Ashley Clayton

BVSc MRCVS

Ashley qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2018. After graduating she initially worked in mixed practice, followed by a stint in emergency practice alongside working as an intern in a wildlife hospital, before undertaking her current positions as an assistant vet for two large zoological collections and as the lead vet at a British wildlife hospital.

Ashley has also worked on conservation projects overseas with raptors and African painted dogs, and has a keen interest in all aspects of wildlife and conservation medicine, one health and animal welfare. She is currently working towards her certificate in advanced veterinary practice in zoological medicine.

Outside of work Ashley is a keen Formula 1 fan and also enjoys sea kayaking and travelling in her spare time.

Latest articles by Ashley Clayton

Caring for wildlife in the winter
News and Comment
Caring for wildlife in the winter
British wildlife can be overlooked at this time of year. Along with the shortening of the days and bleaker weather, we are outside less, not hearing abundant bird song and frantic parents rushing back to nests. The hedge…
January 24, 2023 • 5 shares
Is surgery in rats always a bad idea?
Exotic Pet
Is surgery in rats always a bad idea?
Domestic rats can make excellent pets, they are highly intelligent, inquisitive animals that love to play and explore. On average they have a lifespan of 2-3 years. But there have been a number of cases of pet rats who h…
December 15, 2022 • 7 shares
Is there pet insurance for hamsters and gerbils?
Pet Insurance
Is there pet insurance for hamsters and gerbils?
Hamsters and gerbils are common pets in the UK. These small rodents have continuously growing teeth and an average lifespan of 2 and 4 years respectively, although this varies between individual species and breeds, and m…
November 23, 2022 • 9 shares
What makes a good diet for a pet rat?
Diet
What makes a good diet for a pet rat?
Pet rats, also known as fancy rats, are highly inquisitive, intelligent animals and can make great pets. But knowing what to feed them can sometimes be challenging. They need to be fed a specific diet formulated for rats…
October 20, 2022 • 10 shares
Do hedgehogs make good pets?
Exotic Pet
Do hedgehogs make good pets?
Hedgehogs are amazing wild animals. They are small mammals, with an amazing sense of smell, covered in spines and able to curl their heads and legs completely inside their body, becoming a protective ball should they fee…
September 29, 2022 • 46 shares
Should I feed a wild baby bird?
Wildlife
Should I feed a wild baby bird?
The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the trees are growing and all the signs are there that spring is here, which only means one thing - baby bird season has begun! Unlike pigeons who breed all year round, our nati…
April 13, 2022 • 70 shares
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