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My name is Bruce Maclean. I am a qualified British Veterinary Surgeon (BSc(Vet Sci), B V M & S, MRCVS if you want the lot!), having graduated in 1992 from Edinburgh University. My background in exotic animals comes from a lifelong interest, including over 40 years experience in keeping and breeding a variety of reptiles and amphibians - my current pets are mainly rescues/rehomes, and include 31 assorted newts and salamanders, 2 frogs which stowed away in somebody's luggage from Burma, a small group of terrestrial caecilians, a group of 8 herman's tortoises, a pair of box tortoises, a royal python, and a leopard gecko. We also have 30 + adult seahorses of 5 different species, assorted other marine fish, koi and goldfish in an outdoor pond shared with wildlife, and a cat!
Free time, such as it is, revolves mainly around my pets and keeping
up to date, but I also take a variety of courses for interest and I am
currently learning Japanese.
Some of my pets
Following graduation, I also spent a period at
the University of Utrecht in Holland, further studying the
veterinary care of birds and exotic animals. After a short period
in mixed veterinary practice, I have spent 20 years
working as a full-time bird/exotic animal veterinary surgeon. Working
full-time with exotic animals, I am able to devote my full attention to
keeping up with advances in husbandry and veterinary care of these
species. I had an enforced break in late 2013 - early 2015 to fight
cancer, but I am currently in remission and back working with the
animals I love.
I have contributed chapters to veterinary textbooks,
as well as
publishing several papers on veterinary care of these animals and
speaking at student societies, conferences in the U.K. as well as
I am a member of many professional societies, including British Veterinary Zoological Society, Fish Veterinary Society, Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians, European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians, World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association, International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine, as well as many more general societies devoted to the care of these animals, including the Tortoise Trust, British Chelonia Group, British Herpetological Society and British Tarantula Society.