Treating all species from newts to giraffes, our vets have extensive experience and provide a friendly, accessible and caring service for your animals.
Our vets are supported by our team of skilled and experienced exotics nurses, including Becca Darbyshire, Leeanne Taylor, Charlotte Horsley and Lynne Parkinson who all hold further exotic nursing qualifications. Evie Elcock is currently studying towards gaining her exotics certificate, too.
Our head exotics vet, Mark Naguib, is an RCVS certificate holder in zoological medicine (the study of birds, reptiles, exotic mammals, amphibians and fish) and an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine. He is assisted by Gemma Graham and Hannah Tate, who are both currently studying towards gaining their RCVS certificates in zoological medicine.
Mark has extensive experience in the field and has treated over 350 different species belonging to pet owners, zoos, falconry centres and wildlife charities. He regularly gives advice to other vets and has given lectures on a variety of topics to animal owners, vets, nurses and students.
Mark accepts second opinion and referral cases from across the country and is happy to give telephone advice to other veterinary surgeons. If you are a referring vet, please see our exotics online referral form.
These include thermostatically controlled vivaria, nebulisation and dietary provision appropriate to the species treated – all in a minimal stress environment away from dogs and cats.
Because exotic species often show non-specific signs of illness, other methods are often necessary to diagnose and treat them.
At Battle Flatts, we have the facilities to perform digital X-rays, ultrasound scans and we utilise small video-endoscopic cameras to view and take samples from the internal organs of mammals, birds, reptiles and even fish.
Anaesthesia and surgery
Due to their small size and very different requirements to dogs and cats, special equipment and expertise is required to safely anaesthetise and perform surgery on exotics.
With extensive cross species experience, exotic nursing qualified staff, modern equipment including vetronic ventilators and two vets further trained in exotic anaesthesia and surgery, we can anaesthetise birds, reptiles, fish, amphibians and exotic mammals as safely as possible.