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. Darren lives in Ringwood with his wife Vikki, a miniature Dachshund named Lollipop and cat, Pinot. He enjoys cooking (and eating) 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 after further training would like to study for a certificate in this area. In her free time Antonia enjoys horse riding, running and walking her two dogs in the New Forest.
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. Shan has a particular interest in ophthalmology and surgery and in her spare time enjoys cooking and travelling.
Evelyn Maniaki DVM MRCVS
Evelyn graduated from the University of Thessaly, Greece in 2009 and immediately started working in one of the largest hospitals in Athens. After completing a rotating internship in small animal internal medicine and clinical pathology, she held the position of head of the intensive care unit for three years. In 2013, she relocated to England and spent the best part of two years in a busy first opinion small animal hospital in Oxfordshire. Following this, she completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Small Animal Referral Hospital of Bristol University and started her certificate in advanced veterinary practice with a specific focus on internal medicine. Evelyn joined Cedar Vets in August 2016 and is interested in all aspects of internal medicine and critical care, particularly everything that has to do with cats. Her main interests include endocrinology, nephrology and geriatric medicine. During her free time, Evelyn reads, sings and travels around the world as much as she can – but she has to leave Lucy, her ex-stray cat, behind and she can’t stay away from her for too long.
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.