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Born and bred on the East Coast of South Africa, I have always had a fascination for birds, reptiles and general wildlife. In my teens, being a bit of a maverick I was known to remove unwanted snakes from people’s houses, including venomous species. Over the years I have kept and bred many reptiles, amphibians and birds of prey.
Deciding to pursue a career in Veterinary medicine a bit later in life than most students, I dived straight into mixed practice with a high caseload of exotic work. This allowed me to focus on exotics and complete my further training in my chosen field. You can still find me doing the odd lambing and calving.
I qualified from the University of Veterinary medicine in Slovakia on the English taught program. There, my diploma thesis was on the Prevalence of hemoparasites in snakes found in South Africa. This involved me capturing and blood sampling many different venomous snakes from the wild and venom extraction units. Subsequently, I won the 1st prize at the Student Scientific Conference and was lucky enough to be published.
Having practiced at some large commercial collections and being the vet for multiple private collections, I pride myself in offering a complete service. Avian orthopaedics is a keen interest of mine, I have undertaken further study in this area, and carried out procedures in multiple avian species. I am proud to have used those skills for several non-profit Wildlife rehabilitation centres in the UK.
I am an active member in British Veterinary Zoological Society, Association of Avian Veterinarians, Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians and the Veterinary Deer Society.
RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine
GPCert ExAP (Exotic Animal Practice)
PgC (Exotic Animal Studies)