The exotics referral service at the RVC is primarily based at Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital.

For complex cases, we collaborate with specialists in other disciplines at the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, where MRI, CT and other advanced diagnostic facilities are available for our patients.

Service information

We provide services for a large variety of animals including small mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and ornamental fish. Many exotic pets are prey species so we offer dedicated hospitalisation facilities away from cats and dogs where our patients can recover undisturbed. All our team of nurses and vets have specific expertise with anaesthesia and care of the critical exotic patient.

In addition to a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation tailored to each individual patient, services we offer include:

  • Small mammal dentistry including surgical treatment of dental abscesses
  • Diagnostic endoscopy and laparoscopic procedures for mammals, birds and reptiles
  • Collection health advice

Making a Referral

Referrals can be arranged by phone or email.

Veterinary surgeons seeking to refer or discuss a case can contact the Exotics Service via our dedicated referrals line on 020 75543528 or email

Keeping clients and referring vets updated

Referring vets are kept up-to-date with case progress by phone as required and following discharge a detailed case report will be provided. Hospitalised patients are continuously monitored and any changes can be discussed with clients daily.

Client Testimonial

I have used the BSAH Exotics team for both referrals and advice. They have always been so prompt and helpful in their response and send very useful detailed referral reports back.
I have had the pleasure of working with their clinicians in partnership to manage cases and hope to do so again in the future. I would recommend BSAH Exotics team to both clients and colleagues.

Harriet Nicholson - Veterinary Surgeon - Village Vet (St Albans)

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