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 VetsMonday, December 11th, 2017 at 4:30am

From Tuesday 2nd January 2018 we will begin consulting from our newest Cardiff partner, Vets4Pets Newport Road, Cardiff situated inside Pets at Home, Newport Road, Cardiff CF23 9AA Tel: 02920453535.

Our clinics will be run by Sophie every Tuesday via appointment 10am-1pm, so you can browse the store, pick up some goodies for your pet and have them checked out by one of our dedicated exotics-only vets!



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Origin VetsSaturday, December 2nd, 2017 at 2:31am

If you have an exotic pet in Cardiff, or if you are already a client of Origin Vets in Cardiff, here are some important changes to our service for 2017/2018.

Our first piece of good news is that Sophie begins her return from maternity leave this month (doubtlessly with added experience of care of smaller primates…)

Our second is that from Monday 4th of December 2017 we will begin consulting from our newest Cardiff partner, Vets4Pets Cardiff Bay, situated inside Pets at Home, Cardiff Bay Retail Park, Ferry Rd, Cardiff CF11 0JR. Tel: 02920232957. Our clinics initially will be every other week, so you can browse the store, pick up some goodies for your pet and have them checked out by one of our dedicated exotics-only vets!

Until the end of December there will be Origin Vets’ clinics at Park Vets as usual but these will be coming to an end so please contact either Vets4Pets Cardiff Bay or Doctor Doolittle’s only for future appointments. Note that from January 2018 there will be no Origin Vets’ clinics at Park Vets.

Speaking of Doctor Doolittle's, our Friday clinics will continue as normal at Doctor Doolittle’s, 111 Whitchurch Road, Cardiff, CF14 3JQ (tel : 02920 619899) and from January 2018 Sophie will be running a second clinic there on Thursdays too (our third piece of good news!)

We hope you will bear with us with these changes, and we hope to have further exciting announcements about our clinics soon.


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Origin VetsFriday, December 1st, 2017 at 11:15pm
Today Tom is talking penguins at the ABWAK Penguin keepers workshop.
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Origin VetsWednesday, November 15th, 2017 at 9:28pm
Its midweek ..... give us a smile !
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Origin VetsTuesday, October 31st, 2017 at 8:00pm
Happy halloween all creatures creepy and crawly
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