I am a Veterinary Surgeon working in a domestic and exotic pets practice in London, UK. I’m originally from Ireland and qualified from University College Dublin on the graduate entry Veterinary Medicine programme, having previously completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science at the University of Essex, UK and working for a year in the Biotechnology field. A bit of a long and convoluted education, but here I am!
From a young age I have been fascinated by nature and animals, especially those that slither and crawl much to my family’s bewilderment, and at times horror! Over the years I have kept and bred many exotic pets, primarily reptiles and amphibians which are my true passion, but also many mammals, birds and invertebrates. My background in Animal Science means I gained a broad knowledge base in conservation, zoology and comparative anatomy/physiology of a wide range of species. I tailored my veterinary education in the later years to include placements at Avian and Exotics specialist vets as well as elective modules in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine at Dublin Zoo.
My first job was in a domestic, exotics and zoo practice in the South of England where I gained experience with an astounding array of creatures including big cats, birds of prey, reptiles, parrots, vultures, otters, aardwolves, slow loris, primates and many more. Since then I have been working in private practice in London primarily treating dogs and cats, but also avian and exotic pets which account for about 30-40% of my caseload at present, and growing!
You can follow me on Twitter: @ExoticPetVet, and on Facebook: Sean McCormack MVB.