects. Twenty years have passed and in that time I cannot begin to count the number of rabbits treated there, all with the best of care. My job as a rescuer of rabbits has been made easier with the support of Dr. Rich, Dr. Pence and the Staff.
I have been dealing with the West Esplanade Vet Clinic, Dr Rich and Dr Pence, since 2006. They are the premier exotics only vet in the Gulf South and one of a small handful that are experienced with chinchillas.. Every chinchilla surrendered to us is taken there for a comprehensive wellness check-up. Many have been treated for a variety of conditions, both minor and serious. After having more than 100 chinchillas seen there, I could not be more pleased with the competency, courtesy and caring exhibited by everyone there. Many of our animals are enjoying happier and healthier lives because of Dr Rich and Dr Pence.
Tom and Tracey L.
We have been breeders of exotic parrots since 1998. Dr Rich and staff are our first and only stop to make sure the breeders we buy are healthy. The professionalism of Dr Rich and his staff far exceed our expectations. Regardless the outcome of the exam we know we can trust the results and advice given by Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital of Louisiana. The clinic is always clean and the staff friendly. We highly recommend all clients set up an appointment to meet Dr Rich and/or Dr Pence. Don’t wait until it’s an emergency. Well visits are very important to maintain healthy happy animals. We are very fortunate to have such well respected, professional and caring exotic veterinarians in our area.
Ashley G., DVM
Dr Rich is the avian expert! The clinic is state of the art, the boarding facility has large, clean cages and the team is very caring. It's with great confidence that I refer my avian patients to West Esplanade Veterinary Clinic.
Karen and Steve M.
My family and I have been associated with West Esplanade Animal Clinic for 14 years now. Dr. Rich has received countless awards for his many accomplishments. He is forward-thinking; always in touch with the latest technology and procedures. His leading edge approach has kept my exotic pets healthy and happy!
Maurice G. and Brenda B.
In June 2013 we opened Bon Temps Ferret Rescue and shortly after contacted Dr. Rich at West Esplanade Veterinary Clinic. Living almost three hours away, we had questions before making the trip with some of our little ones rescued from various situations. Dr. Rich, Dr. Pence and their staff have taken time to return our calls regardless of what day of the week. We have brought in ferrets with varying degrees of medical needs and have always been served in the most professional and caring manner, not only for the ferrets but for us as well in some critical times."