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 VetsFriday, January 19th, 2018 at 4:49am
Bird flu has been found in wild birds in Warwickshire; as of today APHA have designated England an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone. APHA recommend all poultry keepers should:
1) minimise movement in and out of bird enclosures
2) clean footwear before and after visiting birds, using a Government approved disinfectant at entrances and exits
3) clean and disinfect vehicles and equipment that have come into contact with poultry
4) keep areas where birds live clean and tidy, and regularly disinfect hard surfaces such as paths and walkways
5)humanely control rats and mice
place birds’ food and water in fully enclosed areas protected from wild birds, and remove any spilled feed regularly
6)keep birds separate from wildlife and wild waterfowl by putting suitable fencing around outdoor areas they access
7)keep a close watch on birds for any signs of disease and report any very sick birds or unexplained deaths to your vet

More details can be found on:
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Origin VetsTuesday, January 16th, 2018 at 6:14am
Origin Vets has some good news!
As from this Friday 19th January, Kevin will be offering an exotics' clinic every Friday at Haven Vets, Llanelli.

Contact details are:
Haven Vets
1 James Street
SA15 1DU
Telephone:01554 772097

It goes without saying that we're really looking forward to working with Haven Vets..all that's missing is you!
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Origin VetsSaturday, January 13th, 2018 at 9:23am
Avian Flu confirmed in wild birds in Dorset. Origin Vets suggest you start thinking about how you are going to manage your outside birds - be they chickens, ducks or otherwise - should this develop further.
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Origin Vets added 3 new photos.Thursday, January 4th, 2018 at 8:40am
A new year begins and Sophie is starting it off with training a student vet nurse how to rock the "act as basking rock " for bearded dragon look !
Origin Vets see a variety if animals, first day back and some of the animals included a yemen chameleon , 2 bearded dragons, love birds, rabbits, rats and a tortoise. This gives student nurses a great opportunity to have hands on experience as much as they can with these species. The calmer and more confident you are with handling these species the calmer the animals will be (in most cases!) So Origin Vets love to help out for students where they can.

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Origin Vets added a new photo.Monday, January 1st, 2018 at 9:33pm
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