• Exotic Pets

Jessica Hulme, our small animal vet at Shires who has a special interest in exotic pets can examine and help treat your exotic pet. From Budgies to Bearded Dragons, Chinchillas to Cornsnakes, Jessica is happy to treat all species of exotic pets (except venomous snakes) as well as domestic poultry and waterfowl.

Jessica is currently the vet for Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre  at Eccleshall where her patients include Kinkajous, Capuchin Monkeys and Macaques. She works within our Stafford, Stone, Eccleshall and Eaton Park branches, so please telephone our reception team, asking Jessica to contact you to arrange a convenient location and appointment for you and your pet.

Some of our other companion animal vets are happy to give first line treatment to exotic pets, especially more common species (rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, domestic poultry etc), please call your local branch to enquire when may be appropriate.

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Behaviour and husbandry of exotic species

Emma Hall, Head Nurse at Eaton Park, has her C&G Certificate in Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Species. Emma is available for consultations about behaviour and husbandry of exotic species at Eaton Park. This is such a common and important area which affects your pet's health and which we can help guide you if taking on a new pet or wish professional advice on their best care. Please telephone our Eaton Park clinic for an appointment with Emma.

Tortoise Hibernation Service

Tortoise hibernation can be a stressful time for owners and Shires Vets are happy to assist you with this process. Using controlled temperature conditions we can hibernate your tortoise in the safest way possible and return him or her to you once eating and active again.

In order to take advantage of this service please speak to Emma or Jess by mid August at the latest as we need to check your tortoise over and run health checks before accepting them for hibernation.