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Christine Sontag, DVM
Animal Medical Center
322 North Metro Drive
Appleton, WI 54913
Tel: (920) 749-1717
  • KN - Dr. Sontag is INCREDIBLE!! My leopard gecko recently fractured his spine, and when any of the vets here in Madison would have put him down, she decided to treat him. She went above and beyond the call of duty to physically stabilize him, gave him additional medicine to help the symptoms, and treated him like he was one of hers. She has many reptiles of her own, including leopard geckos (don't know what else). She is extremely nice, will take the time to listen, and cares SO MUCH about the animals. The two-hour drive was absolutely worth it. She saved Magellan's life. (11/17/02)
  • G - We rescued a Green Iguana from a bad situation. Poor living conditions, bad diet, etc. I found Dr. Sontag on this page and was impressed by the writeup she was given.. she worked with our new family member today and did a full blood workup and x-rays.. she had so much calcium loss that three of her legs were broken. Dr. Sontag was patient, medicated her, set the legs and kept her in the office most of the day, had us come back for her in the afternoon.. not only was she great, her staff was wonderful and the cost was $100 less than another vet quoted me for just sedation and x-ray. If you are anywhere within driving distance she is worth the trip! (04/11/06)


    Gretchen Gerber, DVM
    Country Care Pet Hospital
    70245 Range Road
    Ashland, WI 54806
    Tel: (715) 682-8380
    Fax: (715) 682-8381
    K - Brought a road-hit RES to her, took care of parasites and was very knowledgeable with what the turt needed and how her recovery was going. She a happy healthy turt now! Also treats cats, dogs, livestock, birds, and exotic/small animals. (02/25/04)


    Jennifer R. Bloss, DVM
    Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital & Exotic Care Inc.
    14885 W. Lisbon Rd.
    Brookfield, WI 53005
    Tel: (262) 781-5277
    Fax: (262) 781-5278
    [Email]   [Website]
  • HVC Note: Vet info updated (07/12/07)

    Dr. Kevin Ruch
    Elmbrook Veterinary Clinic
    325 N. Janacek Rd.
    Brookfield, WI 53045
    Tel: (262) 786-8460

  • CR - If I began to list the animals I have taken to Dr. Ruch over the years, I would steal the page. I can not say enough about Dr. Ruch that would make him not seem too good to be true. He is a vet that does care about each and every animal that walks in the door. A long time supporter of Small Scale Reptile Rescue, Dr. Ruch has aided me in more emergencies than I can count. From the common MBD in iguanas, to the need of emergency health certs to transfer Crocodilians across state lines, to his assistance with animals taken in from drug raids to ensure nothing extra is stashed inside. Amputations, abcesses, infections, URIs, impactions. Dr. Ruch has been there. IF he doesn't know how to do it himself, he will not hesitate to consult with those around longer. He does take many continuing education classes in reptile medicine as well. (09/22/07)

    Eau Claire

    Eau Claire Animal Hospital
    2828 Mall Drive
    Eau Claire, WI 54701
    Tel: (715) 835-5011
    N - Excellent with exotic animals, including reptiles. (02/05/04)


    Paul Gibbons, DVM, MS, DABVP
    Animal Emergency Center
    2100 W. Silver Spring Drive
    Glendale, WI 53209
    Tel: (414) 540-6710
    Fax: (414) 540-6720
    [Email]   [Website]
  • HM - Dr. Gibbons is a very caring and thorough veterinarian. He takes time with each animal, and was great with my shy bird. When he came in I already had her out on my hand. He allowed her to get comfortable with him and even did part of the exam with her perched on his hand (other vets would have toweled her right away). I have been consideiring getting a reptile and he was very helpful in guiding my decisions about what might be suitable for me. He has extensive knowledge and clearly not only has lots of experience with reptiles but also holds a personal interest in them. With my bird he explained everything well, addressed my concerns, and gave me options about what we could do. I think the overall cost for the health checkup on my bird was a little more than I have paid at my local vet clinic, but it was well worth it. He clearly knew a lot more and told me things I never knew about my bird despite me getting annual exams for years at different vets in Milwaukee. H! e was very thorough and treated both my bird and me with respect. I have found my new bird vet (and herp vet once I decide what I am going to get!) As of May 2007, Dr. Gibbons is the only board certified avain vet in Wisconsin (maybe even all surrounding states?) (05/01/07)


    Margaret A. Regner, DVM
    Regner Veterinary Clinic
    10930 67th Pl.
    Kenosha, WI 53142
    Tel: (262) 694-3100
    Fax: (262)694-3939
  • PJH - She is very knowledgeable with igs and is very thorough and informative. (03/15/01)
  • Above feedback while at Kenosha Animal Hospital {Kenosha} {12/29/06)

