We are a group of small animal practices in Dorset and Hampshire, first established in the 1960s. We are passionate about animal care and our skilled team of veterinarians and vet nurses are dedicated to providing the highest quality care for your animals. Because we love animals and strive to provide excellent continuity of care, we are open seven days a week and provide our own 24 hour care at our hospital. For your added convenience, there’s free parking for clients at our surgeries.
Darren qualified from Cambridge University in 1997. He then spent six months volunteering as the vet in charge of a primate rehabilitation centre in Cameroon, West Africa, followed by two years working at a small animal veterinary practice in Nottingham. Darren joined Cedar Vets in 2000 and became a director in 2008. He is interested in all aspects of small animal practice, but is particularly interested in emergency medicine and surgery. As clinical director, Darren balances his clinical work with the running of the practice. He is passionate about the delivery of the highest standards of care to our patients. Darren lives in Ringwood with his wife Vikki, as well as a miniature Dachshund and cat named Lollipop and Pinot. He enjoys travelling, cooking and photography in his limited spare time.
Kathryn Bateman BVetMed MRCVS
Kathryn graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2016 and joined Cedar Vets soon after. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, especially ophthalmology. In her spare time, she enjoys baking and taking her two dogs, Meg and Dora, for walks on the beach.
Antonia Chope BVSc MRCVS
Antonia graduated from Liverpool University in 2014 and after a few months travelling joined Cedar Vets later that year. She is interested in all aspects of small animal practice, but is particularly keen on surgery and is studying for an advanced qualification in this area. In her free time Antonia enjoys horse riding, running and walking her two rescue Staffordshire Bull Terriers in the New Forest.
Ingrid Isaac MRCVS
Ingrid graduated from the Faculdade de Medicina Veterinaria de Lisboa in 2015, and from March 2016 until April 2018 worked in a busy referral oncological hospital in Lisbon. Her main interests are diagnostic imaging and surgery. In 2017, Ingrid attended an ultrasound course with Pete Mantis and in November spent a week at the Bristol University Imaging Department to learn and gain some experience in CT scanning. In her spare time Ingrid enjoys travelling.
Collette Jaffarji BVSc BSc MRCVS
Collette studied at Bristol Vet School and joined Cedar Vets in 1995, often working at our Ferndown branch. Collette lives in Ringwood with her husband Mark and enjoys cycling, swimming and dancing in her spare time.
Shan Lim BVetMed MRCVS
Shan graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2015 and joined Cedar Vets after a few months of travelling. She is currently working towards a certificate in cardiology. Shan enjoys cooking, travelling and going exploring with her dog, Wallace.
Mark Packer VetMB MA MRCVS
Mark graduated from Cambridge in 1994 and after a spell working in the Midlands, returned to his Dorset roots in 2006. He joined Cedar Vets in 2011 and often works in our Ferndown clinic. Mark is a true all-rounder in all areas of veterinary care. He is also a keen runner and has successfully completed several London marathons.
Victoria Travail MRCVS
Victoria graduated from Liege University in 2015 and worked in France before moving to the UK. She has a particular interest in exotics and imaging and is currently studying for a certificate in emergency and critical care. In her free time Victoria enjoys travelling and diving.