Dedicated veterinary care for Zoo, Avian, Aquatic & Unusual Pets

Origin Vets

Origin Vets was conceived as a veterinary service with a difference. We deal exclusively with non-domestic species. Exotic pets, birds, zoological collections, wildlife and fisheries all come under our care. It is run by Dr. Lance Jepson MA VetMB CBiol MSB MRCVS, Dr. Sophie Jenkins BVetMed PgC EAS MRCVS and Dr. Tom Bailey BSc, BVSc, MRCVS, CertZooMed,  MSc, PhD, Dip ECZM, RCVS Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, who collectively have a very wide experience with a huge range of species – from invertebrates to megafauna. In other words from rhinoceros beetles to rhinos – Origin Vets can deal with them all.

Origin Vets are active within the zoo and exotic vet community with memberships of the British Veterinary Zoological Society, Association of Avian Veterinarians, Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians and the European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians. We are also a Chicken Vet associated practice.

Origin Vets is based in (but not restricted to!) south Wales and we are available routinely at our partner surgeries (see Where to find us)

If you wish to contact Origin Vets please contact your nearest partner surgery to arrange an appointment or to discuss your needs.


Welcome to our Facebook page. Origin Vets is a veterinary service dedicated to the care of zoo, aquatic and unusual pets. It is run by Dr Lance Jepson MRCVS, Dr Sophie Jenkins MRCVS, Dr Tom Bailey MRCVS and Dr Kevin Jones MRCVS, four vets with wide experience of a whole range of non-domestic species. From tarantulas to peregrine falcons, goldfish to giraffes (and with a smattering of racoons, rabbits, rattlesnakes and raptors in the middle) we at Origin Vets are happy to treat and advise on their care and welfare. Other vets see domestic animals – we treat the rest! Our contact details can be found on To give the best possible service that we can, we strongly advise that if you are worried or need professional advice about your animal, please call the nearest of our partner surgeries and book an appointment to see either Sophie, Tom, Kevin or Lance. Our Facebook page is here to help you keep in touch with what we at Origin Vets are doing. Unfortunately we cannot comment or give advice/diagnoses via this page – we’ll leave that to the quacks on the forums. If you wish to see Sophie, Tom, Kevin or Lance for an appointment you’ll need to contact one of our host practices. Thanks, Sophie, Tom, Kevin and Lance.
OriginvetsFriday, May 26th, 2017 at 7:38pm
Fascinating talk on CT scanning of spadefoot toads in the Netherlands
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OriginvetsThursday, May 25th, 2017 at 8:50pm
Early start for Lance on the first day of the European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians 2017 conference.
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OriginvetsFriday, May 12th, 2017 at 9:54pm
7.30pm tonight on BBC Wales....
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OriginvetsSaturday, May 6th, 2017 at 8:23am
Hope you've all been watching Vets 24/7 on BBC Wales...our new Origin Vet Kevin was starring tonight and Lance pops his head over the TV parapet next Friday....
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OriginvetsSaturday, May 6th, 2017 at 8:13am
From APHA : Avian flu Prevention Zones have ended in Scotland and Wales. The ban on gatherings remains in place until 15 May in Scotland and Wales. See and
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