9b Defiant Close, Hawkinge, CT18 7SU

Who we are

Meet the team

John Thompson

Veterinary Surgeon


John was brought up on his father’s dairy farm in the mid-ulster region of Northern Ireland. He qualified from Liverpool University in 1984, gaining his RCVS certificate in Small Animal Orthopaedics in 1993. He worked for the PDSA for 10 years and spent 3 years as senior vet, building up a very busy clinic in Bournemouth. He has owned a number of small animal practices near Maidstone, Kent. At university, he met Verity-Anne who is from Kent. They married in 1984 and have two children who work and live locally, Lydia a primary school teacher and Joshua a tree surgeon.

Bonnie Jaques

Veterinary Surgeon

BVM&S, MRCVS, PGCert.Ophthalmology, Advanced Practitioner Small Animal Ophthalmology

Bonnie qualified from Edinburgh Veterinary School in 2009 and has worked in Kent ever since. In 2016 she took further RCVS examinations and obtained her Certificate in Small Animal Ophthalmology. In 2017 she was awarded the postgraduate certificate in ophthalmology enabling her to work as an Advanced Practitioner in Ophthalmology.
Apart from being passionate about eyes and all aspects of veterinary medicine she also enjoys seeing the backyard chicken and was known as the Chicken Vet in her previous practice!
Bonnie has two young, very active (!!) sons, a cat called Minstrel and four guinea pigs.

Clair Caldwell

Auxiliary Nursing staff

Clair started training as a veterinary nurse in 1994. She has worked in a number of veterinary surgeries in the area, taking time out to bring up her family of three handsome and talented boys. Clair prefers the reception side of veterinary now and just loves talking to clients, putting them at ease, sharing the gossip. Clair loves running and she raced competitively when at school and still competes for Folkestone Running Club in marathons. She particularly enjoys running “off road” with her newly acquired rescue dog Jess.

Rosie Seaward

Nursing Staff

Rosie qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1988 and has always been involved in private practice and veterinary charity work. She has a huge love and compassion for all animals whether a cuddly Labrador puppy or not so handsome baby pigeon. Rosie has a huge wealth of knowledge of the local area and throughout her professional life has been involved in rehoming dogs and cats and rehabilitating all sorts of wildlife. She has 3 dogs and 2 cats.

Kayley Wharmby

Registered Veterinary Nurse


Kayley loves her job. Simple as that. She's got a great smile and is totally calm no matter what is happening. She's a great asset to the surgery and the clients benefit from her caring manner and intelligent approach to her Diabetes clinics or the fatty's club. Football mad and a raving Liverpool supporter but it all comes second to her family, chosen profession and her best hairy friend, Nya the (sort of a) Cocker Spaniel.

Louise Manton

Registered Veterinary Nurse


Louise qualified in 2009 and has lots of experience with surgery cases, nursing our poorly sickies on the wards and helping the fattys loose weight (oops that's not very PC). Louise is another very kind member of staff with loads of passion when it comes to looking after clients and their pets.
As well as loving her job and her dogs very much, Louise also loves Liverpool FC. Mornings at the surgery can be a very noisy affair when three nurses are dissecting out the referee's decision or why wasn't VAR used or who should have been playing on the left wing.

Helen Johnson

Registered Veterinary Nurse


Before joining us, Helen worked in a busy surgery that had a high caseload of orthopaedic referrals so she has a lot of experience in this field and loves the surgery side of working in a veterinary practice. At home she shares her husband's passion for football, especially when Liverpool play. Helen took a career break to manage her own very successful business working with NHS consultants and has sensibly returned to the furry side of life.
Quiet but strong is her motto and like everyone at the clinic, she will do whatever it takes to help a poorly pet or an upset client

Emily Mackenzie



Emily is the quiet but very efficient type. You can always rely on her whether you're a client wanting advice about your pet or a colleague needing help with a case.