Exotic vet practice given £125,000 investment

An Essex veterinary practice has been boosted by a £125,000 investment in new ‘state of the art’ equipment to support its specialist service for the care of exotic pets.

Orchid Veterinary Surgery in Brentwood has seen its first floor renovated into a dedicated exotics suite, with new equipment including an ECG to monitor an animal’s heart rate, ultrasound and ultrasonic doppler to give accurate information about organs, and a laser machine to treat muscle and joint conditions.

A new waiting room has been built for the exotics suite which also benefits from a new operating table, advanced lighting systems and anti-fatigue mats to provide additional comfort for the operating team when working.

The surgery specialises in the treatment of exotic pets which include everything from common rabbits and hamsters to rare and unusual monkeys, fish and reptiles.

The practice’s clinical director, William Lewis, told Pet Gazette: “The practice’s client base has grown substantially over recent years and this investment will allow us to provide the very best care for owners of exotics, as well as owners of more common family pets.

“We felt that is was important to create a separate environment for exotics at the practice as the wide variety of species we treat provides challenges in terms of space and catering for each animal’s differing needs and temperaments.”

He added: “Our team is able to care for exotic pets from all over the region and each day is different with everything from owls, parrots, foxes, snakes, fish and tortoises arriving through our practice doors. The safety of our team of staff always comes first so the state-of-the-art equipment will allow them to carry out their work even more efficiently and comfortably.”

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