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About Us
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Our Services and Facilities

Boarding Forms
Emergency Services
Behavior Class
Staff and their pets
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Externship Opportunities

Bird Care and Info

New Bird/Basic Care
Homemade Toys
Taking Your Bird Outside
Printable Information
Rat-Bite Fever
Sprouting Seeds
Yearly Exams


In 1994, we moved to our Chesterfield location. In 2008, we expanded with an additional 13oo square feet and remodeled our existing 2300 square feet. Our 4600 square foot facility is a full service Hospital for birds, cats, dogs and small mammals. We are able to provide a large Retail area, a comfortable Reception area, Boarding, Grooming, Radiology, Surgery, Dentistry, In-House Laboratory, In-House Pharmacy, three Exam Rooms and an outdoor 200 foot exercise area.

Our retail area offers a large supply of bird toys, caging supplies and bird foods. We carry Kaytee Forti-diet seed and we carry bird pellet food made by Scenic, Prettybird, Roudybusch, Harrisons, Zupreem and Kaytee Exact. For our small mammals we carry Oxbow pellets and hay. Science Diet is Dr. Kersting's choice for his dog and cat patients. Dry and can food is available for maintenance and Prescription dog and cat Science Diet. For dogs and cats, we have treats, toys, training supplies and dental disease prevention items.

Our Bird Boarding is divided into a large Bird Boarding room and a small Bird Boarding room. We have two spacious rooms for counter top cages and floor cages. Each room has music, a refrigerator, a microwave, kitchen sinks and large interior and exterior windows for open floor plans with sunshine.

The dog and cat Grooming Suite is equipped with a large hydraulic lift grooming table, a walk up bath tub and stainless steel cages with safe dryer systems for your pet's comfort.

Our employees Kitchen Lounge coexists with our cat Boarding Condos. Each unit has a lower litter pan area and an upper sleeping level. The Suite unit then connects to a central play area. An owner can rent up to four connecting suites for one cat. Talk about luxury accommodations. We also have a pet Beta Fish in an aquarium or a television for the entertainment of our feline friends.

We have two separate dog Boarding Rooms. The Standard Room of runs and stainless steel cages has music and lambs wool covers for vinyl cots. Cages have towel and blanket liners. The Suite Room also has lambs wool and vinyl cots along with a flat panel television which plays dog and cat theme movies along with the show Animal Planet. The room is equipped with blanket and towel lined stainless steel cages. All dogs are walked on a 200 foot, grass yard four times a day.

Radiology is equipped with Mammography Film and cassettes for high detail images for birds and small mammals. Rare Earth High Detail Film provides excellent images for dogs and cats. The State of Missouri routinely inspects our equipment along with staff radiation monitoring badges. A lead wall and lead lined glass window allows our clients to watch radiographs being taken of their pet.

Our Treatment Room is a multipurpose room. It serves as a recovery room for surgery patients, an operating room for minor surgeries, a Dental Suite, and a hospital room for sick or injured dogs and cats. The Doctors Office is off this room for close monitoring of the patients.

The Bird Hospital room is also off the Doctors Office for patient monitoring. The Hospital has its own air system. This system allows for increased air exchange in the Hospital room and the exhaust air leaves the building and does not recirculate with the rest of the facility. This is important for disease prevention. Small stainless steel cages, aquariums and client bird cages provide temporary homes for sick or injured birds from canaries to swans. Sick birds are maintained at 85 degrees and can be supported by oxygen from five oxygen regulators carts. A large glass window allows for ease of observation without disturbing the patient. An Animal Intensive Care Unit allows us to hospitalize baby birds without feathers and still maintain their body temperature and humidity. We have 7 nebulizer systems for hospital or in home treatments for birds with respiratory infections.

