Veterinary Surgeons


Darren Lucas VetMB MA MRCVS

Clinical Director

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, miniature Dachshund, Lollipop, and cat, Pinot, and 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. Kathryn 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 in 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 opthalmology and surgery and in her spare time enjoys cooking and travelling.


Alexandra MacDougall BVM BVS MRCVS

Alex graduated in 2012 and is particularly keen to advance her surgical skills over the coming years. Alex often works at our Verwood branch, where you may see her Lurcher, Arya, keeping the receptionist company. Outside of work, Alex enjoys spending time with her husband and son.


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 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 – she has to leave Lucy, her ex-stray cat, behind and she can’t stay away from her for too long.


Diogo Miraldo MRCVS

Diogo graduated from the University of Evora in Portugal in 2012. Diogo has worked in general practice and referral hospitals in the UK and became the newest member of the Cedar vet team in August 2017. Diogo has a keen interest in surgery.


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. Mark joined Cedar Vets in 2011 and often works in our Ferndown clinic. Mark is a true all-rounder in all areas of veterinary care. Mark is a keen runner and has successfully completed several London marathons.