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Small, scaly, feathered and furry

It can be difficult finding the right expertise for your exotic pet, but at Sandhole Veterinary Centre, we have both the qualifications and experience to offer the very best care to these special animals - from the smallest mammal up to the largest snake!

Our team understand the importance of a quiet and calm environment for many exotic species, and our facilities are tailored accordingly. We have dedicated facilities for housing aquatic and semi-aquatic patients and heat and light-controlled tanks for amphibians and reptiles. We also have separate wards for birds and small animals, away from the potential noise of our canine patients!

Our specialist facilities include:

  • Sevoflurane anaesthesia
  • Ventilator (important for exotic anaesthesia)
  • Specialised tortoise surgical equipment
  • Full range of rodent dentistry equipment, including a high-speed diamond burr
  • Specific surgical instruments for exotic species
  • State of the art digital radiography
  • Ultrasound
  • Access to a specialised exotics laboratory
  • Rigid endoscopy
  • Live Foods
  • In-house blood, urine and faecal testing

Preventative healthcare for your exotic pet

We provide a full and varied range of services to help keep your pet happy and healthy, including:

  • Neutering
  • Dentistry
  • Microchipping
  • Ferret vasectomies
  • Pre and post hibernation checks for tortoises
  • Dietary and husbandry advice
  • Blood testing for general health and to check for infectious disease (e.g. PBFD (Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease) in birds)
  • Post-purchase check-ups
  • Annual health checks
  • Faecal testing

Dietary and husbandry advice

Unfortunately, despite the owner's best intentions, in our experience, as many as 95% of cases of disease in exotic pets are caused by incorrect husbandry.

That is why we are pleased to offer complimentary post-consultation appointments with our exotic's nurse. Whether your question is about providing the correct diet for your beloved macaw, creating environmental enrichment for your red-eared terrapin, or housing your chameleon correctly, we will be happy to help.

Please call us on 01634 242502 to book your appointment.


Are you visiting us for the first time with an exotic pet?

As you know, these special creatures require an individual approach. To help us tailor our care and advice to your pet's specific needs and lifestyle, we would be grateful if you could take a few moments to complete the short online questione below. We look forward to meeting you and your exotic pet very soon!

Please fill in the appropriate version of our online questionare (reptile or avian) to help us.

By completing this form you consent to your personal details being passed to our referring vets  for the purposes of this referral.

Avian history form     Reptile history form

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