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 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 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, and  a funny looking cat.

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

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 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 Emma Foster
Emma graduated from Edinburgh University in 2015 and went straight into working at a small animal hospital in Upminster, Essex, as both a day vet and an emergency night vet. 
In July 2017 she joined the team at Wood Street Vet Hospital and has been working at Rosemary Avenue Vet Clinic and other branch surgeries also. 
While she loves all creatures, big and small, she has a particular interest in canine and feline internal and emergency medicine – helping them in their most time of need!
When she’s not at work, Emma likes to spend as much time outside as possible, whether it’s running, eating out or exploring the London markets. She has just moved to Islington and hopes to soon find a feline companion of her own.

Dr Elena Barnes
Elena graduated from Edinburgh in 2016. She has previously completed an internship at Anderson Moores in Winchester.
Although she enjoys all aspects Elena particularly enjoys surgery, exotics and shelter medicine.
Her hobbies include cooking, travelling and running with her rescue greyhound Jett. Ellie also cares for a rescued corn snake.

Dr Rhian Blakely
Rhian graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2013 with the dermatology award.
She moved to Leamington Spa to work in a hospital where she then adopted Cliff the cat, before leaving the UK for warmer climates.
She spent two years working in countries such as Australia, the Cook Islands and New Zealand before finally returning back to where she came from - North London.
In her spare time, Rhian is a keen crossfit (cult) member and musician. 

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.

Dr Amy Hughes
Amy graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2015. She has previously worked in a Small Animal Hospital in Ipswich, Suffolk, before joining the Wood Street and Rosemary Avenue team in January 2017.
Although she enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, Amy particularly enjoys surgery and feline care.
Her hobbies include running, tennis and snowboarding (although these are all very weather dependant!). She has a rescue cat, Willow, at home. 

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.

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.