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Pet of the Week: Treating exotic animals is all in a day’s work for new Cranham vet

PUBLISHED: 15:00 23 April 2017

Exotic animal vet William Lewis with a white parrot. Picture: Amanda Little.

Exotic animal vet William Lewis with a white parrot. Picture: Amanda Little.

Amanda Little

Treating poorly parrots, sickly snakes and ailing alligators is all in a day’s work for vet William Lewis.

A five-foot male Mississippi alligator. Picture: Andrew Forsyth/PA Archive/PA Images.A five-foot male Mississippi alligator. Picture: Andrew Forsyth/PA Archive/PA Images.

Exotic pets from around the borough, such as this umbrella cockatoo named Molly, are rustling their feathers and squawking with joy that he has joined VetSavers surgery, Willow Parade, Moor Lane, Cranham, and Best Friends Veterinary Group in Brentwood.

The zoological medicine certificate holder from South Africa, looks after everything from family pets to wildlife and zoo animals like this white parrot.

The 54-year-old clinical director said: “Part of the challenge of exotics is the anatomy, the temperament and ensuring you have the right drugs to treat them.

“There are also practical challenges like getting an alligator onto an operating table. Often we have to think about things in advance to ensure we can find practical solutions and we often have to be resourceful.

“There is a huge client base as exotics vets look after everything from family pets to wildlife and zoo animals. We can see 10 to 20 exotics in a day, so there is huge demand from clients for our services.”

Do you have an exotic animal or family pet who could be our Pet of the Week? Email ann-marie.abbasah@archant.co.uk.


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