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Sophie Jenkins Veterinary Surgeon for Exotic Animals


A common problem in captive tortoise is egg binding

Bearded dragon Vet

Bearded dragon scan for eggs Cardiff

Yemen chameleon

Venus, one of my first yemen chameleons that I spayed Reptile vet

Bearded dragon veterinary treatment

Bearded dragon under anaesthetic for spay

Bearded dragon Surgery

Bearded dragon spay to prevent egg binding

Guinea pig vet dental exam

Guinea pig veterinary dental work Guinea pig vet cardiff

Avian Vet

Owl under general anaesthetic for xrays

Hedgehog being treated by vet

Wild hedgehog recovering from surgery to repair a fractured leg

Tortoise Vet Cardiff

Tortoise post spay (left) and bladder stone removal (right). The tortoise presented for anorexia (not eating) post hibernation


We treat fish to at Origin Vets

African grey nail trim

A well behaved African Grey having a pedicure (nail clip) by Sophie during a veterinary exam Avian vet cardiff

Snake with egg binding

Corn snake on a ventilator under anaesthetic for veterinary treatment for egg binding

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Leopard tortoise often pose fun during veterinary examination !

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Chickens are popular pets now and we treat these guys a lot at Origin Vets

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Sophie helping injured koalas during a veterinary trip to Australia

Crested gecko vet Cardiff

Crested geckos are increasing in popularity and are often treated by Origin vets

Avian Vet Cardiff

Sophie undertaking careful veterinary treatment to repair a ducks leg


Dr Sophie Jenkins BVetMed PgC EAS CertExAP MRCVS, Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine, is a Veterinary Surgeon based in South Wales. Sophie graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2008. She went on to follow her passion for exotic animals and gained a General Practitioner Certificate in Exotic Animal Practice in 2011. In 2016 , Sophie completed a PgC in Exotic Animal Studies and was subsequently granted status as Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine (one of only a handful of veterinarians in the U.K.). Sophie gives CPD talks / lectures to Vets and Nurses on exotic medicine and surgery. Sophie is a member of the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund. Sophie was recently awarded the Burgess excel Winner of Rabbit Vet of the Year 2020 and finalist in 2021. She is judging the 2022 awards. 


Sophie owns Origin Vets Clinic where, alongside her colleagues, she offers first and second Veterinary opinion as well as referrals for reptiles, rabbits, small mammals, birds, amphibians and fish. Sophie's exotic vet work covers rabbits to rhinos, sugar gliders to skunks, chameleons to camels as well as birds such African greys, owls, falconry species, and also amphibians, fish and inverts.


Sophie has over 28 years experience of keeping and breeding various reptiles including bearded dragons, multiple species of chameleons and several species of geckos. Sophie has a rescue dog and cat,  2 large fish tanks, including a Discus set up and a gourami set up, a rescue Horsfield Tortoise and a rescue Bearded dragon. Sophie also has a big soft spot for Rabbits and currently has 4 rescue Lionheads. 


Please ring 02922362166 to book an appointment. Alternatively, you can book online by clicking here

You can also visit Origin Vets Clinic website for details on how to contact/make an appointment or to enquire about fees.





PLEASE NOTE IN AN EMERGENCY ALWAYS CONTACT YOUR NEAREST VETS (This website page is here to help you keep in touch with what Sophie is doing. Unfortunately she cannot comment or give advice/diagnoses via this page, as per RCVS guidlines)

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Above Photo copyright to Rhian Jones; an amazing veterinary nurse who shares the passion for exotics, particularly guinea pigs!

Meet the loves of her live... (left to right) Earnie, Bert, Mango and Chutney

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