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.
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 is currently studying for her emergency medicine and critical care certificate.
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.
Tim qualified from The Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh in 2013 having previously gained a BSc(Hons) in Animal Science from The University of Nottingham in 2008.
Tim has a keen interest in large animal practice and small animal surgery.
Outside of work he enjoys playing tennis, rugby and swimming.
Pippa graduated with distinction from the University of Liverpool in 2015. She is originally from Hampshire so is delighted to be back down south. She has a special interest in small animal surgery, especially orthopaedics, having completed an elective in the subject during university. She is also a keen horse rider having competing horses from the age of 9. Outside of work Pippa enjoys exploring the area with her Whippet called Oscar, going to the gym and travelling.
Zoe joins us from Bedfordshire having graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2016. Veterinary Science is her second degree following her BSc (Hons) in Animal Science from the University of Nottingham.
From her degrees, and living abroad, Zoe has interests in preventative medicine and infectious/exotic diseases. She enjoys large animal practice, with a soft spot for cats and guinea pigs!
When not working, Zoe can be found in the dance studio or in London's West End district.
Eleanor graduated from Glasgow University in 1995. Since then she has worked in small animal practice, including some work in the emergency sector.
Outside of work she might be found running around the countryside, on her yoga mat at home or reading/listening to a good book.
She has one very handsome, but rather silly, cat called Lord Micael of Kent (it's a long story......!).
Rupert graduated with distinction from The University of Liverpool Veterinary School in 2008. He has worked in both mixed and small animal practice and has a special interest in all things surgical.
He is currently studying towards a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons certificate in Small Animal Surgery.
Outside of work Rupert is a keen sportsman and loves his cricket and exploring the Kent countryside on his bike.
Vicky graduated with distinction from the Cambridge Veterinary school in 2017, having also gained a BA in neuroscience during a year out from her veterinary course. During her time at university she also completed an elective focussing on farm animal medicine and undertook research into dairy calf health.
Vicky has a special interest in large animal medicine, everything from horses and cattle to alpaca, as well as a keen interest in small animal medicine, especially skin disease.
When not working Vicky loves nothing more than being outdoors, running, hiking or kayaking in the countryside and has even completed a tough mudder challenge.