The Surgery room is equipped with Sevoflurane anesthesia which is actively scavenged from the patient and the staff and vent outdoors for environmental safety. Sevoflurane is used in Human medicine in Pediatrics. It is an odorless gas breathed in by mask. It will cause a child or a bird to fall asleep faster and wake up smoother. Sevoflurane is much more expensive than Isoflurane but we feel the benefits are worth the expense. While a patient is asleep, we actively breathe for the patient every six seconds. By supplementing oxygen to the patient while their breathing is decreased under anesthesia, we increase dramatically the survivability of small patients. We utilize a warm water circulating heating pad under the surgical patient and we surround the patient with a Bear Hugger. This human operating machine provides 95 degrees to 115 degrees in a encircling pillow of heat to insure the patient does not loose more than 2 degrees of body heat during surgery. This ensures greater success in recovery. Monitors are vital to success of surviving surgery. We use a rubber, rectal thermometer for body temperature. We use an apnea monitor to audibly hear each breath a patient takes during surgery. Next we use a Doppler Monitor placed over an artery to hear each heart beat of a patient. Adjustments in oxygen and anesthesia levels can be made when breathing or heart rates slow down. We use a laptop electrocardiograph (ECG) to record heartbeats as high as 500 beats a minute for a bird. We can monitor our patients or fax or email recordings to a cardiologist for immediate review. Surgery is equipped with Radiosurgery which is comparable to Laser but shown to have less collateral tissue damage. A pair of tweezers which have radiowaves flowing through the tips allows tissue to be picked up and cut in two with no bleeding. Hemoclips replace sutures in birds and small patients. These tiny stainless steel clamps are placed on arteries replacing the old fashioned sutures. An intraosseous catheter is placed in the center of the ulna bone of the wing. This technology is used extensively in premature babies and infants at Children's Hospital. This catheter allows us to replace blood loss in birds and other patients with crystalloids fluids, colloidal fluids, Hetastarch, Oxyheoglobin or whole blood transfusions. Emergency drugs for changes in breathing, blood pressure or heart rate can immediately be administered.

The next important tool is our Human Surgical Operating Binocular Loopes. These are worn as glasses but magnify 4 times and provide an intense Halogen light inside the patient for incredible visual acuity. I have successfully spayed a finch because if this wonderful magnification. It is like wearing a pair of binoculars. The last special item in our operating suite is Rigid Endoscopy. We have three miniature Fiber-optic Scopes which allow the doctor to make a tiny incision and place a telescope inside the patient and see the view on a television. We can introduce instruments internally (Mouth, Trachea, Rectum, Abdomen or Chest) to grab a foreign object or biopsy a mass or take samples for culture. You can choose traditional spay surgery or you can choose a three point entry fiber-optic procedure to spay a bird for a minimally invasive surgery. Though more expensive it leads to a faster surgical recovery.

In our in-house Laboratory we perform Gram Stains, Giardia tests, fecal parasite centrifugation, Complete Blood Counts (CBC), Blood Chemistries, Heartworm tests and Dermatophyte Fungal cultures, skin scrapings and urinalysis. When bird blood work results are not needed immediately, we submit samples by overnight FedEx to California Avian Laboratory. This lab specializes in bird and small animal samples and is able to provide us with a larger volume of information. Zoo/Exotic Pathology Service is one of the top avian pathologist in the country providing our hospital with cytology and pathology services. Veterinary Molecular Diagnostics laboratory provides DNA blood testing for all avian diseases testing. Dog and cat samples are picked up by courier and delivered to Antech Laboratories. Results are same day or next day for most samples.

In our Pharmacy we are able to compound medications. We use a combination of Ora-plus and Ora-sweet to put medications for birds into a sweet tasting solution. We use a local compounding pharmacy called Speciality Pharmacy of St. Louis to create tasty medications for our dog and cat patients.

Please make note of the after-hour emergency service we offer. We recommend a full physical exam once a year and send out reminders to all patients.

David J. Kersting, D.V.M.
Offering complete care for birds
Member of the association of avian veterinarians

132 Four Seasons Shopping Center
(Woodsmill and Olive)
Chesterfield, MO 63017

Monday 7:30 to 6:00
Tuesday 7:30 to 6:00
Wednesday 8:00 to 6:00
Thursday 7:30 to 8:00
Friday 7:30 to 6:00
Saturday 7:30 to 2:00
Sunday Closed

Office: 314-469-6661
Emergency: 314-569-5700 (Pager)
Fax: 314-469-9019

David J. Kersting, D.V.M. | 132 Four Seasons Shopping Center (Woodsmill and Olive), Chesterfield, MO 63017
Office: 314-469-6661 | Emergency: 314-569-5700 (Pager) | Fax: 314-469-9019