Ross Ashley Machin MRCVS GPCertExAP
Owner and Veterinary Surgeon
I lived in Spain for over 20 years and qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon at Murcia University where I met my wife Maria who is also a vet. I worked in small animal and exotic practice, including a year at a referral neurology centre and in 2011 I moved back to the UK specifically to work in an exotic animal referral hospital in Leeds where I spent over 2 years working with first opinion and referral exotics. I worked in different practices around Leicestershire to get a feel of how and what we wanted to achieve in our own practice.
Ignacio (Nacho) and I met years ago whilst playing football together at university and I met Nicola whilst locuming. We decided to venture in to our own practice together and our objective is to run this practice with very high standards of care for cats, dogs and exotics. Our practice has been setup to accomodate exotics including reptiles, birds and small mammals.
I acquired the European Certificate in Exotic Animal Practice and I'm currently studying towards the HAU Postgraduate certificate in Exotic Animal Studies. I am also studying towards the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Certificate in Zoological Medicine and hope to achieve Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine status.
I enjoy contributing to the veterinary exotics field and have published a chapter for the new edition of BSAVA Manual of Reptiles and an article on reptile parasites for the British Veterinary Association (BVA) publication "In Practice".
I have been keeping and breeding reptiles for over 20 years. My current pets include my, now reduced, reptile collection including multiple species of Day geckos and my dog “Xuxi” who was a rescue from Spain. In my free time I enjoy snow boarding, cycling, just chilling out with friends and looking after my reptiles.