We are a Small Animal Hospital in Canterbury, first established in 1880. We are passionate about animals and our skilled team of veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses are dedicated to providing the highest quality care for your animals.
Antoinette started nursing in 2003 and qualified in 2008. She joined us in February 2012 and is now one of our head nurses. She is a great clinical coach and a very caring nurse. She organises the nursing team to ensure operations run smoothly as well as ensuring the highest standard of care is maintained. Toni is also a pet health counselor and enjoys running the weight clinics. She has a rescue cat.
Sophia Courtney FDSc RVN
Sophia obtained her degree in 2014 and started at Barton Veterinary Hospital in December 2015. She is a clinical coach and our work experience coordinator, organising all students coming to see practice here. Her interests are CPR, inpatient care and she runs our senior clinic. She got Silver in her MiNurse Academy Clinical nurse practioner course. She owns two cats and particularly enjoys reading.
Claire Olcott RVN BA(Hons) MBVNA
Claire came to the Barton in September 2016 and completed her final year of veterinary nursing diploma here. She strives to give the best level of service to our clients and to give the best care to their beloved pets. She has an interest in any type of animals, whether home grown or very exotic! She volunteered for Vets Without Borders as a translator and completed a mahout/elephant handling and riding training course in India in 2014. Claire has three lovely children, one dog and two cats.
Rosie Shaw RVN
Rosie joined us in December 2012 after graduating. She particularly enjoys feline medicine and radiography. Rosie is a caring nurse and a great organiser. She owns three cats.
Rachel Lawrence RVN
Rachel had a career change from teaching. She first came to us as a work experience and joined the practice in October 2016 as a kennel assistant, determined to enter the nursing profession. Rachel owns five cats and would happily rescue all the strays brought to us.
Caroline McCormick-Clarke RVN
After a 28 year career in education, Caroline entered the veterinary industry in summer 2016, to follow her childhood dream to work with animals. She joined Barton Veterinary Hospital in January 2020, qualifying as an RVN one year later. Caroline especially enjoys anaesthesia & theatre (particularly orthopaedic & laparoscopic surgery), radiography & communicating with our clients. Her passion is feline veterinary nursing & she hopes to complete some big cat conservation work at some stage in the future. Caroline is also a student representative member of the RCVN Veterinary Nursing Education Committee. She shares her home with two much loved elderly rescue cats; one who has arthritis, chronic kidney disease & heart failure.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Kayleigh has been working in general practice since September 2017 and joined the team here at Barton Veterinary Hospital in August 2018, where she started her student veterinary nursing course. At home she has a bearded dragon, a fully stocked marine fish tank and a Husky.