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John Chitty

BVetMed, CertZooMed, CBiol, MSB, MRCVS

Qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1990

Qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1990

Gained Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ Certificate in Zoological Medicine 2000

Started in mixed practice in Andover in 1990: has gradually evolved from mainly farm work to almost entirely working with exotic species. Was consultant to Marwell Zoological Park for nearly a decade

Currently works with six zoological collections

Secretary of State Zoo Inspector

President, Veterinary Invertebrate Society, 2000- 2012. Secretary 2012-date

President, Southern Counties Veterinary Society (SCVS), 2002-2004 (Secretary 2005-date)

Member of Board of Directors of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) 2009-2011

UK representative to the Board of the Association of Avian Veterinarians

Secretary to the European Association of Avian Veterinarians

Veterinary Advisor to the European Ratite TAG

Past Chairman of the Steering Committee of the British Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (BWRC) 2006-2009

Consultant Veterinary Surgeon (and Vice-President of) The Great Bustard Group working on the reintroduction of the Great Bustard to the UK

President of the Andover Cage Bird Society 2003-date

Visiting lecturer in Exotic Animal Behaviour, University of Southampton

Consultant on exotic species to Carmichael Torrance Diagnostic Services

Awarded Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians President’s Award 2007

Finalist T.J Lafeber Avian Practitioner Award 2008


Have participated actively in many conferences as speaker and session chairman

Member of scientific committee European Association Avian Veterinarians for last three conferences – scientific chair 2009 & 2013

Regular peer reviewer for AAV conference

Invited speaker to Unusual and Exotic Pets Conference , Sydney 2009 and AAV(Australasian Committee) Conference, Adelaide 2009

Invited speaker to the International Symposium on Ectoparasites of Pets, Hannover, Germany Spring 2005

Invited speaker to the Southern European Veterinary Conference 2011

Invited speaker to British Small Animal Veterinary Association on several occasions

Papers/ Publications:

Numerous publications in textbooks, journals and conference proceedings – from medicine/ surgery of myriapods to ostrich surgery!

Co-Editor of the 2nd Edition of the “Manual of Psittacine Birds” (BSAVA; 2005). Chapters written for this volume on “Basic Techniques” and “Feather and Skin Disease”

Senior Co-Editor of the “Manual of Raptors, Pigeons and Passerines” ( BSAVA; 2008). Chapters written for this volume on “Basic Techniques”, “Raptor Feather and Skin Disease” and “Raptor Nutrition”

Co-editor of the “Manual of Rabbit Imaging Surgery and Dentistry” (BSAVA 2013). Chapters written for this volume on ear and sinus surgery as well as dental abscesses.

Co-author of “Essentials of Tortoise Medicine and Surgery” (Wiley 2013)

Regularly give talks to:

  • Student groups
  • Veterinary Societies
  • Clubs and owner groups

Please contact me if you need a speaker for an event!


Co-Editor (and Board member) Journal of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV) – part of the Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine

Regular peer reviewer for several veterinary journals.