Sharon Redrobe
Sharon Redrobe

BSc(Hons) BVetMed DZooMed MRCVS
RCVS Diplomate in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine (Mammalian)
RCVS Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine

Sharon is currently CEO of Twycross Zoo

Sharon lectures internationally and has authored many papers and book chapters on aspects of conservation and veterinary medicine.

She is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the scientific journal ‘Journal of Zoo & Wildlife Medicine’.

She is the Veterinary Advisor for a number of European endangered species breeding programmes (EEPs) and the Cameroon Wildlife Aid Fund.

She is a council member of the British Veterinary Zoological Society, and is a Zoo Inspector in England and Wales.

She is also a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine.

Veterinary advisor to the EAZA Great Ape TAG

Sharon Redrobe has worked exclusively with exotic species for over 20 years.
She is an RCVS Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine.

She is one of only 5 holders of the RCVS Diploma in Zoological Medicine and also holds the RCVS Certificate in Laboratory Animal Science.

Sharon has an honorary lectureship at the University of Bristol. Sharon has published over 50 journal and book articles and spoken at numerous conferences including BSAVA, British Veterinary Zoological Society, WSAVA, ARAV, AAZV and is the co-editor of the new BSAVA Manual of Exotic Pets.

Honorary Associate Professor of University of Nottingham, UK

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine

Zoo Inspector for England and Wales on behalf of UK Government

Personal appointment to UK Governemnt Advisory Panel on Zoos (Zoos Expert Commitee)

Trustee of Ape Action Africa, UK Charity operating in Cameroon, Africa to rescue and protect apes


April 2013:
Twycross vet performs life-saving op on gorilla
A Zoo boss is back in the UK after performing life-saving surgery on a gorilla at an African primate sanctuary.

One-armed gorilla can walk again
One-armed gorilla whose mother was killed by poachers can walk again after British vets performed operation in middle of jungle

The National Ape Service
After surgery to remove the cataract obscuring vision in her right eye, Romina, a 21-year-old Western lowland gorilla, is finally noticing the opposite sex

Here’s the press from the Cameroon trip I've just returned from – gorilla work with Ape Action Africa then an elephant poaching investigation with IFAW — harrowing :

British vets aid wounded gorilla
A team of vets from the East Midlands operates on a gorilla in Cameroon which was shot by poachers eight years ago.
Daily Mail BBC News

Military intervention fails to halt elephant slaughter
With up to 400 elephants already butchered for their ivory, soldiers were in a deadly battle with poachers last week to prevent further killing in Cameroon’s Bouba Ndjida National Park.
IFAW - military-intervention-fails-halt-elephant-slaughter

April 2010:

Clinical Associate Professor of Zoo Medicine at the University of Nottingham
The first Associate Professor in Zoo & Wildlife Medicine in UK. Setting up a new area at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at Nottingham University. Responsible for research and teaching in this area. Developing links with Twycross Zoo.

Head of Biodiversity and Health Programmes at Twycross Zoo

International award
Sharon has won an award for her ground breaking research work on tortoises. Read More

Zoo and Exotic Species Specialist referral service
Sharon heads a specialist referral service at HighCroft Veterinary Hospital taking referrals from all over the country for unusual pets. Read More

Gorilla ER – a vet's perspective in and out of Africa
(November 26) Sharon will give a lecture about her experiences working with critically endangered western lowland gorillas. The lecture will focus on Sharon’s work with gorillas – both at Bristol Zoo Gardens and at a primate orphanage in the more

Bristol Zoo offers exotic pet support to local vet surgery
Bristol Zoo Gardens’ vet department has launched a weekly exotic pet consultancy at a local vet more

New Consultancy at Greendales
Sharon is a now a consultant for Greendale Veterinary Diagnostics for exotics work. She will be giving interpretation on laboratory results and advice where appropriate. read more...

Cameroon CWAF Visit 2009
Sharon has just returned from a 10 day trip to the Cameroon to help at a gorilla and chimp orphanage. read more

New section on bird flu

Guidance on handling and disposing of dead garden and wild birds

BIAZA issues statement to members on Avian Influenza

An Update on bird flu and what it means for zoos

UK's first rabbit only clinic rabbit only clinic opens in Bristol

Sharon has published widely on exotic animal matters and spoken at numerous national and international conferences. (see current speaking engagements and Publications )


Current Courses

For those wishing to pursue a career in zoo or wildlife veterinary medicine,
visit this site for info on the MSc in Wild Animal Health:
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Exotic Animal Practice- GPCert(ExAP)
This one year course on veterinary management of exotic animals is accredited with the the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS).
The General Practitioner Certificate programmes offered by Improve in conjunction with the ESVPS provide attainable, balanced qualifications for veterinarians working in general practice and allow delegates to achieve true improvement in knowledge and expertise through a combination of didactic tuition, practical experience and reflective learning.
It is intended that delegates should be able to complete the training programme and achieve success in the examinations without taking excessive time away from their practice and normal activities.

Meercat Penguin
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Tortoise doppler Tortoise doppler
Tortoise doppler Tortoise doppler

These small tortoises are Egyptian tortoises (Testudo kleinmanni).
They are extinct in Egypt and these animals are part of a captive breeding strategy.
Eventually this species will be reintroduced into Egypt, in fact I was there in November 1999 checking the health status of the first 100 animals to be released.
These pictures show the use of a Doppler probe to listen to the heart beats

BSAVA Manual of Exotic Pets
An essential part of the library for any veterinary practise. It forms an excellent basis on which to manage the care of exotic animals ranging from rabbits to reptiles and birds.
Manual of Ornithology: Avian Structure and Function
A visual guide to the structure and anatomy of birds
Reptile Medicine and Surgery
The FIRST complete reference to the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and management of the full range of reptilian and amphibian medical and surgical conditions.
 Sharon Redrobe  

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