Exotic pets are more common in the UK and need a much wider range of knowledge than just treating more common household pets.

Our Exotics service covers most of Dorset but we have also had recent patients from as far afield London, Andover  and Chichester and we undertake a mixture of first opinion and referral work.

Our Exotics Service is led by Stan Livy has been deeply involved with all exotic species for the last 18 years, he has also completed a European SVPS Certificate in Exotic Animal Practice. He has published articles on Avian and Gerbil orthopaedics and has treated species from Emus to Corals!

Vet bathing a tortoise in the clinic

It is now strengthened with the addition Esme Morishima who has joined us after completing an exotics internship at Highcroft Referrals in Bristol in a specialist exotics department. She is now working towards her RCVS certificate in advanced practice and zoological medicine.


We have specific medical and surgical experience with:

  • All Bird types: Birds of Prey, Parrots, Game/Poultry especially chickens, Passerines, Emus and Wildlife.
  • Most common and some uncommon mammal species covering a spectra from Pigs, ferrets, skunks, rodents, hystricomorphs, and commonly kept marsupials.
  • Commonly kept reptiles eg. Bearded Dragons, Bosc Monitors, Chameleons, Geckos, Skinks.
  • Common and less common Tortoises and Terrapin species.
  • Snakes: all commonly kept species. We are also familiar with DWA legislation and can advise when required. Cases involving DWA species especially venomous species will require discussion prior to presentation.
  • Amphibia and invertebrates: Axolotls,  Exotic Frogs and Toads, Giant African Land Snails and Tarantulas
  • Fish and Corals.

We also have specific equipment such as low flow anaesthetic systems, ventilators and cautery to deal with the unique challenges these species pose when undergoing treatments or surgery.

As exotic species have differing needs to other pet species we will try and tailor your appointment in order to minimise stress to the animal species concerned and give you and your animal the best service we can. When possible please fill in the attached history forms at the bottom of the page. Note there are not forms for every species we see.

We are also happy to see referral cases for difficult or unresponsive cases from other practices. We are also happy to offer advice to local veterinary clinics for certain cases.

NOTE due to the sheer number of requests we are no longer able to offer free advice via phone or email to non clients or for animals we have not physically seen. This is also covered by the recent 2024 Under Care Guidance.

Bird form     Fish Form     Reptile form

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