Professor Ian Ramsey graduated from the University of Liverpool and obtained his PhD from the University of Glasgow. He was awarded both the UK and European Diplomas in Small Animal Medicine during his residency at the University of Cambridge and is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and European Recognized Specialist in Small Animal Medicine.

He returned to Glasgow University in 1998 where he has been the Professor of Small Animal Medicine since 2009. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2016. He has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally and has published nearly 100 scientific papers, review articles and book chapters in many aspects of small animal medicine but his main interest is in endocrinology.

He was awarded the BSAVA Woodrow Award for contributions to small animal medicine in 2015 and served as BSAVA President from 2020 to 2021. Away from work, he spends his time walking his dogs and trying to play tennis.

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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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