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.

Origin Vets

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.
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Origin Vets added 3 new photos.Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 at 8:23am
Today Sophie gave several seminars to other vets about Rabbit health, diet husbandry and diseases. Lots of vets and many questions answered. Yey to the rabbit vets in the area !
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Origin Vets added 3 new photos.Saturday, April 7th, 2018 at 6:32am
Meet some little cuties in for their 6monthly health checks....
Health checks are so important to discuss diet husbandry and give a full physical exam. Any issuess can be quickly sorted before they become problematic.

Sophie was in for a special treat as one of her own homebred beardies came in for a health check. Sophie bred him 4 years ago and he went to his new family at 3 months old He looks very much like his dad with the colours of his mum. He is in full health and this is mainly down to the excellent care by his family.

The lovely lionhead and her partner were a joy to see. Last time Sophie saw this girl was just before Sophie went on maternity leave when this lovely lionhead had to have intensive care therapy for gut stasis. Just look at her now!

And finally two newbies. Just a few months old hese two had an indepth husbandry and dietary review to ensure they start off on the right foot. Adjustments of temeperatures and some additional supplements should keep these tortoises in tip top shellshape.
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Origin VetsFriday, March 30th, 2018 at 7:56pm
Origin Vets would just like to thank everybody who came to Doc Doolittles yesterday. It was a very busy day with many emergencies and most clients waiting well over an hour and some 2 hours to be seen. The lovely staff at Doc Doolittles were fantastic in making sure all clients were seen and treated before the bank holiday weekend.

Thank you all for your patience .

Hoping you all have a lovely peaceful Easter weekend and normal Origjn Vets services will resume next week.
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Origin Vets shared Vets4Pets Cardiff Newport Road's post.Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 at 11:00pm
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Origin VetsSaturday, March 24th, 2018 at 8:28am
It is never easy to say goodbye to those we love.
This little man made it through several surgeries recently but this week it was time to say goodbye. His owner gave everything she could for him. He was a little fighter and will be sadly missed by all who met him.
Heres to all the pets we have loved and said goodnight to for the last time.
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