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 and Dr Tom Bailey MRCVS, three 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 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 or Lance for an appointment you’ll need to contact one of our host practices. Thanks, Sophie, Tom and Lance.
OriginvetsFriday, February 17th, 2017 at 3:19am
APHA Wales have updated their advice. The duration of the prevention zone has been extended in line with England from February 28th to April 30th.
There is a provision now for poultry to be allowed access outside - see 2(iii) - if mitigating measures are put in place. These are listed here:

These seem potentially difficult to achieve easily but at least something may be able to be done to ease your birds.
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Originvets added 3 new photos.Monday, February 13th, 2017 at 3:48am
Did you know that African Grey Parrots are now on the Cites Appendix 1 list?
This means that all AGP without any identification ring should be microchipped and have the appropriate paperwork form Defra that must stay with the bird if ever re-homed or on display. Those with CLOSED ID rings do not need to be chipped but would need a license if going into trade. The license paper work is only required if the animal is entering the trade for sale.

Those without closed rings would need to be micro-chipped and the application should be accompanied by a hatch certificate or some other document from the breeder to confirm that the parrot was captive bred and not taken from the wild.

Current owners of AGP are not required to apply for any licence just to possess their bird. Licences are required if that bird is entered into trade.

Trade includes the commercial buying and selling and the breeding and sale of the chicks. Therefore Article 10's are needed for the sale of both the offspring and for the parent birds producing those chicks even though those parents are not for sale. It is deemed that the parents are entered into trade purely by the production of chicks destined for sale. Such parrots when gifted, given away without charge do not need licences.

At Originvets we use the smallest microchips (just 8.5mm long compared to 12mm of standard chips) for our exotic patients.

Microchipping is normally £24, but until March 31st, Originvets will microchip all AGP for just £18 - that is a big £6 saving per bird!

Please quote Originvets offer when booking over the phone at your nearest Originvets Practice
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OriginvetsFriday, February 10th, 2017 at 8:02am
This little quail wasnt looking too good today. The owner had noticed a lump appearing in his left eye. She brought him into Originvets to see Sophie who diagnosed an abscess in the gland of the eye. The question was why had this occured in an otherwise well bird ?

So the quail was placed under anaesthetic and an investigation found a small piece of hay in the gland. This was promtly removed and the pus flushed out. The little quail went home bright as a button just a few hours later with antibitoics and eye drops.

Great work team!
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OriginvetsSaturday, February 4th, 2017 at 5:51am
Meet this beautiful big girl. She caught the side of her mluth recently and the owners noted an infection starting. They brought her in to see Sophie at Originvets today . She had a mouth swab taken to check for the type of infection and was started on antibiotics. She was otherwise found to be in excellent health. She is 8 years old and was spayed when she was much younger. She is thriving and a pleasure to examine. What a cracker !!!
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OriginvetsTuesday, January 31st, 2017 at 9:17pm
At Originvets we see many animals for health checks on a regular basis. This beautiful bird has been under Sophies veterinary care for 5 years now. When he first came in with new owners 5 years ago, he lacked many feathers and those he did have were in poor condition. Initial work ups indicated zinc toxicity so the owners, for many weeks, had to inject medication to treat this. Alongside this treatment,various changes in diet and husbandry were implemented and slowly his feathers started to return. Five years later he is like a different bird. He is also incredibly friendly and a delight to exam.
Zinc and other heavy metals can be very toxic to birds. They are often found in jewellery, zips , jean studs and keys alongiade other objects. Please only give birds "bird safe toys" to play with. Equally cheap bird cages can contain zinc elements. have a very good range
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