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 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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Origin Vets added 2 new photos.Saturday, August 5th, 2017 at 9:57am
Always a varied day for Origin Vets, today saw these fascinating eight-legged beasties for Lance to examine. Goliath bird-eating spiders Theraphosa lebondi. Lance's hand is there for size comparison.
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Origin Vets shared Respect the Breast-Breastfeeding Support's photo.Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 at 4:07am
With Sophie on maternity this story just seems so apt! All mammals produce milk and most know how to feed their babies by watching their social families .... so when the gorilla needed help what an amazing way to show her with human support
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Origin VetsSunday, July 2nd, 2017 at 8:13pm
Even on maternity leave Sophie is always looking out for animals in need. This is a carpenter bee she found dying on her stairs due to dehydration. She carefully placed the female bee in a tepid water and sugar solution (literally cooled boiled water and some sugar) and the bee drank and drank for over 20 minutes.... now she flies up high again and hopefully continue her species

Did you know carpenter bees were named as such because they love to nest in old wood. Unlike the bumblebee these have shiny under abdomens and hairy hindlegs. The males have a slight greenish tint to their hairs compared to this female which is mainly black.

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