FIVP member Pennard Vets hires a new exotic lead

We’re excited to hear that experienced vet Mark Rowland has joined the team at Pennard Vets to lead the practice’s exotic department.

Mark, an Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine, has 25 years’ experience as a vet since he qualified from Liverpool University. He achieved the Royal College Certificate in Zoological Medicine in 2007 and has lectured in the UK and around the world.

As news of his appointment was made public, Mark said: “I’m really pleased to be joining Pennard Vets, which has seven sites across Kent, and is owned by its employees, which made it a particularly attractive place to join, as I now also own a stake in the business and can help shape the future of it. I can’t wait to meet our clients and their pets and hope to make a real difference to their lives.”

An FIVP member practice, Pennard Vets has been providing high-quality care since 1895. Founded in Sevenoakes, Kent, the company now also has practices in Allington, Borough Green, Langley Park, Maidstone, Tonbridge and West Malling.

Describing his work, Mark said: “As well as treating dogs, cats and small pets like hamsters and guinea pigs, I’ve always been interested in caring for insects, fish, tortoises, birds, parrots, reptiles, and all other exotic pets.

“Exotic pets can suffer with all sorts of problems, including respiratory issues and hibernation complications, as well as accidents and injuries. Birds of prey for example can often hurt themselves needing urgent treatment, and each day brings new challenges. I have treated tortoises that had been attacked by dogs and a fish that had swallowed a huge pebble – no case is ever the same!”

Andy Green, people director at Pennard Vets, said: “Mark is the most qualified vet in the South East of England working in exotics, and we are delighted he is bringing so much experience to Pennard Vets. We hope to become the go-to practice for all exotic pets in the South-East and believe that our new and existing clients will all benefit from Mark’s unique and thoughtful approach to veterinary care.”