Introducing our new Clinical Director Pete van Dongen

As we prepare to say goodbye to Louise and Andrew Ketteridge, it’s our pleasure to introduce the newest member of the Oak Barn Vet team – our new clinical director Pete van Dongen.

Pete isn’t completely new to Oak Barn. His partner is our vet Rimante Butkute and we’re sure she’s told him lots of great things about us.

Now it’s our turn to find out more about him!

Pete van Dongen qualified from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, State University of Utrecht, in The Netherlands, in 1990. He obtained his RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Radiology in 1996 and has been a CRI (Canine Rehabilitation Institute) Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist since 2014.

Pete has spent 30 years in general small animal practice in the UK, with a strong interest in radiology and orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery. Over the last 12 years he developed an interest in Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, leading to his latest qualification. He also practices Western Acupuncture. He spent many years as Clinical Director and Lead Vet in a large primary care vet practice, as well as at the world-renowned Fitzpatrick Referrals and a large hospital practice, before joining Oak Barn Vets.

In the past Pete has been an avid Dog Agility competitor, judge and instructor, as well as being the British Team Vet for the Agility World Championships for 9 years running. Nowadays he tries to stay fit by doing triathlons, running and swimming, and he enjoys cooking, drawing, and mainly travelling around the world, often for charity challenges.

He lives with fiancée Rimante, as well as 6-year-old Ginger cat Rocky. Newest family member Spike, a Parson Russell Terrier puppy, is on its way!

We’re sure you’ll welcome Pete with open arms and make him feel part of the Oak Barn Family and a valued member of the Oak Barn veterinary team very much alongside Claire, Rimante and Charlotte; all of whom are dedicated to the very best care for our clients and their pets.