Our Hospital


Dr. Dean Axelson (1934-2011), founder of The Links Road Animal & Bird Clinic in 1973, was considered one of the pioneers of avian and exotic animal medicine in Canada since his graduation from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1960. Over the course of his career, he imparted his vast wealth of knowledge to many prominent avian and exotic veterinarians including his son, Dr. Rick Axelson, the current owner/partner of The Links Road Animal & Bird Clinic. He was past president of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (1985). He had written extensively on veterinary subjects, authored a chapter in a veterinary text book on Avian Dermatology and was the author of “So You Want A Pet Bird” (1981). He had lectured extensively across Ontario and North America. Dean Axelson appeared on many radio and television shows. Dean Axelson received the OVMA Golden Life Membership Award 2004 recognizing individuals who have served the veterinary profession in an extraordinary manner. He retired from full time veterinary practice in 1997.

The Links Road Animal & Bird Clinic promotes the wellness of birds, rabbits, ferrets, rodents, reptiles and other exotic pets.

The Links Road Animal & Bird Clinic offers care for all exotic pets with expertise encompassing approximately 60 years of combined clinical and surgical experience. We strive to meet the needs of patients and their owners. Our special interest and expertise is focused on birds and exotic animals.  Our Toronto facility is certified under the rigorous guidelines of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO). Our staff offer a wide range of veterinary services.  We also volunteer our expertise and surgical services for The Owl Foundation.

Our Patients:

  • Parrots & Caged Birds
  • Exotic Pets
  • Rabbits
  • Ferrets
  • Chinchillas
  • Reptiles – Snakes, Lizards, Turtles, Tortoises
  • Amphibians
  • Rodents – Hamsters, Gerbils, Rats, Degus, Mice
  • Pocket Pets
  • Hedgehogs
  • Sugar gliders
Location Hours
Monday9:00am – 7:00pm
Tuesday9:00am – 7:00pm
Wednesday9:00am – 7:00pm
Thursday9:00am – 7:00pm
Friday9:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday9:00am – 2:00pm

By Appointment Only - Appointments start at 10 a.m. Drop offs and pick ups as of 8 a.m. For Emergencies after hours call: The Veterinary Emergency Clinic - 416-920-2002. *The doctors at the Veterinary Emergency Clinic may not always have the same intimate knowledge of, or comfort level in, dealing with certain species of animals as we do at The Links Road Animal & Bird Clinic. But they will always be honest with you and do the best they can to get your pet through an emergency.