An exotic vet is a veterinarian who specialises in exotic animals, rather than the typical cats and dogs. The basics would be the same as becoming a regular vet, only you would be studying different species.
Banfield or however it's spelled at Petsmart is convenient if you need immediate weekend care within normal hours. They arn't cheap by any means. My vets have lost a few customers to them due to it being more convenient while also being sold a wellness plan. Turns out their wellness package doesn't include emergencies in their offices or any other vets including another Petsmart location. If you animal dies for any reason & your still in their contract you are still obligated until the contract expires. I took my kitten there for sudden diarrhea on a Sunday, I brought my own stool sample & had a coupon for a free office visit & exam as it was a promotion for a Petsmart/Banfield newly opened facility. It was still over $70-. She was treated fine, I was treated like a number...though they kept SMILING. They gave her an antibiotic for 10 bucks & trimmed her nails for $50...Yeah, believe it ! Other then that they did vitals which was included with an office exam. I wouldn't have them as a primary vet. My vets clients have returned to him though it's a drive. Theve learned first hand how a chain vet clinic is far less superior. I saw a red flag when I was filling out the initial paperwork while waiting...stupid inane questions thrown in. I noticed a surplus of people around with no real interest or handling beyond a,,, may I have your ticket, smile. It was gross to me, but my kitten got her needs met nonetheless.