The TPG has a useful list of UK Reptile Vets which are either used by the TPG and its members, or have been highly recommended by experienced tortoise owners.
A reliable vet is essential to all tortoise owners, not all vets specialise in chelonia so it is important and comforting to have a vet you know you can trust. If you canít find a veterinary in your area on the list please contact us and we will endeavour to help.
If you have concerns over your tortoises health the Tortoise Protection Group have an up to date list of recognised exotics specialist vets.
Although this list has been researched and vets chosen carefully, the Tortoise Protection Group cannot be held responsible should you be dissatisfied with any advice or treatment. It is always wise to discuss and verify the health problems your tortoise may have with the vet, before commencing treatment.
If you have a health question you wish to ask online then our Veterinary Adviser, Kevin, will be willing to advise. He Is a recognised exotics vet with many years of experience. His bibliography is impressive:
Kevin graduated from Bristol University Veterinary School in 1995 and started off in mixed practice whilst developing clientele with exotic pets. He obtained his certificate in zoological medicine in 2001. Subsequently time was spent working as a locum for wildlife hospitals, a zoological garden and exotic pet practices seeing patients both as a first opinion and on a referral basis.
The next five years was spent in a five vet practice with an 80% exotic animal caseload, including first opinion and referral work with seven premises with zoo licenses. The practice also provides a clinical pathology service for two independent laboratories and for a wildlife hospital receiving 5000 admissions per annum.
Kevin became the veterinary liaison officer for the BCG in 2005. He obtained his diploma in zoological medicine in 2006 taking reptilian species as his specialist paper. His dissertation was on calcium metabolism in chelonians. He became an RCVS recognised specialist in zoo and wildlife medicine in 2007. He has lectured internationally about reptiles and exotic animals, has published widely in peer reviewed journals, textbooks and magazines.
Kevin joined the exotic animal and wildlife service at the University of Edinburgh in 2008 as the clinical manager and lecturer in exotic animal and wildlife medicine. The service runs a first opinion and referral exotic animal service including providing services for a number of zoological collections. Chelonians are still at his heart with a number of ongoing research interests and a slowly growing collection at home.
Kevin has also been appointed as the veterinary adviser for the Tortoise Protection Group.