Exotic pets

Exotic pets

What we see

We see everything from rabbits and small furries to exotic mammals, birds, reptiles, invertebrates, amphibians and fish. If you keep any of these exciting pets, Highcroft Veterinary Group has one of the best veterinary services available for you.

Exotic pets come in all shapes and sizes and we are able to treat the following (and more):

Small mammals

  • Chinchillas
  • Degus
  • Ferrets
  • Guinea pigs
  • Hamsters
  • Rabbits
  • Rats
  • Sugar gliders


  • Budgerigars
  • Chickens
  • Cockatiels
  • Parrots
  • Waterfowl


  • Lizards
  • Snakes
  • Tortoises


  • Spiders or other insects

Amphibians or fish

  • Frogs
  • Salamanders

Who we are

Our dedicated team includes RCVS and European Specialist in Zoological Medicine, Elisabetta Mancinelli; exotic species veterinary surgeons Jemma Hildrew and Sonya Miles; veterinary nurses Kati Heddington, Laura Warren, Jessica Randall-Willsher and Gemma Holloway-Compton.

Together they put 100% care and passion into the needs of these very special creatures and provide first opinion and referral services for ALL exotic pets.

What we do

We see a wide variety of species on a daily basis and are pleased to offer the following services and facilities:

  • A separate dedicated ward for exotic species, with specialist hospitalisation equipment, including vivaria, large accommodation for bonded or giant rabbits and aquaria for aquatic species.
  • A state-of-the-art surgical suite with specialist equipment.
  • Excellent surgical and nursing skills for the less commonly encountered pets.
  • Thorough clinical examinations of new pets and advice for new owners.
  • Routine and emergency consultations for all exotic species.
  • Avian behavioural consultations.
  • Routine neutering of various species, including chemical neutering (implantation) for ferrets.
  • Surgical procedures including neutering, advanced soft tissue and orthopaedics.
  • Dental care for both simple and complex dental cases.
  • Advanced diagnostic imaging on site: digital radiography, ultrasonography, endoscopy, CT and MRI scanning.
  • On site laboratory services including blood and faecal testing.
  • Laser therapy.
  • Physiotherapy.
  • Thorough clinical examination of new pets and advice for new owners.
  • Routine health checks, including clinical examination, review of husbandry, weighing and measuring.
  • Surgical procedures including neutering and laparoscopy (keyhole surgery).
  • Dental care, both routine prophylactic care and treatment of tooth problems.
  • On-site CT scanner (one of the few practices in the country regularly CT scanning exotic species).
  • Further investigations: blood, urine and faecal samples are analysed in house or sent to laboratories specialising in exotic species for evaluation; radiology (X-ray); ultrasound; endoscopy.
  • Sevoflurane anaesthetic and a ventilator to provide ideal conditions for small mammals, reptiles and birds under general anaesthetic.

For more information or to book an appointment please contact Highcroft Veterinary Hospital on 01275 832410.