Exotic Pets

Marie Kubiak Marie Kubiak BVSc CertAVP DZooMed MRCVS
Clinical Director of Zoo and Exotic Animals

Marie Kubiak works at our Edgbaston branch and has expert knowledge of more unusual and exotic animals. Her interest in exotics started at an early age and progressed with a collection of tree frogs, various boas, corn snakes, many species of gecko, skinks, monitor lizards, chameleons, stick insects andsheltopusiks. This was followed by fostering of a variety of exotic birds and mammals as well as looking after a trio of rescued cats and a very tolerant husband.

Marie graduated from Bristol University following placements within zoos, exotic animal practice and an elective placement at Great Western Exotic Vets. She spent two years as a first opinion exotics vet in Kent, before returning to GWEV as a resident of the European College of Zoological Medicine. Here she received three years of training to a very high standard in all aspects of veterinary medicine and surgery with particular focus on exotic animal species. She also saw both first opinion and referral exotic cases throughout this period.

Marie has completed the RCVS certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Zoological medicine) with distinction in the Avian, Reptile, Zoo Collection and Wildlife examinations and a credit in small pet mammals. In 2013 she also obtained the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Diploma in Zoological Medicine – the highest available UK qualification in the field of exotic animal medicine. Marie also contributes to veterinary journals on exotic animal topics and is involved in various research projects advancing veterinary health in avian, mammal and reptile groups. She is a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians and theBritish Veterinary Zoological Society. Marie regularly attends and lectures at exotic animal veterinary conferences in the UK and abroad.

She also provides veterinary care to zoological collections in the Midlands and is regularly found out and about managing the veterinary care of a wide range of animals at the zoos.

Although Marie treats all exotic animals, she has additional qualifications and advanced training in avian medicine and a particular interest in reptile medicine and surgery.

Molly Varga

BVetMed, DZooMed (Mammalian) MRCVS
RCVS Recognised Specialist In Zoo and Wildlife Medicine

Molly comes to Manor with a vast amount of experience! Like Marie Kubiak, she has her DZooMed (Mammalian) qualification and is an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. This busy married Mother of two has also found time to contribute chapters to many BSAVA Manuals and has also edited the BSAVA Manual of Nursing Exotic Pets and Wildlife. She also finds time to lecture for places such as BSAVA Congress and provides webinars for both Vets and Nurses.

Molly has been an external examiner for many different courses and awards over the years and is still currently an RCVS Examiner for the Certificate in Zoological Medicine and an external examiner for the Modular Certificate in Zoological Medicine run at the University of Edinburgh.

Although Molly is very experienced in the Exotics World, her main passion and particular expertise lies with rabbits. She has worked in tandem with the RSPCA to initiate the education of their Inspectors and ACO’s on rabbit health and welfare and is the author of the ‘Textbook of Rabbit Medicine’ 2nd edition. 

Molly will be working for Manor Vets on Tuesdays and will be available for any referrals.

Kathryn Tovey BVSc MRCVS

Kathryn graduated from University of Liverpool in 2004. Kathryn worked at Scarsdale Veterinary Group for several years and developed her interest in exotic species there. Her interest in exotic species has been fueled by extensive travelling encompassing contact with animals and culture in the more unusual and hidden away parts of the world.

Exotic Pets

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Usually a pre-consultation history form should be filled in prior to your appointment.  Details of this will be discussed at the time of booking.

We accept referrals from other veterinary surgeons for exotic pets, this includes the following animals:


Small Psittacines (Budgies,Cockatiels), Large Psittacines (Parakeets and Parrots), Poultry, Raptors, Owls, Game birds, Passerines, Softbills, Waterfowl, Racing pigeons, Ratites, Penguins


Lizards (Monitors, Dragons, Geckos, Chameleons, Iguanas, Gila Monsters), Snakes (Boas, Pythons, Colubrids), Chelonia (Tortoises, Terrapins, Turtles), Crocodilia (Caiman, Crocodiles)


Frogs, Toads, Salamanders, Axolotls


Mice, Rats, Hamsters, Chinchillas, Guinea pigs, Degus, Chipmunks, Ground Squirrels, Gerbils


Rabbits, Ferrets, Primates (Marmosets, Capuchins, Lemurs, Baboons, Slow Loris), Otters, Raccoons, Nutria, Wallabies, African pygmy Hedgehogs, Sugar gliders, Two-toed sloths, Big cats (Lions, Cheetahs, Tigers, Leopards), Wolves, Foxes


Marine and freshwater tank fish, Carp, Seahorses


Tarantulas, Scorpions, Millipedes, African Land Snails


The Edgbaston site is situated in a very prominent and prestigious position on the main A456 coming out of Birmingham. There is a large dedicated free car park. It is currently undergoing complete refurbishment from nose to tail and will shortly include the latest exotic pet facilities with an exotics only ward along with a separate raptor ward. Of course, the new site will also encompass the usual exceptional standards of general small animal facilities. The surgery is open as usual whilst the improvements take place.

For more information, or to discuss an appointment, please call us on:

Tel: 0121 429 2829

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We can answer referral queries and provide advice directly to other veterinary surgeons in the UK

We cannot comment by email on pets under treatment at other veterinary practices. If you are asking for this we cannot reply.

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