Holders Hill

Veterinary Surgery

Care, Compassion and Commitment

Meet the Team at Holders Hill Vet Surgery

We believe that your pets deserve to receive the best treatment available, from vets they know and can rely on night and day, all year round.
Dr Phil Barr
Phil Barr qualified from Bristol University Vet School in 1991 and after a year in ‘exotic’ animal practice where he did his best to treat the odd monkey, meercat and crocodile, he made the move back to small animal practice (dogs, cats and other small pets).

He worked in several practices in the South East, eventually gaining a post-graduate RCVS qualification in Small Animal Medicine in 1998.

Phil joined Wood Street Veterinary Hospital and became a partner in 2001. Phil remains enthusiastic about all aspects of veterinary practice with special emphasis on medical investigation techniques such as ultrasound and endoscopy, as well as cardiology.

He is a member of the Veterinary Cardiovascular Society and the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology, and is an RCVS Advanced Practitioner (Small Animal Medicine).

At home Phil has a pair of lovely, if slightly naughty, cats as well as a wife and 2 small children to ensure his time is fully occupied!

Dr Clara Ballber
Clara graduated from Barcelona University in 2009.

She then worked for three years in small animal clinics and hospitals in Barcelona before moving to the UK where she began an internship in a referral hospital in Swindon, and then a second internship at the  University of Edinburgh, before joining the Wood Street Vet Hospital team.

Her main interests lie in internal medicine and emergency and critical care, and she is currently working towards a certificate in medicine to further develop these skills.

She has a dog called Trena,  a lovely Golden and Irish Setter cross.

Dr Rajat Mukherjee
Rajat  graduated from the Royal Veterinary College London in 2005 where he was awarded the Frank Townend Barton Award (small animal elective) upon graduation. He worked  in a Small Animal Hospital in Harrogate for a year before moving to Wood Street for 7 years. After a 2 year hiatus in the desert sands of Abu Dhabi working ina small animal hospital treating Tigers to Turtles, he joined Wood Street again in May 2016.

He is keenly interested in all aspects of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery and aims to provide the highest level of compassionate care to his patients by keeping abreast of the latest developments in this field. His current interests are Intensive and Emergency care, Local anaesthesia and Analgesia, Anaesthesia of Critically Ill patients, and Airway surgery in Brachycephalic Dogs.
 He holds the RCVS Certificate (Master's equivalent) in Veterinary Cardiology and is studying towards a further RCVS Certificate in Intensive Care/Emergency Medicine.  He also practices Veterinary Acupuncture and is a member of several international Veterinary Organisations. In 2014 he was nominated for UK PetPlan Vet of the Year.

In his spare time he enjoys reading, going to the gym, travelling, scuba diving and photography.

Dr Tony White

Tony White graduated from Bristol University in 1992 and has been at Wood Street since August of the same year.

Tony enjoys all aspects of veterinary work but is particularly interested in surgery.

Minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery is now used more and more at the hospital. Tony and the team have been performing diagnostic and therapeutic keyhole procedures, as well as routine operations such as spaying for 10 years now.

Tony’s other main focus is orthopaedic surgery and the hospital now performs a wide range of elective procedures and fracture repairs. Tony is an active member of the BVOA ESVOT (British and European Orthopaedic and Traumatology Associations) and attends many of their meetings.

Apart from work, Tony is kept busy by his wife , three children, and a large number of rescued animals. The current tally stands at eight  dogs,  seven cats, seven  horses and two ex battery chickens.  The work the hospital does for the RSPCA and a wife who works for them, makes accumulating waifs and strays rather easy.

What little time he has left is spent either cycling, running or ferrying his children around!