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The best vets for pets

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TYPE OF PRACTICE *The Doctors Work As a Team to Provide Continuous and Readily Available Health Care for Your Pets. The Hospital Provides Progressive, Up to Date Veterinary Care and a Quality Service that is Exceptional. We Have Doctors that are Trained In: *Exotic *Avian *Reptile *Canine & Feline Medicine *As Well As Orthopedic And General Surgery APPOINTMENTS *Please Call for An Appointment. All Emergencies or Any Condition Requiring Urgent Treatment Will Be Seen Immediately EMERGENCIES *All Emergencies are Seen Any Time During Business Hours. Care for After-hours Emergencies Provided by Our Local Emergency Clinic


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Fax: (512) 346-4571


Dental cleanings, vaccinations, spays, neuters

science diet, wellness
Payment method
all major credit cards

SE Corner Research & Duval Rd

Northwest Austin, Mesa Park

Boarding, grooming

Veterinary Clinics & Hospitals, Kennels, Pet Grooming, Veterinarians, Veterinary Labs, Pet Boarding & Kennels, Dog & Cat Grooming & Supplies, Pet Services
Other Information

Parking: Lot

Services: Flea Treatment, Microchip Implants, Neutering, Spaying



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Paula R.



Horrible service and took me to the cleaners!

I took my bird to him at 8 in the morning..I was told he would get fluids to build his strength up..within 30 minutes, this man called to say that my bird had died. I had signed forms which showed an estimate of $800, if he had to do surgery and all of these other things. When the doctor called me, he stated that he did not have time to do any kind of surgery or

X-rays or anything. He said that when he attempted to give my bird anesthesia, my bird passed away! However, he had the NERVE to charge me $860 for 30 minutes of nothing! $860???? The Better Business Bureau is my next contact, and then court!

Great Vet I recomend this place

I took Rambo for the first time after another dog attacked him, after calling a few places and got turned down because of the short notice and been on a Saturday, I called this place and they took me in with no problem even though they were really busy too. I called my Vet at Hill Country in Cedar park and they didn't have anything available until the following week. By looking at the reviews I felt confident that a lot of people likes this place so I called, they saw my dog, they took the time and patience with Rambo, who is a little grumpy some times. While I was waiting, I was surprised off all the kinds of animals that they see, dogs, cats, rabbits, exotic birds etc. This is a unique place. Thanks for this great service, I will bring all my babies here from now on. I highly recommend this place. thanks from Vanessa and Rambo

Disaster Guy


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Great Support and Understanding

We have two Bichons and we are wanting to have one litter before we have our dogs spayed and neutered.

Dr. Skellenger to the time to talk to us and perform a thorough exam of our ""kids"". We felt he and the staff went above and beyond in helping us. Even to the point of Dr. Skellenger walking out to the lobby and sitting beside me assuring me that everything would be OK.

I could never imgaine taking my kids anywhere else.

In addition, the fact that Dr. Skellenger was an Aggie didn't bother me ;-) He and the staff are super.

Thankful ""future"" parents

running on empty


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Great vet clinic/hospital

We have been taking our 6-7 cats to this clinic for 18+ yrs. We have seen some of the other vets in the clinic but our favorites are Dr Skellenger , Dr Clinton, and Dr Lewelle.. When we have seen some of the other doctors and vet techs who we did not care for, all we had to do is tell the front staff and they changed us to a different doctor immediately and took our complaints seriously.
When the cats first started getting their dental cleanings I requested that if the cats had any cavities to fill them if the teeth were fixable. Dr Skellenger was great in fixing the teeth that needed it. He helped us understand feline dental cavities and gave us a lot of information on dental health. They now have digital xrays which are easier and clearer to read and also less radiation for the animals.
We've also had some of our cats with problems, heart murmur, kidney problems that were all addressed very assertively.
When any of the cats had to go under anes. for surgery or dental or even if they were sick, the staff would also call either that night or the next day to check on the cats status.
When our cats quality of life is no longer good and their life ends they,staff and doctors, are very compassionate and comforting. They even gave us a paw print clay cookie with the pets name on it. WE have 4 of these now.
The staff has always been polite. There are days that they are swamped and extremely busy and the front desk can get overloaded but they try very hard to be pleasant and efficient.
When I had to board the cats I checked multiply clinics and most were open cages with cage floors and very very small but RPBH kennel area was the best that I found, they were like kitty apartments, one room for litter box, one room for bed. The area was very clean. When I picked up the cats they all smelled clean and were healthy.
Overall we have been extremely happy with RPBH,



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Excellent Veterinary Care

My cherished relationship with Dr. Skellenger and the staff at Research Pet & Bird Hospital started about a decade ago and is still going strong to this day. Dr. Skellenger's knowledge and dedication to his patients and their owners is second to none. Here's my story... My dog Barkley (the love of my life) and I started out seeing Dr. Skellenger for routine exams and dental cleanings when needed. As Barkley got older, I learned the importance of the ""Health Plan"", which is simply a more comprehensive set of routine tests to make sure all of his systems were functioning properly. Through the years, the test results showed some changes and with medication we were able to slow the aging process and keep Barkley as healthy as a puppy! Dr. Skellenger was truly instrumental in prolonging Barkley's quality of life for many additional years. Honestly, without Dr. Skellenger I would have lost Barkley years ago. Unfortunately, Barkley had to be put to rest this past September, which was in a word, devastating! Dr. Skellenger stood by us and was so compassionate during this difficult time.

