Dr Lara Hueston

Veterinary Surgeon

Dr Lara Hueston
Dr Lara Hueston BVSc, GPCert (ExAP), PgC (EAS), MRCVS Senior Vet

Consultant in Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery

RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine


Lara graduated from the University of Melbourne (Australia) in December 2013. She’s been working in the UK since then, originally in a mixed practice down in Kent – predominantly with small animal, zoo and exotics. Lara has always had a special interest in exotics and zoo work, having been involved in various veterinary, zoo and volunteer projects around the world - including South Africa, Costa Rica, Thailand and Australia. She joined the Ark team in June 2016.

She is a member of the British Zoo and Exotics Veterinary Association. Lara has completed her European certificate in exotic animal practice and a PgC in exotic animal studies in order to keep up with modern treatment developments and current best practice. She not only deals with first opinion exotic cases but accepts referrals from other veterinary practices throughout the UK. Her main interests lie in reptile and avian medicine.

She enjoys the large diversity and variation of cases the job has to offer with the ever-growing exotics caseload. She is extremely passionate about the education and promotion of adequate care of exotic species and is always happy to answer any husbandry or diet related questions. Lara loves building rapport with clients to ensure the best care is achieved for their pets.

In her spare time, Lara enjoys hiking and taking part in sports, playing in bands and going to see live gigs.