Providing expert care for exotics and zoo animals in Leeds

Sarah Brown MA Vet MB Cert Zoo Med GP Cert (ExAp) MRCVS

Sarah qualified from Cambridge University Vet School in 2000, where she was president of the University Veterinary Zoological Society. She then spent 18 months in mixed practice in Kent before moving to Leeds in 2002 to join Holly House Veterinary Hospital. She has a particular interest in treating reptiles, especially chelonia, and small pet mammals, and gained both the RCVS certificate in Zoological Medicine and the ESVPS General Practitioner certificate in Exotic Animal Practice in 2006. She also holds RCVS Advanced Veterinary Practitioner (AVP) status in Zoological Medicine. Sarah has presented at BVZS, iCARE and BSAVA Congresses, and regularly publishes articles on exotic pet medicine. She is the lead author of a chapter in the 3rd Edition of the BSAVA Manual of Reptiles and the author of the Mediterranean Tortoises chapter in the Handbook of Exotic Pet Medicine. She is passionate about providing good medical care to the more unusual pet species. At present, she has a cheeky cat, a very bouncy black Labrador and a Giant African land snail.

Eleanor Wilson MRCVS BVSc GPcertExAP

Ellie qualified from Bristol University Veterinary School in 2012. During her student years she was involved in wild animal rehabilitation and relocation in South Africa and completed her final year elective rotation at Bristol Zoo. Ellie started work at Holly House soon after graduating and in 2015 completed the ESVPS General Practitioner certificate in Exotic Animal Practice.  Ellie has been a keen herpetologist since childhood and continues to have a special interest in reptile medicine and surgery. 

Richard Battersby BVetMed GPCert(ExAP) PgC(EAS) MRCVS

Richard graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2012. As a student, he developed his interest and clinical skills in exotic animal medicine and surgery, having spent two summers working at Taiping Zoo, Malaysia. After graduating, he moved back to Yorkshire where he worked in a small animal and exotic animal practice for 5 years before moving to Holly House in 2018.

Richard gained an ESVPS General Practitioner Certificate in Exotic Animal Practice in 2018 and a year later was awarded his Post-Graduate Certificate in Exotic Animal Studies. He is currently working towards Advanced Practitioner status. His particular interests lie in treating reptiles and psittacines, and he enjoys the challenges of surgery, endoscopy and client education.

Harriet Woodhall BVM&S CertAVP(ZooMed) MRCVS Veterinary

Harriet graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2019 with several awards and spent a lot of her studies working with exotics, zoo animals and wildlife in the UK. She joined Holly House in 2020 after a year working in mixed practice in Northumberland. 

Harriet completed a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in Zoological Medicine in 2023, has published exotic cases and has presented several times at national veterinary zoological conferences. She has a particular interest in avian medicine and surgery as well as working with zoo and more unusual species.

Services Provided

  • Routine health consultations
  • Hibernation advice and prehibernation examinations
  • Imaging and diagnostic investigations
  • Surgical procedures
  • Oesophagostomy tube placement
  • Hospitalisation for medical stabilisation
  • Dental treatment
  • Emergency treatment

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