HerpVet Services
      A dedicated veterinary service for exotic pets
      Iffley Vets, 35 Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1EA
                           Tel: 07754 125302
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Pregnant dad seahorses, poorly pythons and ailing axolotls - I deal with them all here at HerpVet Services.

I'm Bruce Maclean, and I have over 20 years experience working as a dedicated exotic pet veterinary surgeon, and over 40 years experience keeping reptiles and amphibians. I personally provide a complete veterinary service, including 24-hour emergency cover, to give the best care and welfare for your pet. We will be able to fully discuss the husbandry of your pet - initial consultations 40 minutes - as well as any health issue, and your pet will - with a few occasional exceptions - always be seeing me.

Please call or email for an appointment, and/or follow the above links for more detailed information about me, the service and hours, as well as information sheets on specific topics and links to sites of interest.

Species treated

My practice is dedicated to exotic pets - I do not routinely treat cats and dogs. Normally I deal with:

I have a special interest in amphibian and invertebrate medicine, and offer reduced rate consultations for them as well as for seahorses and other small tropical fish! I also run a reduced rate scheme for regular clients, with money off consultations and my out of hours fees.

I will see injured wild animals if necessary, especially reptiles and amphibians (or even invertebrates or fish!), but note that uninjured wildlife should almost always be left alone (and in the case of some species, legally must be left undisturbed).

 Your pet and the vet - Reducing stress

Although I will always make every effort to minimise it, unfortnately a visit to the vets is likely to be stressful for your pet, both from the unfamiliar environment and the fact that a proper clinical examination of the animal, necessary for full assessment, will involve some degree of rude poking and prodding of him/her!

With all my patients, I believe in trying to minimise their stress, particularly associated with seeing the vet. For this reason I recommend bringing them in before they get ill, so they have at least one time when they come to the surgery not associated with bad experiences! Such a consult can include simply registering your pet and discussing the husbandry, letting him/her get used to the surgery surroundings a bit but not doing anything to stress him/her (such as a clinical exam is likely to). This can be done on its own, at reduced cost which will be taken off the cost of a future initial consultation, or combined with a physical examination consulation a few days later. I would also encourage you to keep a food item (one readily available all year round) which is used only as a special treat for stressful situations such as a visit to the vet, and bring some along to the consultation, where appropriate.

Many exotic pets will not benefit from handling as such, but getting them used to it will hopefully reduce stress for those occasions when it is necessary, so I would recommend letting them get used to be handled in small amounts.

Recent news/updates

Please note you can email me to receive email updates on the service (email updates will only include HerpVet Services updates, which will include notifications if I am away or running any special hours, updates to the website or information pages, any special offers etc). Email addresses submitted will be kept with practice records but never voluntarily released to any other organisation, and will be removed from the list at any time by request.

I also now have a Twitter account (@Herpvet), facebook page and LinkedIn Page where I will post news and service updates as well as exotic animal info and links to interesting articles - please feel free to visit them, like/follow and/or leave any comments (on any of the sites). Please note that liking my page on facebook does not guarantee that you will get everything I post there - I believe you have to keep checking/interacting with the page ongoing to receive posts.

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Thanks are due to Krista Salter for help with the construction of this site.