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Exotic species and the law
  1. Penny Cusdin

    Penny Cusdin is Head of Research for the International Zoo Veterinary Group. She qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1998 having previously obtained a degree in zoology from the University of Liverpool. She was coauthor of two consultation reports for DEFRA relating to the Dangerous Wild Animals Act.


EXOTIC pets are now regularly presented as patients in veterinary practice. In addition to the extra clinical knowledge required, veterinary surgeons should be aware of the legislation relating to such animals. In this article, Penny Cusdin considers the legalities of keeping an exotic pet, including the licensing and certification requirements, and offers advice to veterinary surgeons regarding their professional obligations as well as the dispensations that apply to them under the various pieces of legislation.

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