Meet the Team
The team at Oak Barn Vets are always keen to meet you and your pets. We get to know so much about you – now it’s time to find out about us!
Dr Pete van Dongen - Clinical Director, DVM, CertVR, MRCVS, CCRT,
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, also a vet here at Oak Barn, as well as 6-year-old Ginger cat Rocky and Parson Russell Terrier Spike.
Dr Claire Madgwick - BSc (Hons) BVMedSci BVM BVS BSAVA PGCertSAS MRCVS
Claire has lived in Surrey most of her life and qualified as a Vet from the University of Nottingham in 2012 after first completing an undergraduate degree at the Royal Veterinary College in London. She returned to Surrey following her degree to pursue working as a companion animal vet. Claire enjoys all veterinary work but her passion lies with surgery and was awarded a merit on completion of the BSAVA Small Animal Surgery certificate in 2018.
Claire and her husband would love to find the right pet to adopt but their wanderlust for travel and her husband’s expensive taste in guitars seem to keep pushing this back! In her spare time she loves to find adventures abroad and has ticked off bucket list items such as sky diving in Australia, flying in a helicopter to relocate Wildebeest in South Africa, walking Inca trails in Peru to Machu Picchu and climbing the Great Wall of China. Other than planning her next adventure, she likes to work on crafts such as furniture up-cycling, paper cutting and painting, and 15 years from starting, she is still trying (and failing) to look good riding a snowboard.
Charlotte Roynane - BVetMed, MRCVS
Charlotte qualified from The Royal Veterinary College in 2012. She has worked with small companion animals in Surrey ever since. Charlotte was the Lead Veterinary Surgeon of a small town practice before deciding to join the Oak Barn family with the excitement of growing her medical and imaging skills!
Charlotte has always enjoyed Internal Medicine and is often found with her nose in a book or digging into a scientific paper. With this passion in mind, Charlotte completed the BSAVA Postgraduate Certificate in Small Animal Internal Medicine in 2019.
Charlottes favourite animal in the world is a pug! Whenever she is out of work, you will see her little pug, Mabel, glued to her side. She has been vetting for a Pug Welfare charity for a number of years and their cheeky snuffle cuddles are the highlight of her day!
Charlotte and her husband (and queen of the manor – Mabel!) live in a little village in Surrey. Charlotte enjoys cooking, holidays, long country walks and a pub lunch next to a cosy fire!”
Dr Rimante Butkute - BVM, MRCVS
Rimante studied veterinary medicine in Kaunas, Lithuania. As part of her studies, during her last year in Vet School, she spent 3 months in the UK, doing her training under the Erasmus Programme.
After qualifying as a veterinary surgeon she subsequently started working in a busy small animal practice in Klaipeda, Lithuania. She also did some wildlife work, whilst there.
After couple of years she decided to come back to the UK. Whilst working in large and busy small animal hospitals, she developed a strong interest in surgery, especially soft tissue surgery. Initially she lived and worked in Kent, but after a while she decided to taste some countryside and moved to Surrey.
Rimante decided to follow her dream and deepen her surgical knowledge whilst doing an internship. Recently she finished a one-year long Internship in Soft Tissue Surgery and Surgical Oncology at Fitzpatrick Referrals, Surrey. She enjoyed working in this purpose built, world renowned animal cancer hospital and gained a lot of experience in dealing with four legged cancer patients.
In her free time she enjoys travel photography, tasting different cuisines and is always ready for adventures. Together with her fiancé (who is also a vet!) she shares her home with a ginger cat called Rocky. And they are soon getting a puppy!
Her dream is to visit Australia and Africa and to work with wildlife once again. One day!
Kerrie Oakley - Veterinary Physiotherapist
Kerrie began working within the veterinary industry in 2001, originally as a Registered Veterinary Nurse. During this time Kerrie worked in various practices specialising in small animal, livestock and orthopaedic referral.
In 2008 Kerrie made the transition into teaching and lectured and trained Veterinary Nursing students as well as taught specialist subjects to the Animal Science division at a local Agricultural College. While teaching Kerrie obtained a teaching qualification from Portsmouth University.
In 2012 Kerrie decided to go back into education and studied veterinary physiotherapy qualifying in 2014. Kerrie has been treating a range of animals from dogs, horses to livestock since and decided this clearly wasn’t enough, so recently went on to study further in Canine Hydrotherapy!
Kerrie has a keen interest in pain management and kinesiology (how things move!).
Rachel Thompson, RVN - Practice Manager
Hi, my name is Rachel and I am the Practice Manager at Oak Barn Vets. After a few years working as a qualified Veterinary Nurse here at the barn, I made the move in to a more administrative role and have now moved away from the nursing side of practice and in to the office.
After my time studying Marketing Management at university, I decided to follow my heart and entered the world of small animal practice.
