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Kevin Eatwell

Senior Lecturer

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Science, University of Bristol

Professional Qualifications

Diploma in Zoological Medicine (Reptilian), DZooMed (Reptilian)
European College of Zoological Medicine Diploma in Herpetological medicine and surgery, DipECZM (Herpetological)
European college of Zoological Medicine Diplomate in Small Mammal Medicine and Surgery , DipECZM (Small Mammals)

Administrative Roles

Exotic Animal and Wildlife Practice


Kevin has a wide base of experience and has been active within the field for over 25 years. He has worked for first opinion and referral exotic veterinary practices, zoological collections, wildlife hospitals and for commercial clinical pathology laboratories. He is one of the few veterinarians to have achieved diplomate & RCVS specialist status, whilst in private practice. Kevin is a recognised specialist in Zoological Medicine by the RCVS and a recognised veterinary specialist by the ECZM. Kevin holds three diplomas one in zooloical medicine, one in herpetological medicine and one in small mammal medicine. 

Kevin’s primary interests cover a wide base of exotic animal species. These include reptile medicine and surgery. He mentors residents in this field for the European College of Zooligcla Medicine and has published many papers in this area collaborating with his residents. He keeps and breeds Tunisian tortoises at home. 

Kevin also has a keen interest in avian medicine and surgery. His family have been keen aviculturists and Kevin has kept birds since he was 12 years old. He currently keeps a variety of South Asian Softbills and with his family maintain an exhibition stud of budgerigars. He advises the UK based Budgerigar Society. 

Kevin and his family have long been involved with the pet trade and this with his experiencies as a fancier has given him a unique insight into how veterinary care can be applied in a variety of situations and the limitations dealing with the commercial sector.

Kevin also reguarly speaks at local, national and internation club and society meetings both in person and online.

Kevin joined the team at the Royal Dick Veterinary School in 2008, expanding the depth and breadth of knowledge and the level of care available for all first opinion and referral exotic patients at the clinic and has incresed the teaching outputs of the team to an undergraduate and postgraduate audience and knowledge transfer worldwide. 

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