Wood Street

Veterinary Hospital

Care, Compassion and Commitment

Meet the Team at Wood Street Veterinary Hospital

We believe that your pets deserve to receive the best treatment available, from vets they know and can rely on night and day, all year round.
Dr Tony White

Tony White graduated from Bristol University in 1992 and has been at Wood Street since August of the same year.

Tony enjoys all aspects of veterinary work but is particularly interested in surgery.

Minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery is now used more and more at the hospital. Tony and the team have been performing diagnostic and therapeutic keyhole procedures, as well as routine operations such as spaying for 10 years now.

Tony’s other main focus is orthopaedic surgery and the hospital now performs a wide range of elective procedures and fracture repairs. Tony is an active member of the BVOA ESVOT (British and European Orthopaedic and Traumatology Associations) and attends many of their meetings.

Apart from work, Tony is kept busy by his wife , three children, and a large number of rescued animals. The current tally stands at eight  dogs,  seven cats, seven  horses and two ex battery chickens.  The work the hospital does for the RSPCA and a wife who works for them, makes accumulating waifs and strays rather easy.

What little time he has left is spent either cycling, running or ferrying his children around!

Dr Rajat Mukherjee
Rajat  graduated from the Royal Veterinary College London in 2005 where he was awarded the Frank Townend Barton Award (small animal elective) upon graduation. He worked  in a Small Animal Hospital in Harrogate for a year before moving to Wood Street for 7 years. After a 2 year hiatus in the desert sands of Abu Dhabi working ina small animal hospital treating Tigers to Turtles, he joined Wood Street again in May 2016.

He is keenly interested in all aspects of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery and aims to provide the highest level of compassionate care to his patients by keeping abreast of the latest developments in this field. His current interests are Intensive and Emergency care, Local anaesthesia and Analgesia, Anaesthesia of Critically Ill patients, and Airway surgery in Brachycephalic Dogs.
 He holds the RCVS Certificate (Master's equivalent) in Veterinary Cardiology and is studying towards a further RCVS Certificate in Intensive Care/Emergency Medicine.  He also practices Veterinary Acupuncture and is a member of several international Veterinary Organisations. In 2014 he was nominated for UK PetPlan Vet of the Year.

In his spare time he enjoys reading, going to the gym, travelling, scuba diving and photography.

Dr Emma Louise Ruggles
Emma graduated from the RVC in 1998 and spent 14 years working for a large small animal hospital in Essex.

After her daughter was born, she moved to a Central london Clinic before coming to Wood Street, where she is mainly based at our Radlett branch (Oakwood Vet Surgery). 

She enjoys all aspects of practice and holds a post graduate certificate in Small Animal Medicine.     

Emma lives with her husband and small daughter, with a very old labrador and a funny looking cat.

In the limited spare time this household leaves her, she enjoys running, country walks and experimental cookery.

Dr Eleni Bousia Foti
Eleni qualified from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 2012.

While still a student she volunteered in small animal practices and wildlife centers both in Greece and the UK gaining lots of practical experience.

She then worked for 2 years in a small animal practice in Oxfordshire and joined the team at Wood Street in January 2016.

Eleni is particularly interested in surgery and orthopaedics and she is studying towards a certificate in small animal surgery at the moment.

Outside work she loves swimming, birdwatching and photography.

Dr Clara Ballber
Clara graduated from Barcelona University in 2009.

She then worked for three years in small animal clinics and hospitals in Barcelona before moving to the UK where she began an internship in a referral hospital in Swindon, and then a second internship at the  University of Edinburgh, before joining the Wood Street Vet Hospital team.

Her main interests lie in internal medicine and emergency and critical care, and she is currently working towards a certificate in medicine to further develop these skills.

She has a dog called Trena,  a lovely Golden and Irish Setter cross.

Dr Phil Barr
Phil Barr qualified from Bristol University Vet School in 1991 and after a year in ‘exotic’ animal practice where he did his best to treat the odd monkey, meercat and crocodile, he made the move back to small animal practice (dogs, cats and other small pets).

