Chris Dutton

Dr Dutton
Veterinary Specialist
Zoological Medicine
Dr Dutton

At a Glance

Practicing Since:


Board Certified:


Specialties Include:

Zoo, wildlife, and exotic pet medicine

My Pets:


I am a veterinarian who has specialized in zoo, wildlife, and exotic pet medicine for 25 years. I have a Master of Science in Wild Animal Health and am a Diplomat of both the European and American Colleges of Zoological Medicine. I have had positions as Head Veterinarian at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, in Jersey, UK, as a resident in Zoological Medicine at the Saint Louis Zoo, Missouri, and, for 17 years, as a veterinarian at the Toronto Zoo, Ontario, including five years as their Head of Veterinary Services. In November 2019, I left the Toronto Zoo and started my own zoo and wildlife veterinary consultancy company, primarily working as a wildlife veterinarian at the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre. In July 2020, I was hired as an Avian and Exotic Animal Specialist Veterinarian in the Ontario Veterinary College Health Sciences Centre, a referral facility focusing on high-level companion animal care, and became Chief of the Avian and Exotic Service. This Service closed in October 2022. Since then, I have worked on contracts for various organizations such as the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, the College of Veterinary Medicine, Oklahoma State University, the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, University of California, Davis, the 404 Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital, and for the Ministry of the Solicitor General in Ontario. I remain a Specialist Graduate Faculty in the Department of Clinical Studies and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pathobiology at the Ontario Veterinary College. I am the Chair of the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine.

See our departments

Zoological Medicine

Zoological companion animals (also known as “exotic pets”) are wonderful and unique. They have and anatomy and physiology that are vastly different from dogs and cats. Some of these differences are what makes them such fascinating companions, and we understand the importance of providing high-quality veterinary care for these pets and their families. Our Zoological Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery department have the specialized equipment and expertise to diagnose and treat the unique conditions of these animals.

Our service is equipped to work with the following groups of animals:

  • Companion birds such as finches, canaries, parrots, pigeons, and pet poultry (ducks, chickens, etc.)
  • Raptors such as hawks and falcons
  • Reptiles such as turtles, snakes, and lizards
  • Amphibians such as frogs, toads, salamanders, and axolotls
  • Rabbits
  • Ferrets
  • Guinea pigs and chinchillas
  • Hedgehogs
  • Rats and mice
  • Hamsters and gerbils
  • Sugar gliders
  • Tarantulas and scorpions
  • Fish including aquarium and pond species

Please note that we do not treat venomous species, large cats, production animals, or primates. We also cannot currently see local wildlife unless under the care of a licensed rehabilitator. If you find any sick or injured wild animals, please contact a wildlife rehabilitator. See and Ontario Wildlife Rescue to learn more.

For Clients

Our Zoological Medicine Team

Veterinary Specialist
Veterinary Specialist
404 Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital

510 Harry Walker Parkway South

Newmarket, ON L3Y 0B3

Main: 905-953-1933

Fax: 905-953-8845

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours


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