The Gatehouse Veterinary Centre has had a long tradition of treating zoo and exotic animals

The Gatehouse Veterinary Centre has had a long tradition of treating zoo and exotic animals, providing veterinary services to Chester Zoo from 1967. While we no longer provide veterinary care to Chester Zoo (who now have their own dedicated veterinary team on site) we have continued to provide veterinary care to the local exotic animal keepers. 

We are proud to offer a dedicated exotic ward and veterinary treatment, allowing us to provide care for all species from small mammals to amphibians. Our dedicated ward also means we can give veterinary care, tailored to your pet’s individual needs, in a comfortable and stress free environment.

Our exotics team provide a friendly, bespoke, but value for money service that will benefit both the client and patient alike.

  • Aquatics
  • Avian
  • Reptiles
  • Small Mammals


Including terrapins, amphibians and fish.

Facilities: Under development – to be completed Spring 2022 – dedicated hospital tank with intensive filtration and water sterilisation to house our aquatic patients to facilitate a stress free and rapid recovery.


Including backyard chickens, waterfowl, small aviary birds, budgies, parakeets, parrots and raptors.

Facilities: Dedicated hospitalisation cages to be adapted to the bird species housed, rigid endoscopy to facilitate diagnosis and treatment of common conditions.


Including tortoises, bearded dragons, leopard geckos and snakes.

Facilities: multiple vivariums, open pen for tortoises, in-house invertebrate food, rigid endoscopy to facilitate diagnosis and treatment of common conditions. 

Small Mammals

Including rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, mice, chinchillas, and degus.

Facilities: hospitalisation cages, large pen enclosure, specialist dental equipment (including dental x-ray facilities, burrs and rigid endoscopy) to manage all too common dental problems and specialist anaesthetic equipment to minimise anaesthetic risks in all small mammals.

Meet our team

Read more about Tim Dale
Tim Dale - Veterinary Surgeon

Tim Dale

BVM&S, MSc, PhD, MRCVS Veterinary Surgeon
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Read more about Michele Jenkins
Michele Jenkins - Head Nurse

Michele Jenkins

RVN Head Nurse
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Read more about Natalie Peers
Natalie Peers - Registered Veterinary Nurse

Natalie Peers

BSc Registered Veterinary Nurse
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