About Us

ACTIVE MEMBERS

  • Ross Ashley Machin DVM MRCVS OCQ(V)-CA GPCert(ExAP) PgC(ExAS)
  • RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine
  • Veterinary Surgeon
  • Veterinary Laboratory Consultant, Supervisor and Analyst

Ross has been keeping and breeding reptiles for over 25 years. Since graduation in 2009 he has worked in first opinion and exotics referral practices and hospitals in Spain and the UK. He opened a practice in Leicestershire and worked there for two and a half years where he saw first opinion small animals and exotics referrals. He also runs the veterinary parasitology laboratory via Reptiland.co.uk (Vetexotics) performing tests for exotic pet owners, rescues and veterinary practices. Him and his wife currently offer locum cover via MR Vet Ltd in different practices around the country and spend much part of the year living in Spain where their families reside.

He acquired a postgraduate certificate through the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS) in Exotic Animal Practice (GPCertExAP) in 2012, also the Postgraduate Certificate through Harper Adams University (HAU) in Exotic Animal Studies (PgCExAS) in 2016 and was awarded the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine status in 2017. He is also an official veterinarian in the UK and has the Official Controls Qualification for the export of companion animals, including pet birds and Pet Travel Scheme (OCQ(V)-CA).

He has presented exotic animal medicine and surgery seminars to groups of vets in practice in the Midlands and lectures fifth year veterinary students on therapeutics and pharmacology of birds and reptiles at the veterinary faculty in Valencia, Spain.

Ross has publications in the exotics field including a chapter contribution for the third edition of BSAVA Manual of Reptiles, British Veterinary Association (BVA) In Practice publication "Common Gastrointestinal Parasites in Reptiles" and co-authored three chapters for the new Mader's Reptile and Amphibian Medicine and SurgeryHe is currently directing one of the largest reptile parasitology surveys in the UK yet and also an study on coccidia numbers in healthy rabbits. He has also reviewed articles for publication for the Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery and for The British Veterinary Association publication, In practice.

He is an active member of international associations to keep up to date with new advances in different fieds, including British Society for Parasitology, World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary ParasitologyBritish Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA)British Veterinary Association (BVA)Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV)Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV), European Association of Avian Veterinarians (EAAV)Veterinary Information Network (VIN)North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) and British Chelonia Group (BCG).

In his free time he enjoys playing football and squash, snow boarding, cycling and just chilling out with friends and family.


  • María Isabel Martí Insa DVM MRCVS GPCert(SAM)
  • Veterinary Surgeon
  • Veterinary Laboratory Consultant Small Animals

From a very young age she always had a great interest in animals and wanted to be an "animal doctor" from just 2 years of age. Her first pets were a pair of budgies named Pin and Pon, followed by a hamster family. At the age of 12 she acquired an adorable Samoyed puppy named Rox and then her Terrier Arco who sadly was not with her for very long.

She was introduced to the world of exotics and soon found out the many animals that suffer through inadequate husbandry, therefore joining the cause. She has maintained groups of Harvest mice, African pigmy (domestic) hedgehogs, Tenrecs and various reptile species.

Her passion for exotic animals and internal medicine has driven her to see practice and work in exotic animal veterinary practices in Spain and the UK. She has collaborated in volunteer neutering programs around Europe. 

She acquired a postgraduate certificate through the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS) in Internal Medicine (GPCertSAM) and works in a small animal veterinary practice where she sees first opinion reptiles and exotic animals, along with cats and dogs. She is an active member of reptiland.co.uk and helps maintain the site.

During her free time she enjoys social events with her friends, trekking and walking her dogs Xuxi, Chiara and Sira. 


  • Abigayle Wells VCA SVN
  • Veterinary Care Assistant (VCA). Registered Veterinary Nurse Student
  • Assistant Laboratory Analyst

Abi joined our team very recently and will play an important role in order for the laboratory to function on a daily basis.

She studied photography and Veterinary Care Assistant (VCA) before starting training as a veterinary nurse which are very important components of our laboratory work. The photography of parasites is an important part of our day to day work as images are then used for lecturing and or publications in the field. Understanding the health and safety in the laboratory environment in another important factor she learned during her training.
She has worked as a pet shop assistant in the past has worked in small animal veterinary practice for over 5 years and always had a great interest in veterinary parasitology. Client education, parasite prevention and treatment is is a major part of daily veterinary practice.

Abi enjoys travelling, gardening, art and photography. She has pets which include a dog, cats, a snake, a rabbit, but has also kept a whole range of other animals including chameleons, Leopard Geckos, degus.


  • Helen Townsend RVN SQP
  • Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN)
  • Senior Laboratory Analyst