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

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, Josh 17, Owen 14 and Harvey 10. Clair loves running. 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.