Claudia Kabakchiev

Dr Kabakchiev
Veterinary Specialist
Zoological Medicine, Avian, Exotic, & Pocket Pet Veterinary Clinic Services
Dr Kabakchiev

Dr. Claudia Kabakchiev studied veterinary medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) prior to working in small animal practice and volunteering at an animal shelter. During her years working in companion animal primary care, she developed a passion for treating and working with exotic species. She started a specialty internship followed by a residency program in Zoological Companion Animal Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College in 2015. She graduated from the joint ABVP (Avian) and ACZM-accredited programs, simultaneously earning a Doctor of Veterinary Science degree in 2019. During her time at OVC, Dr. Kabakchiev had the opportunity to train at the Toronto Zoo, to work with several wildlife species, and provide care for unconventional pet species. She also completed a thesis in laparoscopic surgery of pet rabbits and is keen to further develop this field. Dr. Kabakchiev has presented research at numerous international conferences and has contributed to the Zoological Companion Animal medical literature.

Dr. Kabakchiev has a particular passion for avian medicine and owns three pet birds of her own. She provides medical and surgical procedures for most exotic companion species, including small mammals (ex. rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, rodents, etc.), birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Please contact the hospital to determine if your pet can be admitted as a patient.

Outside of work, Dr. Kabakchiev can be found spending time with her husband, son, and their 2 cockatiels and green-cheeked conure. She enjoys dancing, traveling, and baking.


  • DVM, Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph ON – (2011)
  • DVSc, Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph ON – (2019)

Advanced Clinical Training

  • Avian and Exotic Animal Specialty Internship, Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph ON – (2015-2016)
  • Zoological Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery Residency, Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph ON – (2016-2019)

Areas of Special Interest

  • Diagnostic endoscopy and laparoscopic surgery
  • Anaesthesia and analgesia of zoological companion animal species 


  • C. Kabakchiev, A. zur Linden, A. Singh, H. Beaufrère (2020) Effects of intra-abdominal pressure on laparoscopic working space in domestic rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus). AJVR. 81(1): 77-83.
  • H. Beaufrère, D. Laniesse, C. Kabakchiev, R. Axelson, A. zur Linden (2019) Multiple fractures and luxations of palatofacial bones in a hawk-headed parrot (Deroptyus accipitrinus). JAVMA. 254(2): 251-256.
  • C. Kabakchiev, D. Laniesse, F. James, A. zur Linden, E. Brouwer, H. Beaufrère (publication pending) Diagnosis and long-term management of post-traumatic seizures in a white-crowned pionus (Pionus senilis). JAVMA.
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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

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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