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Peter Helmer, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Avian & Exotic Medicine

Board Certified in Avian Practice

On The Job

Interested in both medicine and zoology at a young age, Dr. Peter Helmer decided that working with birds and exotic animals offered him the best of both worlds. He came to BluePearl with almost 20 years of experience in both small animal medicine and avian and exotics medicine. Early in his career he was a clinical instructor in zoo, exotics and wildlife animal medicine at Kansas State, and he continues to lecture at national conferences on topics such as avian orthopedics, radiology and physical exam. His special interests include senior pet care, especially long-lived birds, orthopedics, surgery and treatment of rabbit and rodent dental disease.

Dr. Helmer treats birds of all types, including backyard poultry; non-venomous reptiles; amphibians; and small non-domestic mammals such as rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, sugar gliders, hamsters and rats.


Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Avian Practice)
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, Ontario

Off Duty

Dr. Helmer’s home is filled with the kind of a menagerie of animals you might expect from an avian specialist: there are two dogs and a cat – golden retriever Davis, shih tzu Fergie, and domestic short-hair cat Boots – plus a Derbyan parakeet named Big Bird and a yellow-naped Amazon parrot, Sonny, who is almost as old as Dr. Helmer is. In addition to spending time with his family, favorite pastimes include kayaking, fishing, growing orchids, cooking and enjoying fine wine.

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