In addition to caring for Barkley, Dr. Skellenger also cares for my other dog Hailey, and my two cats, Ringo and Mia (my little princess).

Also, I have gotten to know the staff pretty well at RPBH and must say that they are some of the best folks around! I'm always greeted with a smile and love when we get the chance to chat. To me, the staff and Dr. Skellenger are family.

I would never consider taking my beloved pets anywhere but RPBH.

Jennifer Christena



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Awsome caring people

My experience was one of perfection and ease. Timing was crutial and they had my dog Buddy on time and ready to go. They really care about their customers and their pets.



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Best Vets in Austin

My little girl has 2 new best friends - Dr. Skellenger & Dr. Lewellen. She is getting older in age and yet they never see her like that. They see her as my baby dog and treat her as if she is in the beginning of her life. I have been taking her to see them since I first moved to Austin almost 8 years ago and wouldn't dream of going anywhere else. We have always received friendly and prompt service whether it's a simple vacine or a tumor in the ear. They have always treated her as if she was their own pet and me as a friend. I strongly urge anyone looking for a new vet to visit this clinic!!!



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Terrible Vets

I took my dog here when she was in pain and having trouble walking, and the Dr. (whose specialty was orthopedic surgery) recommended $2000 worth of surgery to open the channel in her spine even though the xrays showed minimal if any arthritis there. I took her to Westgate, and they immediately found a softball-sized tumor on her spleen by simple palpitation, which was even more obvious when the xrays were sent there from RP&BH. I would never take an animal to RP&BH again. Absolute incompetents.

Also- look at the reviews- notice there are only 5 star and 0 star reviews, and that the reviews that are 5-star are generic where the zero star reviews are specific. That is a certain sign that the 5-star reviews are shills, and the minute you step into the lobby you'll see an office full of miserable animals and clients- it's difficult to imagine anybody giving this place more than one star. Also- if you care about your pet, don't go to a place that touts low cost in their sham reviews- no good vet is cheap and it means that there isn't much else to recommend them.



Outstanding care

Every summer my family and I take a long vacation and unfortunately, we are not able to bring our dog with us. So as not to burden our neighbors, we take our dog to Research Pet & Bird Hospital. We have used there boarding facilities a number of times over the past few years. As always, they give loving attention and care to our dog. Our dog enjoys going there. The entire staff is friendly and personal and recognize how important our pet is to us.

THanks so much!




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great place to take your pets

they took care of my pet that was on deaths door and brought him back to life!!! They work with me on cost and gave many great ideas to help with my pet! I have been to all kind of vets. These guys are 5 stars in my book.



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Do not take your pets here!

I only give this place one star because there is no lower choice. The vet I saw does not have her named listed, and honestly, I don't remember it, but I have never had a worse experience with a vet. They recommended treatment for my rabbit that would have probably cost her life. Luckily, I followed my instincts and went to another vet for a second opinion. Too bad I had already waister nearly $150 on the poor treatment they offered at Research Blvd. Pet and Bird. I would not recommend this place to anyone.



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Best Clinic in Austin

My pets have been seeing Dr. Morelli and Dr. Weirauch for a year and a half now and my fiance's family has been bringing their animals here for years. I always receive a warm greeting at the door and Dr. Weirauch and Dr. Morelli are extremely knowledgable and have the best bedside manner. They always make my pets feel welcome and I know that they are receiving the best possible care. I would highly recommend this clinic to anyone with a furry, feathered, or scaly friend that need veterinary care.



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Indiscretion and Inexperience nearly cost my dog his life!!!!

Dr Morelli?s indiscretion and inexperience nearly cost my dog his life.

I transferred my dog to Research Pet & Bird clinic while he was on O2 @ 7am in the morning directly from the emergency animal clinic on 183N. Dr Morelli did not examine my dog until 2pm. After x-raying my dog and discovering that he had pneumonia she proceeded to put him under an anesthetic for further examination, which is life threatening for my breed (brachycephalic) of dog.

After the examination her ONLY recommendation was euthanasia, she never once discussed treatment options. The clinic receptionists also tried to persuade me into euthanasia after I declined their euthanasia recommendation.

Needless to say I did not heed her advice and have a happy & healthy dog.

This is the worst vet clinic I have ever been too. I would not recommend this vet clinic to my worst enemy.



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Dr. Judith Weirauch

Dr. Weirauch posseses everything you owuld want in a vet - she's thorough, she presents all the options for care & treatment, she is compassionate, she takes the time with your animal and with you. To back her up, the staff makes you feel special and they almost always know your pet AND you by name. I have been going there for 9 years and will continue to go.