Cara qualified as a vet in Edinburgh in 1995 and was immediately recruited to work in a small animal referral practice in Yorkshire, where the partners were specializing in orthopaedics and cardiology. Her particular interest in surgery had started several years earlier, when she joined a specialist team in Canada for several months. She purposely chose to go to a referral practice where her interest in soft tissue surgery could be advanced, and which would complement the practice. Cara spent 5 years in Yorkshire, learning a great deal, and had nearly completed her Certificate in Small Animal Surgery when she took a year off to race a yacht in a circumnavigation of the world.
On her return, she initially did locum work and after several months started to work for the Harbour Vet Group in Portsmouth, which gave her the opportunity to both work and sail. Initially she was based at the Havant branch for 4½ years after which she took over the Southsea branch, which she ran for over 5 years, gaining many friends along the way.
She continued her interest in surgery, seeing both first and second opinion cases, mainly in soft tissue surgery, with some orthopaedics. She also undertook further training in opthalmology. She has kept up to date in all aspects of Small Animal medicine and surgery.
Cara lives locally with her partner, Martin, who is also the business director at the practice. They have 2 rescue cats and have now also adopted 'Honey', aka The Honey Monster. Honey is an English Mastiff x, who came into the practice to be put to sleep due to a marriage breakup, and was then fostered whilst trying to find her a new home. This plan was abandoned when she managed to worm her way directly into everyone's affections and she now lives the life of Riley, although is always on standby as a potential blood donor. She is usually in the practice somewhere, lolloping around and making everyone smile.
Whilst always wanting to offer and supply the most up to date techniques and potential treatments, Cara is a great believer in 'quality first' for most aspects of life. Her intention is to always give the client the moral and ethical options available, for them to make an informed decision regarding further treatment.
Luke qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 2011 from the University of Liverpool, and since then has worked at several practices in the North of England before coming to work at Whiteley.
Prior to becoming a vet, Luke qualified as a veterinary nurse from the University of Bristol with a BSc degree in veterinary nursing and practice administration. He worked in referral practice for 1 year before returning to university in 2007 for his vet training.
Luke is originally from Lower Swanwick and went to Brookfield Secondary School before going to Sparsholt Agricultural College after completing his GCSE'S. Whilst at Sparsholt, Luke developed a keen interest in small animals, fish and exotics. This interest continued throughout university and has progressed throughout his career as a vet. When Luke is not working, he's often looking after his collection of exotic pets. These include 4 tortoises, a kakariki, 2 rabbits, an axolotl, a fire bellied toad and of course Bob (Westie x Cairn Terrier - his only 'normal' pet lol).
Luke has many veterinary interests however his main ones include:
Feline and canine medicine Poultry medicine Exotics - reptiles, amphibians and ferrets/rabbits etc Fish medicine Canine and feline dentistry. Dermatology
At present, Luke is working towards a management certificate in advanced fish keeping and husbandry. He aims to be working towards a Certificate in Exotics and then also in Dermatology in next few years. Outside of work, Luke is a keen angler, gym goer, photographer, gardener, home brewer and painter of model soldiers. Luke is looking forwards to taking an active role within the practice, and in particular our more exotic patients. Please feel free to contact Luke (via the normal number) with any exotic pet enquiries.
Alex knew from a young age that she wanted to be a vet, and after school spent a year doing an Equine Business Management course in Wales and milking cows in her spare time. She then went on to qualify from University of Liverpool Vet School in 2009, and started working in small animal practice.
Initially working in the Midlands at some busy first opinion practices, she was lured down south by her best friend from vet school and hasn't looked back since.
After a stint of locum work to benefit from seeing all the sites from Dorset to Dover, she worked at a sole charge practice in Botley for several years and enjoyed growing the business and her client base. She has moved over to Whiteley Vets to be able to progress her skills in surgery and medicine, and begin work towards a certificate. She enjoys all aspects of the job, from the puppy cuddles to the emergency cases.
