We Gain Hospital Accreditation


A specialist referral and first opinion clinic catering to exotic birds and animals has achieved RCVS hospital status, representing its dedication to providing the highest standards of veterinary care to its patients. Great Western Exotics in Swindon was recently awarded the certification following a refurbishment programme which saw it make a series of upgrades to the practice.

The accreditation was given in recognition of Great Western Exotics’ ability to investigate and treat complex veterinary cases as well as providing 24/7 emergency critical care to exotic animals. Other criteria to achieve hospital status includes having a range of specialist diagnostic equipment on site and a rigorous examination of premises and facilities to make sure they meet the RCVS’ exacting standards.

With avian specialist Tom Dutton leading the exotic-only team, the hospital has become one of only a handful of 24hr exotic vets in the UK. This allows any complications or emergency cases in exotic animals to be seen by a specialist vet, receiving a higher level of species-specific emergency care and support at Great Western Exotics than would usually be expected at a general first opinion practice.

As part of the recent renovation, the hospital has brought in a new animal-grade CT scanner and upgraded its operating theatre. New kennels were also installed which allow for individually controlled heat and air flow and for the practice team to oxygenate or nebulise a patient within them.

Tom Dutton, lead vet at Great Western Exotics, said:

“Officially becoming a hospital is a rewarding recognition of the hard work our team has put in to get here, as well as the recent refurbishment of our facilities at Great Western Exotics. As one of the UK’s leading exotics-only vet hospitals, we can now provide an even higher standard of care for pet owners and our colleagues across the south west of England.”

Great Western Exotics is open 24/7 for referrals, first opinion work and emergency care, supporting colleagues from surrounding vet practices and pet owners.