He worked in several practices in the South East, eventually gaining a post-graduate RCVS qualification in Small Animal Medicine in 1998.

Phil joined Wood Street Veterinary Hospital and became a partner in 2001. Phil remains enthusiastic about all aspects of veterinary practice with special emphasis on medical investigation techniques such as ultrasound and endoscopy, as well as cardiology.

He is a member of the Veterinary Cardiovascular Society and the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology, and is an RCVS Advanced Practitioner (Small Animal Medicine).

At home Phil has a pair of lovely, if slightly naughty, cats as well as a wife and 2 small children to ensure his time is fully occupied!

Dr Emma Clark
Emma qualified from Cambridge Veterinary School in 2001 with an additional degree in Zoology and spent four years in mixed practice in Essex and Bedfordshire before moving to Barnet to join the team at Wood Street Veterinary Hospital in 2005.

 She made the move to Oakwood Vet Surgery in 2013,  where she enjoys all aspects of veterinary work in particular small animal medicine and dentistry.

At home she likes socialising and keeping active - running, cycling, and dog walking. She has two boys, 2 terriers and a 3 legged cat to keep her busy.

Dr Ozlem Cosar
Ozlem graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in July 2010 having also completed a degree inVeterinary Sciences, and she even worked as our Saturday morning receptionist while studying.

She has completed charity work in Turkey neutering stray dogs and cats, and providing much needed care to these unfortunate animals.

Ozlem went to run our surgery in Cockfosters after several years full time at the main hospital in Barnet, and still spends time at both sites.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, socialising and swimming. Ozlem also has a dog Chloe and a cat Twix to keep her busy.

Dr Pom Figgures
Pom graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2009. For several years she worked with both companion animal and equine patients, however now she concentrates solely on companion animals.

Pom joined Rosemary Avenue Veterinary Clinic in 2011 on a locum basis and has been with us permanently since January 2013.

Pom enjoys all aspects of the work and especially soft tissue surgery and treating the geriatric cat. 

Outside of work Pom enjoys going to the theatre, cooking, reading, riding and spending time with her husband and their rescue cat Pepper.

Dr Peter Hiscox
Peter graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2009.

During my time at vet school I also spent a year at the University of Bristol studying animal behaviour and welfare, as part of which I undertook a research project looking at how people gain emotional support from their pets.

After graduating, I worked in North Yorkshire for a couple of years before moving to North London in 2011.

Outside of work, I enjoy singing with a choir and making sure my cat Nicholas is kept entertained!

Dr Claire Malbecq
Claire graduated Docteur en Medecine Veterinaire from the University of Liege in Belgium in 1988.

She joined Moira Wilson, founder of Rosemary Avenue Vet Clinic in 1992, and has been working there ever since.

She enjoyed enjoys all aspects of veterinary work. In 1999, she passed the IVAS Certificate in Veterinary Acupuncture and has been providing acupuncture treatment at the surgery and to other practices.

At home, Claire enjoys training for triathlons, skiing and sailing. She has Roxy, a Yorkshire terrier, who sometimes can be found sleeping behind the reception desk at Rosemary Avenue vet clinic.

Mrs Simone Kirby
Simone Kirby qualified from the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany in 1992.  She is a European Veterinary Specialist in Dentistry.

Her interest in the dental side of veterinary care began early on as a veterinary student, and she proceeded to get further training in veterinary dentistry in the United States where she completed a residency at the University of Pennsylvania.

She is a Diplomate of the European Veterinary Dental College who is frequently involved in teaching veterinary dentistry to students and veterinarians, and is a contributing author of veterinarydentistry books.

Her clinical work involves not only the type of tooth treatments that we are familiar with from going to our own dentists, but also surgery of the oral cavity. So, if you have a problem with your pet's mouth which requires specialist care such as root canal work then please contact us to arrange for Simone to see you.

When not busy with teeth, Simone enjoys long walks that end in pub dinners, music and cooking, especially trying out new recipes. She has a husband, two step-children, and a rescue-cat called Cookie.