Avian Veterinarian

Little Critters Animal Hospital, Jill Patt, DVM


Your avian veterinarian should be one of the most important aspects in providing your bird with a long and healthy life. I highly recommend establishing a relationship with a veterinarian the first day you acquire your new bird. Additionally, all birds should be examined at least yearly by a veterinarian and I recommend regular lab screening as well. The lab screening will vary depending upon what the veterinarian feels is important but typically includes a fecal panel, complete organ panel, and a look at the red and white blood cells. The importance of this cannot be overstated. Birds are notorious for not showing signs of illness until they are critical and a good way to catch them in the early stages of any disease is with basic lab screening. Another benefit of lab screening is for the establishment of normal values for your individual bird. This becomes important when your bird is ill because we have those baseline values to compare the current results to. This allows your veterinarian to determine the longevity of the disease and also helps to allow them to focus on the changes that are of most importance. If I could do only one thing with this web site, it would be to enforce the importance of a good relationship with your veterinarian. Your bird will never get better care then by seeing someone who knows him/her and most importantly knows what is typical for your bird, both in behavior and laboratory results.


Little Critters Animal Hospital, Jill Patt, DVM


I’ve been fortunate in my career that I’m able to combine my love for animals with my interest in photography. I always have a camera with me at the hospital and rarely does a day go by without my taking a digital photo of one of our patients. As a result of the numerous photos I’ve acquired I’ve been able to establish a gallery page on this web site with various veterinary medicine and animal photo galleries. Most of my photos are displayed in the interest of education but some are just adorable animal photos. I currently have several galleries set-up including a veterinary medicine gallery, radiograph (x-ray) gallery, exotic animal medicine gallery, Arizona gallery, wildlife gallery and a few others. I hope the photos are enjoyed, but most importantly, I hope that they provide a learning opportunity for pet owners and members of the veterinary medicine community alike. As a footnote, the photos included on this page are of my two Goffin cockatoos enjoying a day by the pool.


Author Biography

Little Critters Animal Hospital, Jill Patt, DVM


I’ve been a practicing veterinarian in Mesa, Arizona at a small animal and exotic pet hospital. My focus while obtaining my DVM degree was in small and exotic animals. The term “small animals” in veterinary medicine is used to refer to dogs and cats. While the term “exotic animals” indicates birds, reptiles, rabbits, ferrets, rodents, and other “unusual” pets. Because I’ve kept, shown, raised and basically spent my life with all of the above types of animals I felt that this species tract was the perfect choice for me. My ultimate goal in my practice of veterinary medicine is to provide my furry, feathered, or scaly patients with the care and attention their guardians would expect for themselves. All my life, my home has been filled to overflowing with “little critters” of all types. As long as I can remember I wished to become a veterinarian and have worked towards that goal. I was fortunate enough to attend WSU where I completed my bachelors in veterinary science, graduating Magna Cum Laude. I also obtained my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from WSU where I was a member of the veterinary honors society of phi zeta and again graduated Magna Cum Laude. In 2012 I married a wonderful man who is a practicing human pharmacist. I’m fortunate that my husband shares my passion for animals and understands my dedication to patient care

Jill M. Patt, DVM

About Littlecrittersvet

Little Critters Animal Hospital, Jill Patt, DVM


My web site is intended to be a guide where I can provide information as well as links to other sites I have found helpful. This site is by no means intended to be all inclusive and this is especially true on the dog/cat section. I’ve found that there are literally tons of sites with excellent dog/cat libraries and therefore I don’t intend to try to reinvent the wheel. I will, however, supply content in the dog/cat section on subjects that I frequently discuss with clients and I’ll be adding more information over time. I’ve also provided extensive dog/cat links to some sites that I think may be helpful to pet owners as well as members of the veterinary community. The same largely holds true for the exotic animal sites, except that I believe there is a smaller body of information available on many of our exotic pets. Therefore, I’ll again provide links, but will also include more on-site pet health care information for our exotic species such as birds, reptiles, rabbits, ferrets and rodents. Lastly, I’ve include a wildlife rehabilitation (rehab) page to help with information on specific types of Arizona wildlife and an Arizona pet care page with information specific to our AZ pets. This is a new project for me and is currently a work in progress. I hope you’ll continue to check back with us as we update and add information over time.

Purpose of this site…

Little Critters Animal Hospital, Jill Patt, DVM


As a practicing veterinarian in the field of small and exotic animal medicine, I spend much of my time with clients discussing animal care and disease states. I’ve developed the little critters vet web site to provide pet owners, and people within the veterinary medical field, with some of the information on small and exotic animals that I’ve found is often discussed in our practice. The site is not intended to be all inclusive, or to rework some of the very useful information that has recently become available on the Internet. Instead, it is intended to provide quick information on some of the problems I encounter frequently in veterinary medicine and also to provide links to other sites with more established libraries. A digital photo gallery has been attached to the site to display photos of animals I’ve encountered in my personal and professional life. A pet care library page has also been provided to give quick access to additional information on dogs, cats, rodents, reptiles, rabbits, ferrets, birds and other little critters.