Exotics: Call Killamarsh on 0114 247 0828

At Ark Vets we have a dedicated friendly team specifically trained to care for the everyday needs of exotic pets, wildlife and zoo collections. From the more common snakes, lizards, tortoises, amphibians, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, rodents, birds and fish to the more obscure of the species such as marmoset monkeys, sugar gliders, meerkats, prairie dogs, African pygmy hedgehogs, degus and indeed any non cat or dog companion pet.

International Herpetological SocietyIf your exotic animal is already under the care of another Vet you are welcome to come to us as a referral case (in which case you go back to your own vet after treatment) or come and see us for a second opinion (you can then become one of our clients).  Unfortunately our Vets are unable to give telephone advice about a patient which is under the care of another Vet without first seeing your pet. It is an ethical requirement that your Vet is informed that we are seeing your animal.

Exotic pets are usually extremely ill and often show non specific signs of illness, compared to cats and dogs, when presented to us for veterinary care. Therefore, we often need to carry out extensive diagnostic tests including; blood sampling, faecal analysis, cytology, bacteria or virus isolation, x-rays, ultrasound and endoscopy. However, on occasion this can be expensive. We take pride in being able to offer the highest level of care, so we recommend that all owners should insure their pets. This allows a rapid diagnosis and the optimal treatment can be provided, without financial constraints.


We offer and have access to full diagnostic services including:Rabbit Welfare Association

  • Digital x-ray
  • Ultrasound
  • Endoscopy
  • Laser surgery
  • Comprehensive in-house laboratory to assist in making a rapid and specific diagnosis, so as to optimise prognosis


At Ark Vets we have hospitalisation and medical treatment facilities to assist in the road to recovery of your animal. These include thermostatically controlled vivaria, full spectrum (including UV) lights, nebulisation and dietary provision appropriate to the species treated - all in a minimal stress environment.

Anaesthesia & Surgery

Exotic species have very different requirements to cats and dogs, they require specialised equipment and facilities in order to safely anaesthetise and monitor them during their surgery. We now routinely use sevoflurane (as used in human paediatric surgery) to anaesthetise all species, this enables a smoother and more rapid induction and recovery; greatly reducing the anaesthetic time and this ultimately reduces the risk to these delicate creatures. With his extensive cross species experience and expertise exotic certificate holder Ian Lowe, together with his team of qualified caring, exotic vets and nursing staff, modern equipment and facilities are committed to providing the best care possible, utilizing the latest medical and surgical advances available.

"We treat your pets as if they were our own!"