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

For an appointment with ORIGIN VETS call us on 0333 800 1602

Welcome to Origin Vets

Origin Vets was conceived as a veterinary service with a difference.  Exotic pets, birds, zoological collections, wildlife and fisheries all come under our care. Origin Vets is run by Dr. Lance Jepson MA VetMB CBiol MRSB MRCVS and Dr. Tom Bailey BSc, BVSc, MRCVS, CertZooMed,  MSc, PhD, Dip ECZM, RCVS Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, who together 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.

At Origin Vets we treat and advise exclusively on non-domestic species. So whatever is your passion, we take your animals seriously. We’re not your standard dog and cat vets. All of our CPD (Continuing Professional Development) is focused on your animals  – be that pythons, ferrets, tarantulas or elephants –  so we can help them better and give you the service that you want for your animal. 

Origin Vets is independant too; Origin Vets is not owned by the veterinary corporate companies like so many practices are, although we do work together with some forward thinking corporate-owned (as well as privately owned) practices to give you a local-based access to experienced exotics’ vets.

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 south west Wales and we are available routinely at our partner surgeries (see Where to find us).

Contacting Origin Vets

Appointments: If you wish your animal to be seen by Origin Vets, in the first instance please telephone our dedicated appointment and messaging service on:

 0333 800 1602

Between the hours of 9.00a.m. to 4.00p.m. Monday -Friday, plus Saturdays 9.00a.m.- 12.00p.m. our personal assistants will be able to book you into the earliest and nearest of our partner clinics with one of our vets.

Our consultation fee is £50.00. Since the Covid pandemic, in order to continue our service, we have had to engage experienced veterinary nurses and so each consultation attracts an additional Nursing Assistance Fee of £17.50. Therefore each consultation costs £67.50. For more details please see the section on Pricing on our Information page.

Advice Calls. At present we only offer an advice service to our existing clients. If you are not registered with Origin Vets we will always recommend that your animal is booked in for an appointment. We will not advise on husbandry or clinical cases for animals that we have not seen ourselves. This applies to the prescribing or supply of medicines for such cases too. Please see our notes on Consultations and Referrals and Second Opinions on our Information page.

Local Authorities, Commercial clients, Educational Establishments and similar: please call the above number in the first instance with an indication of what you are wanting and we will return your call. Also check out our page for Zoos and Commercial clients.

Emergencies: If are an existing client and you have a genuine emergency outside of the times stated please leave a message on the above number 0333 800 1602 and we will get back to you as soon as we are able. More information is available in our section Out of Hours and Bank Holidays on our Information page.

What? No Sophie?

Well, not exactly. Origin Vets has grown over the years as we have continued to provide veterinary services to a wide range of exotic pets, educational establishments and zoological collections in Wales and further afield. Now Sophie is consolidating her position as south Wales’ premier exotics’ vet by developing her own practice, Origin Vets Clinic, a sister company to Origin Vets based in and around the Cardiff area. For appointments with Sophie please telephone 02922362166 or visit her website.