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Dr. Shachar Malka

Welcome to Avian and Exotics Veterinary Services of The Humane Society of New York.

Dr. Shachar Malka, DVM, Diplomate ABVP is an avian medicine specialist. He practices medicine exclusively on birds, exotic mammals, reptiles, amphibians and other exotic pets.

lizardDr. Malka has a Bachelor of Science in Biology, with a focus on Zoology and Marine Biology. He is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, graduating from the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Dr. Malka completed a one year internship in Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine at the University of Guelph, Canada and a three year residency in Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine at the University of California, Davis.

Dr. Malka’s professional interests include anesthesia, endoscopy, and minimally invasive surgery of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and exotic mammals. He treats all pet birds including psittacines, passerines, back yard poultry, waterfowl and falconry raptors. He also specializes in all reptiles and amphibians, ferrets, rabbits, other rodent species, and a variety of other exotic mammals including sugar gliders, hedgehogs and more.

Dr. Malka has a strong interest in wildlife medicine, conservation and education and has years of experience working with zoo animals and free-ranging wildlife. He continues to publish scientific articles on a variety of topics in avian and exotic animal medicine and lectures at international veterinary meetings, as well as other regional avian, exotics and wildlife related events.

Dr. Malka is a member of AAV, AEMV, ARAV and AAZV.

Please call us to make an appointment at 212 752 4840.

What is an "exotic" pet?

Exotic pets are pets not typically seen in a traditional small animal practice. Birds, reptiles, ferrets, rabbits, rats, or guinea pigs are some of the more common types of exotic pets. Exotic pets have different medical, nutritional, and environmental needs than dogs and cats. Veterinary care for these unique species is also different than traditional dog and cat medicine and requires special knowledge and training for both the veterinarian and the owner.

Why an avian and exotic veterinarian?

parrotVeterinary care for exotic species is different than dog and cat medicine. Veterinary specialists in avian and exotic species medicine have made the extra commitment to undergo extensive additional training in the diagnosis, treatment and care of diseases in birds and other exotic pets. This training is beyond that of the traditional veterinarian. While many dog/cat veterinarians posses an interest in exotic animal medicine, that does not necessarily equal proficiency in treating them. The treatment of diseases in exotic species without the proper background knowledge can result in serious harm to the animal. Dr. Malka, is a board-certified bird specialist. He is one of only approximately 150 bird specialists in the world

Why a routine yearly exam is extremely important for your exotic pet?

For people, a yearly visit to the doctor is good preventive medicine. This is also the case for animals. Parrots and other pet birds, reptiles and exotic mammals like rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas are excellent at masking signs of illness from their owners. They are prey species that evolved to hide signs of injury and illness from their predators. Unfortunately, most birds and exotic pets have their first visit to the veterinarian when there is an emergency. Yearly visits, including physical examinations, combined with the proper knowledge of diet, housing, and disease prevention, can be the basis of a long and healthy life with your exotic pet.