Online Directories of Pet Rat Veterinarians

The absolutely best way to find a great veterinarian for your pet rats is through word-of-mouth. Here are some ways you can get word-of-mouth referrals from your local community:

  • If you also have dogs and/or cats, ask your current vet and/or their staff about veterinarians they’d recommend for pet rats.
  • If you know other people who have pet rats, ask them who’ve they’ve seen AND whether or not they were happy with how their vet treated their rats. (It’s almost as helpful to find out whom NOT to see as much as it is to find out what vets you DO want to see.)
  • If your local animal shelter takes in rats, ask them if they have a recommended list of pet rat rat veterinarian

If you don’t have access to any of the previously mentioned sources, you can always do some internet research. While looking through the directories listed below, please note that there are so many more excellent pet rat veterinarians than there are listed in these sources. In fact, if you already know of a great pet rat veterinarian who’s not included in the following sources, you can help by passing along the information to the directories listed here:

American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Select “Exotic Companion Mammal” from the drop down menu to view current board certified exotics veterinarians.)

Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians

The Rat Fan Club has two lists:

Midwest & Eastern US (updated 10/31/16)

Western US & Other Countries (updated 9/1/16)

Rat Forum

Rat & Mouse Club of America

Rat Shack

Small Animal Channel


Last but not least, if you’re not able to find any pet rat veterinarians by word-of-mouth or by using any of the above online directories, I highly recommend researching the AAHA accredited hospitals in your area. Only 17% of veterinary hospitals in the US are accredited. Accreditation is voluntary. Hospitals are checked on over 800 aspects of how their practices are run. Check out the websites and/or call the AAHA accredited hospitals in your area to see if they have rat veterinarians or can refer you to someone about whom they’ve heard great reviews from their clients:

AAHA-Accredited Hospital Locator (Search by zip code only. Do not select “Exotic Companion Mammal” from “Specialty (Other)” since many hospitals who do see rats will not show up.)

I live in the Portland, Oregon area and have found the following veterinarians to be very helpful and knowledgeable. Although all of the vets listed here are amazing, I particularly appreciate the work of Dr. Melinda Surrency and Dr. Melanie Mielke:

Dr. Melanie Mielke (pictured above)
Dr. Christine Feliciano
Parkway Veterinary Hospital
3996 SW Douglas Way, Lake Oswego, OR 97035

Dr. Katrina Ramsell
NW Exotic Pet Vet
11876 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy.
Beaverton, OR 97005

Dr. Melinda Surrency
Hillsboro Veterinary Clinic
142 SW Baseline St, Hillsboro, OR 97123

Dr. Deb Ward
Oswego Veterinary Hospital
590 3rd St, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

If you know of a veterinarian who is great with rats, please enter the vet’s name in the comments section below. Include their hospital website and tell us a little about why you believe your vet is good with rats. As alluded to above, I’ve checked a number of online resources of lists of veterinarians and haven’t yet found one that’s all-inclusive. Let’s help one another by submitting our favorite rat vets in the comments section below!

Updated 11/11/16
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2 Responses so far.

  1. Ann Staub says:

    My favorite rat vet is Dr. Anneliese Strunk. I used to work with her and she is amazing. She no longer lives here in Texas, unfortunately. You can find her in Seattle, WA at The Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine.