Meet Our Canterbury Vets Team | Canterbury Veterinary Surgery, Kent

Meet our team

At Canterbury Veterinary Surgery our professional team of vets and nurses care passionately about animals and treat every patient as a sentient being. Every member of our team is hand selected for their compassion and ability to go above and beyond for our clients. They have the skills to provide a timely diagnosis and first-class veterinary treatment.


Lead Veterinary Surgeon


Dr. Peter Thompson is our wonderful senior vet. Originally from South Africa, Peter has now been practising to a high level in Kent for over 20 years.

Peter is incredibly experienced in all aspects of general veterinary medicine and has an added extra interest and vast knowledge in ophthalmology. We want you to be reassured that your precious pets will be in the very best care with Peter leading our vet team.

Outside of the surgery Peter enjoys golf, rugby, hockey and also squeezes in looking after his own small holding!

Veterinary Ophthalmologist


Working in a dedicated ophthalmology referral service since 2014, Barbara is confident in all areas of small animal ophthalmological referral work and will be based at different clinics in Kent for the diagnosis and treatment of ocular pathologies.

Barbara is proficient in all areas of adnexal, corneal and anterior chamber surgery. In addition to this, she can liaise with other specialists (or offer further referral) for glaucoma and retinal surgery when necessary or indicated. A member of BrAVO since 1996, Barbara attends their annual meetings and for further continued professional development has also attended the European ECVO congress on multiple occasions.

Barbara is able to address a variety of complex cases. Based in Kent, her services are within close access to all areas of London and beyond. Referral forms can be found on our website. Please note that Barbara is currently not performing cataract surgery.


Registered Veterinary Nurse

Katie RVN

The incredibly talented Katie qualified as a nurse in 2003. Before that, she had a global experience working across the world from Bermuda to Dubai.
Having settled in Kent since 2013,  Katie has worked  in referral ophthalmology for over a decade! Katie enjoys the complex and intense cases that referral ophthalmology brings. You can find out more about Katie’s work with Barbara at Eye Vetcare. 
Veterinary Care Assistant


Kirsty is the latest member of our team at Canterbury Vets. She has a special interest in exotics and shared her home with rabbits, cats and a parrot called Zazu!

Veterinary Care Assistant


Cerys joined the Canterbury team in July 2022. She shares her home with her German Shepherds and helps her mum with fostering kittens. Cerys hopes to train to be a veterinary nurse one day soon.

Support team

Practice Manager


Jane graduated from Hartpury College with a degree in veterinary nursing science in 2008. Since then she has worked as a vet nurse, vet nursing lecturer, clinical manager & practice manager at a variety of sites, joining DNA as area manager in June 2022. At home Jane is kept busy with three cats, one dog and three kids!

Veterinary Receptionist


Leanne has worked as a veterinary receptionist for the past few years having previously worked in banking, the Civil Service and as a volunteer helper in a local school and charity shop. She joined the surgery when it opened in April 2022 and enjoys her work as part of the reception team.


Outside of work she likes gardening, Formula 1, reading and looking after her rescue cat Pooch – she was named by the RSPCA and she kept the name as it fits – she often acts more like a dog than a cat!

Veterinary Receptionist


Vicky joined us as Canterbury Vets opened in April 2022. She is a familiar face on the reception desk for our clients and is a key member of the support team. She has three German Shepherd dogs and helps foster kittens for a local cat charity.