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):

Exotic mammals

  • Chinchillas
  • Degus
  • Ferrets
  • Guinea pigs
  • Hamsters
  • Rabbits
  • Rats
  • Sugar gliders
  • Other exotic mammals


  • Budgerigars
  • Chickens
  • Cockatiels
  • Birds of prey
  • Parrots
  • Waterfowl
  • Other avian species


  • Lizards
  • Snakes
  • Tortoises/turtles
  • Other reptiles


  • Spiders or other insects

Amphibians or fish

  • All fish
  • all amphibian species

Who we are

Our dedicated team, led by RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine and WAVMA Certified Aquatic Species Veterinarian Sonya Miles, includes exotic species interns Amy Reynolds and Caoimhe Hodgins and veterinary nurses Kati Heddington and Laura Warren.

Together they put 100% care and passion into the needs of these very special creatures, offering both a first opinion and referral service all year round.

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.
  • 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.