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Kitting out an exotics ward
  1. Donna Brown

    Donna Brown qualified as a veterinary nurse from Bicton College of Agriculture in 1997, while working in mixed practice. She then joined the nursing team at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies small animal hospital where she acquired nursing experience in wildlife and exotics. She gained her City and Guilds certificate in veterinary nursing of exotic species in 2002, and currently works for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland in Edinburgh.


The term ‘exotics’ covers a large range of animals and, as pets such as reptiles become increasingly popular, it is worth considering how the demands of these animals might be met should they ever need hospitalisation. This article describes the key areas that should be considered when setting up an exotics ward, and highlights some specific factors that should be taken into account for the care of particular species.

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