Steph Wilson is our Chartered Physiotherapist. She gained a physiotherapy degree at Huddersfield University in 2003. She went on to work at her regional hospital in North Wales, eventually specialising in Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal conditions. A move to London in 2007 enabled Steph to gain physiotherapy experience in the top NHS hospitals in the country and study at the Royal Veterinary College. In 2010 she completed her MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy and begun practicing under more experienced physiotherapists in Kent and Essex before branching out independently. In the last 5 years Steph has been balancing a mixed caseload of human, small and large animal work in the Kent area. In her spare time she is painstakingly trying to train her 2 year old English Pointer for the shooting field.
Christoph is our visiting orthopaedic specialist consultant. He graduated from the Veterinary School at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich in 1996. He then undertook a doctorate thesis on research into markers of bone metabolism for which he was awarded a Dr.med.vet. (“magna cum laude”) in 1999. His clinical training commenced with a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and was deepened during a 3-year ECVS-approved surgical residency programme at the University of Liege, Belgium, where he completed a DES ChirPA diploma degree of specialisation in small animal surgery in 2002. During his residency he spent training periods in the United States at the University Hospital of the Michigan State University and the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, NY.
From 2002-2009 he has been working as a full-time senior clinician in orthopaedic and spinal surgery in a busy referral-only small animal hospital in the UK. In 2004 he became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons by examination and a European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Surgery. He is a RCVS recognised Specialist in Small Animal Surgery since 2005.
Focussing on orthopaedic surgery for a number of years and having been exposed to a very large number of patients, he has accumulated a wealth of experience and furthered his skills to the highest level. This has been complemented by regular attendance at specialist CPD, conferences and master classes.
In addition to handling a busy clinical caseload, he maintained an active research interest and has several scientific collaborations. He has published a number of scientific papers in major veterinary journals and has lectured on a wide variety of subjects on a local, national and international level.
He enjoys all aspects of small animal orthopaedics, but has particular interests in arthroscopy, the management of complex fractures, the correction of angular limb deformity and treating feline patients.
In February 2010 Christoph founded orthovet (www.orthovet.uk.com), a mobile veterinary orthopaedic specialist referral service, which has enjoyed rapid and continued growth since. Providing this new specialist service within a number of practices, such as the Meopham Veterinary Hospital, has enabled many pets to benefit from Christoph's clinical skills.
Besides his veterinary passion, Christoph enjoys playing music, the “French cuisine” and spending time with his wife and their two children. The Gordon Setter “Jazz” and the cat “Barnabé” complete the family.
Martin Hobbs is the Practice Principal and owner of The Meopham Hospital and The Swanscombe and Sevenoaks Veterinary Surgeries. Martin gained a first class degree in Animal Physiology and Nutrition from the University of Leeds. He graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in 1992, with distinctions in anatomy and surgery. In 1996 he opened the Meopham Veterinary Surgery and subsequently The Swanscombe Veterinary Surgery in 2000 and The Sevenoaks Veterinary Surgery in May 2010. Following postgraduate study and examination Martin has been awarded the RCVS Certificates in Small Animal Surgery in 2002 and Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging in 2004. He has also recently gained a Certificate in Small Animal Ophthalmology. His main areas of interest are surgery (small animal and equine) and diagnostic imaging. Martin is a Local Veterinary Inspector.
Bruce qualified from The University of Pretoria, South Africa in 2000 and joined the Meopham Veterinary Hospital in 2005. Bruce is the Senior Veterinary Surgeon at Meopham. His interests include travel, scuba diving and languages. Bruce has a strong interest in radiology and internal medicine and has completed the BSAVA Certificate in Medicine. Bruce also has a Royal College Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice with a bias in diagnostic imaging and he will play a key role in the use of our new CT machine. Bruce is also a Local Veterinary Inspector.
Penny graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in 2011 with a BSc(Hons) in Veterinary Science and a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine. During university she completed an externship at Bell Equine and undertook electives in equine surgery, equine reproduction and veterinary business.
She has a special interest in small animal surgery and has recently passed a BSAVA post graduate certificate in both Soft Tissue and Orthopaedic surgery. Penny has always been a keen horsewoman, growing up in Australia she competed in showing, eventing, dressage and show jumping.
She now competes a lovely Thoroughbred in both dressage and eventing. In her spare time she also does triathlons and finished her first half Ironman this year.
Lauren moved back home to Kent and joined the practice as a mixed vet in August 2011 after graduating from The University of Bristol. Between graduation and starting work Lauren travelled to Lesvos, Greece where she had a fantastic time working for a charity neutering stray animals. She is a keen swimmer and golfer, playing golf at county level. Lauren has recently completed her emergency medicine and critical care certificate.