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Alder Vets are very pleased to offer a comprehensive service to all owners of reptiles

We see tortoises, lizards and snakes on a daily basis. Most of these are pets but we can work with clients involved in captive breeding.

Our vet, Scarlet has experience of treating reptiles. She is very willing to discuss the diet and complex husbandry requirements of reptiles with owners and to advise on hibernation requirements for those species that hibernate.

Scarlet conducts reptile anaesthetics on a regular basis. When required, most reptiles are good candidates for anaesthesia and surgery, unless they are very unwell. Please discuss any worries with the vets directly.

We always try to keep reptiles away from predators (dogs, cats, birds and even other reptiles!) when they are admitted into the clinic and firmly believe in effective pain relief for any invasive procedure.

We have no RCVS recognised specialists in reptile medicine/surgery. We are general practitioners with experience and a particular interest in reptile veterinary care. Some reptile cases are beyond our level of expertise and we will advise referral of these cases to a RCVS Specialist if appropriate.

We advise an annual health check for all pet reptiles.

Scarlet is the only vets here at Alders with the experience to treat reptiles, so please make sure you ask for an appointment with Scarlet when you call.

Please complete the compulsory questionnaire below ahead of your appointment with us

Reptile Patient Questionnaire


Alder Veterinary Practice

Unit B

Queen Elizabeth Park

Railton Road




Telephone: 01483 536036

Email: [email protected]

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