About Us

ACTIVE MEMBERS

  • Ross Ashley Machin DVM MRCVS OCQ(V)-CA GPCert(ExAP) PgC(ExAS)
  • RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine
  • Veterinary Consultant. Web Director, Designer and Editor.

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 in Spain and the UK. He opened his practice in Leicestershire and worked here 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 (Vetexotics) performing tests for exotic pet owners and, rescues and veterinary practices. Him and his wife Maria 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 live.

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).

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 Surgery.

He is an active member of international associations to keep up to date with new advances in different fieds, including British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA), British Veterinary Association (BVA), Association of Reptilian and Amphibian veterinarians (ARAV), Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV), 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.


  • Rachel Ann Burton MSc BSc (hons) BHSAI
  • Veterinary Laboratory Analyst and Researcher

Rachel graduated from Coventry university with a BSc (hons) 1st class in Equine Science, during which she specialised in equine parasitology and anthelmintic efficacy and sustainability. Here her interest in livestock and pet parasitology was inspired, leading her to undertake a postgraduate MSc in Animal Health and Welfare at Nottingham Tent University. She then investigated canine anthelmintic drug use and started to undertake laboratory work utilizing various techniques on faecal samples of these species and small ruminants. She also studied the global management, enrichment and welfare of many species including livestock and pets, such as avian and reptilian species, developing her interest in exotics. She is passionate about applying her knowledge of anthelmintic efficacy and parasite burden testing in the mammalian industry to the reptilian industry.

Rachel joined Vetexotics in 2018; she is a key piece in running the day to day laboratory and is also contributing and progressing exotics parasitology research.

Alongside working for Reptiland, she also provides education and training in the equine industry, being a qualified and registered instructor with the British Horse Society. In her free time, Rachel produces and competes her young horse Dancer, takes her dog Dobby on adventures and is a keen skier.


  • María Isabel Martí Insa DVM MRCVS GPCert(SAM)
  • Veterinary Consultant. Web Editor.

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 currently has completed her European Certificate in Internal Medicine 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, snowboarding, walking her dogs Xuxi, Chiara and Sira, and her cats Sona and Mincho.