Guest Speaking

Whilst exotic animals may still be kept as pets it is up to us to ensure that those animals in pet homes receive the very best of care.  The Grace’s Rest advice and education services instruct the public and professionals alike in the proper care and management of exotic species along with an aim to reduce the numbers of individuals and diversity of species kept as pets.


Advice is freely given and fees from paid services detailed below support the vital work of the rescue service.


For pet owners:

  • FREE advice on husbandry, maintenance and behaviour of exotic pets.
  • Consultation service for complex cases (fees apply).


For education providers and event organisers:

  • Our services provide an enthralling alternative to the usual guest lecturing fare for you event!
  • We are able to speak on a HUGE variety of animal related subjects including topical issues in the exotic pet industry, animal welfare and animal husbandry.
  • All talks can be individually tailored to each booking
  • Specialising in young people’s and adult’s groups.
  • Available for educational establishments, clubs and societies, private and corporate events and so on.
  • Prices begin at £75* per hour (£60 per hour for charities/non-profit groups) plus 45p per mile travel expense outside of a 20 mile radius of our base near Coventry.
  • Fully insured, licensed, CRB/DBS-checked and supported by The Prince’s Trust.


More information and photos are to follow shortly.



contact us today for your no obligation quote


* A deposit of 50% of the total booking cost is taken upon reciept of booking to reserve your date, the remainder of the balance being due within 14 days of date of invoice after completion of the event.  Sorry, booking deposits are non-refundable in any circumstance.

PLEASE NOTE: Grace's Rest does not provide "pet party" or "animal encounter" services due to a multitude of scientifically valid animal welfare and human health and safety concerns.

Want to donate?

Supported by Ladbrook Insurance, a specialist animal charity insurance provider.


How to contact us:



Or use our contact form.


opening hours

Mon - Fri:

Office hours: 10am - 5pm


Emergency calls accepted 24/7


Open every day


Meet the Owner-Operator, Clare Barnard BSc.(Hons)


Clare is a research scientist and PhD candidate at the University of Lincoln where she is studying wildlife conservation and the direct impact of the exotic pet trade on wild animal populations.  She will be working from the Laboratory of Evolutionary Ecology of Adaptations.  Clare has also been honoured to become part of the Global Amphibian Biodiversity research team.


Clare has almost 20 years professional experience in the husbandry of exotic animals a specialism in the genetics of British herpetofauna.  She has worked with wild Adders (Vipera berus) and endangered Natterjack Toads (Epidalea calamita) under Natural England license conditions.  Clare has worked as a zookeeper and within private collections including her own.  She lives in rural North Warwickshire, on-site at Grace's Rest, with a whole host of animals!

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