Sarah Pellett

Sarah Pellet
VetMB CertAVP(ZooMed) BA BSc(Hons) DZooMed
RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine

Sarah graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2006. She has worked in first opinion and referral exotics practices and has completed the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Zoological Medicine). In 2016 she gained the RCVS Diploma in Zoological Medicine and in 2017 became an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. Sarah is a vet advisor for the BIAZA Terrestrial Invertebrate Working Group. She works at Animates Veterinary Clinic Ltd, in Thurlby, Lincolnshire, seeing a wide range of first opinion and referral exotic animal cases.


Louise graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011 with a combined degree in Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine. Louise has undertaken an externship at the John G Shedd aquarium and during her career, she has been the Vet for Tropiquaria Zoo as well as working with various bird of prey centres, small exotic mammal rescues and wildlife rehabilitation charities (Secret World Wildlife Rescue) and private exotic species in general practice. Louise is now clinical director of Quantock Veterinary Hospital in Somerset where she runs an exotic pet service. She is currently completing an advanced certificate in Zoological medicine. When not at work Louise looks after her own menagerie of reptiles, parrots, chinchillas and some token domesticated animals. The pride and joy of her collection is her Argentine Black and White Tegu ‘Mr. Sprinkles’.

Louise Ash
 Elisabetta Mancinelli

Elisabetta Mancinelli

DVM CertZooMed Dipl. ECZM (Small Mammal) MRCVS

European Veterinary Specialist in Zoological Medicine (Small Mammal)

RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine (Small Mammal)

Elisabetta graduated from the University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy, in 2002. Her interest in exotics became clear shortly after her graduation, anticipating a career mainly based on non-conventional animal medicine and surgery. After a small animal focused internship, she’s been working solely with exotics since 2003. She undertook an externship in France, mainly based on reptile medicine and then completed an externship program at the “Angell Animal Memorial Hospital” in Boston (USA), focusing on exotic animal medicine and surgery. In 2007, she moved to UK where she initially worked in private practice and wildlife charities. In 2009, Elisabetta started the first European College of Zoological Medicine (ECZM) Residency in Small Mammal Medicine, which she completed at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh. From September 2010, she holds the RCVS Certificate in Zoological Medicine. In 2014, she obtained the ECZM Diploma, Specialty “Small Mammal Medicine and Surgery”. She currently works at Valley Exotics in Cardiff.

 Sonya Miles


Sonya qualified from Bristol University in 2013. In 2015 she started working for Highcroft Exotic Vets and now leads the busy first opinion and referral level department. Sonya became an RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine in 2018 and in 2020 she became a WAVMA certified aquatic species veterinary surgeon. In 2020 she created Just Exotics, an on demand webinar platform where her passion for teaching aims to support veterinary practitioners learn about exotic species and how to provide the best possible care for a variety of species. Sonya enjoys all aspects of working with exotic species, specifically reptiles, amphibians and fish. She particularly enjoys performing soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery, as well as teaching her interns and veterinary students seeing practice within the department.

 Claire Speight



Claire Speight qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2007 and completed her City and Guilds Nursing of Exotics species certificate in 2009. She is also an A1 Assessor and Clinical Coach.

Over the years Claire has worked at various veterinary practices, including locuming and in referral, and currently works as a Head Nurse in a first opinion practice with a high rabbit caseload.

Claire is well known on the lecturing field and lectures on rabbits for a variety of CPD providers and organisations, including the College of Animal Welfare, The Webinar Vet, Excel CPD, Evolve CPD and the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund. She has also spoken at both BVNA and BSAVA Congress. Claire is also a regular contributor to several veterinary and client publications, both in print and online, including VNJ, Pet Focus, Vetstreams LAPIS, Pets Radar and Rabbiting On, the RWAF’s quarterly magazine, of which she is also the current Editor. She is also a reviewer for the BVNA’s magazine, VNJ, reviewing their exotic features, undertakes work for Vetskill and has written a topic on rabbits and rodents of the Australian College of Veterinary Nursing.