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.
OriginvetsThursday, January 5th, 2017 at 9:30am
Today APHA announced an extension to the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone to the 28th February 2017.
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OriginvetsWednesday, January 4th, 2017 at 8:50am
As a further update, unfortunately there has been a confirmed case of Avian Influenza in Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire. This was in a small poultry flock and so there is now a 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone in force. For further details see:
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OriginvetsThursday, December 29th, 2016 at 11:24am
An update for poultry keepers particularly in Carmarthenshire.
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Originvets added 2 new photos.Friday, December 9th, 2016 at 6:51am
Today this Bearded dragon underwent an early spring clean. You can see the black plaque on his teeth. A brief anaesthetic and a descale later and he was showing off his pearly whites.

Dental disease is quite common in certain species of lizards particularly bearded dragons and chameleons.
Did you know you can brush their teeth to help prevent build up ? A baby toothbrush is perfect alongside a dilution of f10 .

Also feeding crunchy bugs such as cockroaches and hoppers alongside spring greens rather than daily worm based insects also helps.

(Both photographs taken whilst under anaesthetic )
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OriginvetsThursday, December 8th, 2016 at 6:22am
For all our chicken and other bird owners. Please be aware of this compulsory 30 day lock in (either indoors or secure outdoor run) for birds to prevent contact with wild birds. This includes both domestic pet poultry (including chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese) and farm birds.
Quote from Defra " Keepers of poultry and other captive birds are now required to keep their birds indoors, or take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds."
If indoors please ensure that every bird house as ample space for roosting and provide extra stimulation such as cardboard boxes to entertain if outside then ensure they are in a secure run that wild birds cannot access.
Please note no cases have been confirmed in the UK but they have been confirmed in Europe. The risk of spread to humans is minimal.

(Edited to cover outdoor runs, appologies if lock in caused confusion)
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