    La Crosse

    Gary Weigel, DVM
    Thompson Animal Medical Center
    4540 Mormon Coulee Road
    La Crosse, WI 54601
    Tel: (608) 788-8820
    TH - Dr. Gary is well-informed, and attends continuing education seminars on a regular basis. Highly recommended to those living near or in the Coulee Region. (08/27/04)


    Ron Beatty, DVM
    My Pet's Vet
    11422 N. Port Washington Rd. Ste 103
    Mequon, WI 53092
    Tel: (262) 240-2215
  • TH - Dr. Beatty is a wonderful doctor. He has done all in his power to help every snake in my collection. He has even gone out of his way to get one of my special needs snakes to a specialist across the state. Very gentle and knowlegable, Dr. Beatty truly cares about the creatures he takes care of. (04/22/05)


    Jeffery D. Kowitz, DVM
    Lakeside Animal Hospital
    211 West Bender Road
    Milwaukee, WI 53217
    Tel: (414) 962-8040 In North Shore Milwaukee area.
    J -Examined adult male iguana. $150.00 including blood pannels, x-rays for bone density, fecal exam, "x-ray interpretation," and office visit. All these tests are not necesary unless ig is candidate for MIB. Normally would be much much cheaper without tests. Vet clinic is reputable, I was refered to Dr. Kowitz by another vet that didn't know what the hell he was doing. (04/30/03)


    Dr. Robert W. Pope
    Mosinee Veterinary Clinic
    549 State Highway 153
    Mosinee, WI 54455-1740
    Tel: (715) 693-6575
  • MW - Very easy to find, right off I-39 in Central Wisconsin. Member of ARAV. Examined a 5 month old Leopard Gecko. He spent an enormous amount of time (~40 minutes) just giving a checkup - was very gentle with her and thorough at the same time. He also did a fecal exam and administered a shot for tapeworms. Very good experience overall and I had to go back for another problem a week later and they took me right in and were willing to work with my schedule. Great experience overall and he asked all of the essential questions about my husbandry practices that showed he knew what he was talking about. (06/25/03)

    New Berlin

    Dale R. Hermann, DVM
    New Berlin Animal Hospital
    3840 South Moorland Road
    New Berlin, WI 53151
    Tel: (414) 782-6910


    Dr. Chris Voss
    Verona Animal Hospital
    203 West Verona Avenue
    Verona, WI 53593
    Tel: (608) 845-6700
    Fax: (608) 845-7411
  • Blue River - Vet has several years experience with reptiles and was very helpful to me with recent trouble with a boa of mine. (08/27/01)
  • TJ - I take all of my animals here. They have great knowledge of Leopard Geckos, Ball pythons, Green Iguanas, and Anoles. They are all super friendly and make you and your animal feel as comfortable as possible. (07/17/07)

    West Allis

    Dr. Troy Semandel
    Spirit of 76th Veterinary Clinic
    7606 W. Lincoln Avenue
    West Allis, WI 53219
    Tel: (414) 546-0750
    Additional Information:
    The vet does make house calls for owners who prefer not to bring their herp into the clinic.
  • KM - I have 2 iguanas Guy and Baby. He does a through examination on the iguanas mouth, body, skin condition. He takes his time with the owner as will, answering all questions, which none seem to be trival to him. He futher does follow up calls to see how the patient is doing. He truly enjoys working with herps you can see it in his demeaner. My iguanas and my bearded dragon have a fecal float test and a vet check once a year. They do go in if I feel there is something that is not right. I could go on, but I would run out of space. If you need to contact me feel free. (08/25/01)
  • AJ - I have been working with Dr. Semandel for about 5 years with my wide array of exotic animals. He will examine anything, from the smallest gecko to the largest monitor, and does so with an interest that can only be surpassed by the owner of the herp. All of my animals have been seen by Dr. Semandel, and I'm so confident in his ability, I now drive an hour to get to his clinic if I have a sick dragon. My animals include 2 adult bearded dragons, 2 juvenile bearded dragons, 2 baby bearded dragons, 1 spotted turtle, 2 dogs, and 2 cats. (02/01/06)
  • WP - Have taken my Russian Tortoise to see Dr. Semandel once and it proved that he is worth to see again. He did not try to sell me off with "PETCO" caresheets, he knows his herps and was helpful and welcoming to any and all questions I had. I would highly suggest this fine vet through my experience and those I've known from others for ANYONE in Southeastern Wisconsin. (04/05/07)

    Last updated: 11/14/07

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