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Exotics

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.

Agata Witkowska BVM BVS MRCVS

Agata joined the Holly House team in September 2019 after spending several years working in first and second opinion exotic practices around South Yorkshire and Kent. She qualified from the Nottingham University in 2015 and has strong interests in exotic species, surgery, diagnostic imaging, emergency medicine and canine behaviour. Agata has a passion for providing a high standard of care to all patients, scaly, furry or feathered and ensuring that all animals' welfare is looked after regardless of how big or small they might be. 

Agata has always been keen on sharing research on exotic species and is a published author of research papers, numerous articles and is a frequent speaker at national conferences such as the London Vet Show. She is currently studying towards the Certificate of Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine and plans on pursuing further studies in surgery and diagnostic imaging following this. In 2020 Agata opened the Laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery department at our Street Lane hospital and is the head laparoscopic surgeon at Holly House. 

Outside of work Agata enjoys creative writing, bouldering and skydiving. She practices flow yoga, frequently hikes with her rescue dog Lazaro, who she is also consistently training. Her pet zoo of rescue animals consists of one handsome dog, four guinea pigs, two rabbits (one of which is 13 years old!) and two Russian tortoises. Agata is also a keen linguist speaking 3 languages and is currently studying Chinese Mandarin as well.

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

Do you have an exotic or zoo case that you would like to refer to one of our team? Hit the button below to fill out our referral form.

Referral Form