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Dr Adam Naylor

Veterinary Surgeon Resident to the RZSS

BVetMed MScWAH CertAVP(Zoo Med)MRCVS, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Zoo & Wildlife Medicine.

Research interests

Adam has broad research interests in zoological medicine. His masters degree thesis investigated reproductive endocrinology techniques in tapir and he has continued to further his reproductive disease interest whilst assisting with reproductive health investigations at the RZSS.


Adam is originally from Bristol and qualified from the Royal Veterinary College London in 2007. After initially working in private exotic referral practice, he moved to the USA in 2011 to take up a position at the Wildlife Center of Virginia, working with a wide range of native species including rodents, snakes, and lizards, to opossums, eagles, and bears. On his return to the UK, he carried out a Masters in Wild Animal Health at London Zoo and the Royal Veterinary College and collaborated with numerous zoos around the UK as part of his research thesis looking reproductive disease of tapir. In 2013 he joined the veterinary department at Bristol Zoo and assisted in formulating and teaching a conservation masters degree run by the University of Bristol, School of Veterinary Sciences. Adam joined the RZSS veterinary department in 2014 as the European College of Zoological Medicine veterinary resident. This was the first residency position to be approved by the European College of Zoological Medicine in the UK and only the third in the world; both a fantastic achievement for RZSS as well as an incredibly exciting opportunity for Adam.

  • * Graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2007.
  • * Gained his Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice in Zoological Medicine in 2010.
  • * Gained a Masters of Science in Wild Animal Health with distinction in 2012.
  • * Recognised by the RCVS as an Advanced Practitioner in Zoo & Wildlife Medicine in 2013.


Other positions

  • Veterinary Advisor, BIAZA Native Species Working Group.


Click here for a full list of RZSS Veterinary Services publications can be found here

Additional Non-RZSS Publications

Peer-Reviewed Papers

Naylor, A.D., 2013, Femoral head and neck excision arthroplasty in a leopard tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis), Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 44(4):982-989.

Peer-Reviewed Proceedings

Brown, S., and Naylor, A. D., (2010) Common Chelonian Presentations and their Management. Proceedings of the British Veterinary Zoological Society Satellite Meeting 7 April 2010, ICC, Birmingham pp44.

Published Books/Book Chapters/Reports

Brown, S., Naylor, A., Machin, R., Pellet, S. BSAVA Manual of Reptiles, Edition: 3, Chapter: Gastrointestinal System, Publisher: British Small Animal Veterinary Association, Editors: Simon Girling, Paul Raiti, in press.


Naylor, A. (2013) Validation of a non-invasive fecal progestagen assay for monitoring the reproductive status of captive Malayan (Tapirus indicus) and lowland tapir (Tapirus terrestris). MSc WAH thesis, University of London.