We are a small animal and exotics practice in Tarporley, near Chester, first established in 1994. We are passionate about animal care and our skilled team of veterinarians and vet nurses are dedicated to providing the highest quality care for your animals. Because we love animals and strive to provide excellent continuity of care, we are open 6 days a week and have access to 24-hour emergency care. For your added convenience, there’s free parking for clients at the clinic.
Suzetta qualified from Liverpool in 1994 and has worked at Birch Heath Veterinary Clinic for over ten years. She now works part-time as an exotic and small animal vet and has extensive experience of all aspects of both small animal and exotic veterinary medicine. She has completed an MSc in wild animal health, holds a zoology degree and has advanced practitioner status from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). Suzetta has contributed to current literature and exotics textbooks and has a particular interest in diagnostic imaging. She has a mischievous Field Spaniel called Myrtle.
Leanne Roberts BVSc PgC Exotic Animal Studies MRCVS
Head Veterinary Surgeon
Leanne graduated from the University of Liverpool in July 2013. She acquired a passion for exotic animal medicine after working in a wildlife hospital in Queensland, Australia as part of her degree and also completed an elective placement with the Chester Zoo veterinary team. She started her working life in a large busy mixed practice in Northumberland, mainly focusing on small and exotic animal medicine. She started at Birch Heath Veterinary Clinic in 2015 after moving back to her home town of Chester. She completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Exotic Animal Studies in August 2020. In her spare time she enjoys horse riding, water skiing and walking with her Border Collie Tetley and Golden Retriever Indy.
Katie Tipping BSc BVSc MRCVS
Katie studied for her veterinary degree at Liverpool University in 2009 after working as a qualified nurse for two years. Originally from the West Midlands, she has moved to Cheshire to continue her passion of working with exotics at Birch Heath Veterinary Clinic. Katie has a surrogate dog called Izzy, a male Jack Russell cross Yorkshire Terrier who was an RSPCA case at her previous practice.
Jack Williams BVSc MRCVS
Jack graduated from the University of Liverpool in July 2018. After spending three months in South Africa working with big game wildlife and another three months in small animal practice, Jack joined Birch Heath in April 2019. Jack has always had an interest in wildlife and exotic medicine, having undertaken his elective in wildlife and exotics medicine, and is always keen to learn more. At home Jack has two Labradors, Bea and Pippin, a cat called Darcy, a tortoise called Darwin, and three chickens called Mary, Mungo, and Midge. In his spare time can be found walking his two Labradors in Delemere forest. He also enjoys tennis, karate, and is an avid singer.
David Bass BVSc MRCVS
David graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2015 and initially worked in mixed practice for six years in between Scarborough and North Wales. He has a particular interest in all aspects of surgery and exotics and joined us at Birch heath vets in April 2021.
In his spare time, he enjoys exploring North Wales with his Springer Spaniel, Max.