I started nursing in 2002 and fell in love with the job. I qualified in 2007 and have been in practice ever since.
I live in a small village nestled in the Surrey Hills with my family, husband – Mark, and 2 young children (Isabelle and Joshua). We have our crazy dog “Sweep” a working cocker spaniel.
I enjoy spending time being active outdoors – from walks in the countryside to skiing in the mountains. As a family we love to explore new places by the sea and go on road trips in our camper van.
Karen Stiles - Head Nurse, RVN
My name is Karen, I’m a qualified veterinary Nurse. I started nursing in 1999, I have mainly worked in small animal practices during my nursing years but have also experienced working in an equine practice for a year and spent some years in a mixed practice which included farm, equine, domestic and exotic animals.
I have far too many animals of my own which include Lucy (Horse), Gordon (Dog), Chunk (Cat), Daphne & Taufel (Tortoises).
I enjoy travelling and spend my spare time out riding and walking the dog or sitting down with a good fictional book.
Hazel Verden, RVN
I am a qualified veterinary nurse. I have been nursing for 21 years mainly in mixed animal practices including a wide variety of exotic animals. For the last 8 years I have been nursing in an emergency and out of hours clinic covering 11 practices.
I live in Cranleigh with my family, husband (John), daughters (Ella and Maddie), Border terrier (Teasel) and guinea pig (Mable). In the little spare time that I have we enjoy travelling, socialising, keeping fit which includes long walks in the hills with Teasel.
Katie Ayling-Ditton, RVN
Hi, my name is Katie and I’m a qualified Veterinary Nurse. I started nursing in 1996 and qualified in 2003. I currently live in the Surrey hills with my Husband Mark but have previously worked for charitable, companion and large animal practices from London to Devon.
I enjoy working with and caring for all animals but have a particular soft spot for cats due to a special 21-year relationship with an amazing feline individual called Riddick.
In my spare time you’ll find me either on my long board, in the garden, in the sea, listening to music or watching a good film.
Katie Clarke, RVN
Hi, my name is Katie.
I started my career working with various animals for a charitable organisation before moving into equine veterinary practice in 2012 and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2017.
I enjoy exploring new places, spending time with friends and family and losing myself in countryside, either with my little Jack Russell, Midge or on horseback with my horse Billy.
Florence Colver, RVN
Hi my name is Flo! I am a Student nurse who has been studying for my qualification for 2 years. I am really enjoying learning at Oak Barn and hoping to become a fully qualified RVN by the end of 2020.
I love working with all types of animal, in particular exotics, and am interested to see where my career takes me in the future.
In my spare time I enjoy dancing, walking and spending time with my family and friends as well as looking after my lovely chickens.
Megan McMillan, SVN
I hate talking about myself so sorry its short and sweet
Hi, my name is Megan and I’m trainee veterinary nurse. From a young age I was passionate about animals, then when I went to college at Merrist Wood and felll in love working with animals.
I have lived in Surrey all my life with my pets. I have a naughty Hungarian Vizla (Scarlett) and a cheeky cat(lu lu) that rules the house between them. We Love taking Scarlett for long walks, but the little princess does love her bed and will refuse to get out sometimes.
In my spare time I love travelling, doing new things, spending time with friends and family, or curled up watching a film.
Sophia Hoyland, SVN
Hi, I’m Sophia! I am training to become a registered veterinary nurse and have completed two years of university at Harper Adams so far. I have always wanted to work with animals, so it’s exciting to be on this journey. In fact, Oak Barn was the first practice I came to for work experience, while in secondary school, where I fell in love with the profession. I have a keen interest in behaviour as well as physiotherapy, which is great now that the Wellness Centre is up and running.
I have a handsome 12-year-old Border Collie called Merlin, who loves to play and chase squirrels; there never too many toys to play with! Aside from hanging out with Merlin, I like to relax with my family and friends, go on day trips out to everywhere and anywhere and enjoy a good shopping trip… If it includes food.
Toni Bates, Receptionist
I have been working at the barn on reception for 6 years now. Before that I worked with horses on a variety of yards.
My spare time is spent walking or running with my very energetic dog Zeta who is a saluki, and trying to cuddle my rescue cat Simba!
Rosie Gordon, Receptionist
I studied at Merrist Wood College where I gained my Diploma in Animal Care. I then spent two years working in a large pet store where I dealt with a variety of domestic animals, from cats and dogs to reptiles and fish.
In my spare time, I love walking my dogs (Monty & Humphrey) around the beautiful Surrey countryside, as well as spending time with my Dutch rabbit (Marley), two guinea pigs (Tilly & Matilda), my Syrian hamster (Milo) and my Chinese dwarf hamster (Minnie). I also enjoy reading, cooking and spending time with my friends.