If you have an exotic pet (i.e. reptiles, birds, small mammals and fish), you can now benefit from the exotic pet service at the Village Vet Hampstead. In many cases it is difficult for the owner to identify early signs of illness in these animals and veterinary treatment is sought at too late a stage. It is very important therefore to seek regular veterinary advice and health checks and to learn how the animal is normally (appearance, behaviour, feeding etc.), as any deviation could indicate illness.
Exotic Pets Expertise
Struan Henderson. Struan graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 2002, and started his career in a companion animal practice in Birmingham. Struan’s developed his clinical interests in exotics, largely inspired by his keeping and breeding of tortoises as a teenager. He has also owned pet snakes. Latterly, he has broadened his interests to include avian medicine and surgery, and recently spent over two years working in an avian and exotic pet practice in Dubai, UAE.
He has completed a wide range of veterinary courses targeted towards exotic pet species, including being in the first group of vets to complete the General Practitioner Certificate in Exotic Animal Practice (course only). Most recently, he attended a reptile endoscopy wetlab, at the veterinary college in Barcelona, Spain. In Dubai, his clinical duties involved avian diagnostic and surgeries on a daily basis, on falcons as well as parrots. Video endoscopy was routinely practiced as a result.
He is a member of the British Veterinary Zoological Society, and is enrolled on the RCVS Advanced Veterinary Practice Certificate in Zoological Medicine.
Struan is now based at Village Vet Potters Bar and would welcome first opinion and referral cases involving exotic species
Gracia Vila has expertise in exotic pets. Since she qualified in 1998, she has worked as a vet in private practice and at the Royal Veterinary College Beaumont Animals Hospital, where her caseload has ranged from dogs and cats to a wide variety of small mammals, birds, reptiles and even fish. In 2002, she completed the Royal Veterinary College MSc degree in Wild Animal Health, and she is currently preparing for the RCVS Certificate in Zoological Medicine.
Gracia is now consulting every Tuesday and many Saturdays at the Village Vet Maida Vale, during the practices normal working hours – call 0207 289 1000 to make an appointment. Clients may also be referred to her by their local Village Vet.
Avian Pets Expertise
Jamie Rushton has avian expertise and a very keen ineterst in avian medicine, including a post graduate qualificiation in Avian medicine. Jamie is a Member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians. Jamie particularly focuses on Avian Behavioural problems but is happy to see clients with all avian enquiries.
Jamie is now consulting at the Village Vet Hampstead, during the practices normal working hours – call 0207 794 4948 to make an appointment. Clients may also be referred to him by their local Village Vet.