Dr John Chitty



John Chitty qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1990 and gained RCVS Certificate in Zoological Medicine in 2000.

The former President of the European Association of Avian Veterinarians (2015-17) and former President of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (2017-18), John is now the director of a small animal/exotics practice in Hampshire.

John is a Co-editor of three texts on avian medicine, one on rabbit surgery and co-author of a textbook of tortoise medicine. He is also the Trustee and Honorary Secretary of called Vetlife. Outside of work, John enjoys collecting old books, cricket and collecting old books about cricket!

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Exotics or NTCAs: What should you call the ‘weird’ pets?

You may have heard us mention these types of animals on Veterinary Ramblings before: they include hedgehogs, sugar gliders, and many other small furry friends – often called ‘exotic’.

But why do we call them exotic? Is this term really accurate? And what does it mean for owners of these animals?

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