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Keeping exotic pets
  1. Michael Stanford, President
  1. BVZS, Pool House, Pool Lane, Tarvin, Cheshire CH3 8JY

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THE British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS) accepts that many of the problems seen by the UK veterinary profession in exotic species develop through a lack of keeper knowledge regarding basic husbandry requirements. Moreover, the increase in availability, as well as their perceived relatively cheap cost, has led to a surge of interest in the keeping of exotic pets, thereby leading to a proportionate increase in the numbers of cases of poor welfare, neglect and mortality. However, this is a problem regarding all species of pets, not exclusively exotics, and the BVZS considers that rapid advances in husbandry, knowledge and technology will enable many captive-bred exotic species to be kept successfully in the UK.

The BVZS is …

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