I don't think the pet stores in Austin have a clue when it comes to some animals. I picked up a Richardson's ground squirrel a while back, that the store thought was a prairie dog. So never ever take their word on anything and do your own research.
There are several vets in the Austin area that work with exotics. I take most of mine to Research Pet & Bird
, in north Austin. Dr.s Skellenger and Lewellen have both been very helpful, and while they haven't seen my prairie dogs, even back during the ban they said they would, any time.
Westgate Pet & Bird
is another, if you're south. Dr. Brandt is good. Looking at their website, I guess Dr. Miller from there retired, he was the one that saw my hedgehogs, and while rather condescending, he really knew what he was doing.
is another in the northern area. Dr. Hardy (or Doctor Bob as most call him), isn't as experienced as the other vets above, but he's been doing exotics for several years now. I wanted to meet him, so took my genet to him for her to be spayed and he did a great job. I think he's also a little more reasonable, as far as price.
There's also Buttercup Creek Animal Hospital
up in Cedar Park. I've taken rabbits and snakes to them - I bet they'd see a prairie dog. They have a nice staff and do a good job, but I don't think I've ever seen the same vet there twice.