Sarah qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Bristol University in 1988 and set up Behavioural
Referrals Veterinary Practice in 1992. She sees clinical cases across North West England and wider
afield through video platform consultations. In 2018 she was made an FRCVS for meritorious
contributions to the profession in recognition of her work in establishing Behavioural Medicine as a
veterinary discipline. She is an RCVS and EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Behavioural
Medicine and a Visiting Lecturer in small animal behavioural medicine on the veterinary
undergraduate course at Liverpool University. In 2019 she gained her Postgraduate Certificate in
Veterinary Education. Sarah has a special interest in the interplay between emotional and physical
illness in dogs and cats.

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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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