Alex and her partner Sam live in Warsash, and can usually be found sailing in some form or another in their free time, be it racing with teams in the Solent or somewhere more exotic, or pootling around in their dinghy. They have two seafaring Schnauzers, Tacitus and Pellonia, and a one eyed cat who prefers dry land
Rachel joined us in September to lead our nursing team, having previously had the senior role at a clinic in Basingstoke. Rachel has been nursing for many years, having qualified from MYF in 2009.
She is interested in all aspects of nursing and maintaining excellence in patient care. To this aim, she is also completing her Certificate in Emergency and Critical care, adding in depth theory to back her practical skills.
Out of work, Rachel has a plethora of fur children, including a JRT, 2 cats and multiple ferrets which she shows and attends PR events to raise awareness for local charities.
Jenny joined us in mid 2016 as a final year student nurse and is progressing quickly towards attaining her degree in Vet Nursing, after which time she will be joining us as a full time member of staff as a junior RVN. Jenny is from Romsey originally, and whilst she has remained in Hampshire, she has travelled fairly extensively. In April, she will be going to spend 2 weeks in Africa at a wildlife conservation and rehabilitation centre which she is very much looking forwards to.
At home, Jenny has 2 dogs, Pickles and Smudge, and has had a variety of other furry family members in the past.
Hannah has joined us as an ANA, ready to progress on to doing her Diploma in Vet Nursing in the future.
Until now, she has been working with nursery children before realizing that her real passion is with the four legged fur children, and swopped over to continue her training with us. She will be backing up the RVNs and assisting in all areas of the practice, whilst learning everything she can to provide the best care possible.
Hannah currently has 2 cats and a rabbit, and enjoys an active social life.
Our reception team is led by our Head Receptionist Kate Woolley. Kate also performs the role of Cara's PA.
Kate has a wealth of experience in veterinary reception, having been a vet receptionist for many years in an independent Fareham based veterinary surgery. Prior to this, she was the PA to a retail company director.
Kate has a passion for all animals which is equally matched by her passion for Customer Service. Kate's ethos is to provide the highest quality customer experience for all of our clients, whilst our veterinary team do likewise for our patients. The extensive experience that Kate has gained allows her to add real value to clients, be that from your initial telephone call to us, your arrival at the practice prior to veterinary consultation, arranging repeat prescriptions to filling required prescriptions - or woe betide, spotting that urgent case coming in which needs to be prioritised and informing the veterinary staff.
Kate also lives locally with her husband 'Bob'. They have 3 children and also grandchildren - several of whom have helped us enormously in the early days of the practice. Kate and Bob have 2 dogs and 7 cats - and of course, 'Grumpy', the tortoise who's an astonishing 69 years old.
Another key member of our reception team is Ellen Waldren. Ellen also has a love for all animals, and outside of her work hours, Ellen participates in a considerable amount of wildlife charity work. Like Kate, Ellen also possesses a very high level of reception skills, and we are delighted to have such a committed, professional, and customer focused reception team. Ellen works evenings usually, and some Saturday mornings, but is always to be found with a cheery smile.
You can be guaranteed a very warm welcome from both Kate and Ellen, whenever you contact us.
Charlotte has spent most of her career to date working in the human hospitality industry, however has always wanted to work in a veterinary environment. With her wealth of people experience, she has joined our reception team, assisting Kate and Ellen in the afternoons and evenings.
Charlotte is learning fast and with her can-do attitude, we're sure that she'll be up to speed with questions in the very near future.
At home, Charlotte is honoured to be the servant for her Ragdoll, Blue, who rules the roost in standard Ragdoll fashion
Our 2nd morning receptionist and Cara's morning coffee provider, Hayley is always bright and breezy, welcoming the early birds into the practice. She has actually been in and out of the practice since before it opened, as she is one of Bob and Kate Woolley's daughters and remembers the clinic as an open plan mortgage centre prior to it's conversion.
When Hayley's not at work, she has her hands full with 3 human sons and 'Marmite', her very demanding but gorgeous diva of a jet black tomcat. Marmite is a regular visitor here too - he certainly keeps Hayley busy.