Laura is a Companion Animal Veterinary Surgeon who qualified from The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2009 and has worked in Reading, Dover, Nottingham, and Derby. She is interested in Exotics animals, has a general CertAVP, and also does a bit of pet acupuncture!

Laura, and her husband Stevie, are Guinness World Record Holders, after they rode around the world on a tandem bicycle, covering 18,000 miles in 180 days, which began from the Brandenberg Gate in Berlin on 5th June.

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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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