Small Animal - More Information


St Boniface Vets have evolved over 65 years into a 15 vet mixed practice whose vets all have special areas of interest.  Aiming for friendly professionalism and approachability, we offer a personal service with high standards of care.

The small animal veterinary team consists of Marie Kemmish, Ben Dart, Emma James, Jane White, Clare Smith, Kate Lethbridge, Danielle Priestley and Hattie Algar; who are routinely engaged in small animal work.  To view their profiles, please click here.

Our Registered Veterinary Nurses are Sarah, Sadie, Sammi, Leanne and Deanna and Student Nurse Grace.  Abi is our Animal Nursing Assistant, she assists the veterinary team with cleaning, handling and care of animals pre & post op.

We also have a night RVN, Alice. She works alongside the night vet to care for hospitalised patients and deal with emergencies as they arise.

To read more about our nurses and their interests, please click the link - nursing team.

The practice has invested in quality diagnostic equipment to allow rapid and accurate identification of problems. We are also committed to minimally invasive surgery and investigation, so that where a procedure is essential, the impact on the pet is reduced.


  • Ultrasound – Imaging of soft tissues – particularily good at identifying pregnancies, bladder problems, abdominal tumours and heart disease.
  • Digital Radiography (xrays) – Very useful for looking at bones, chests and abdomens.
  • Rigid endoscopy – Allows us to scope (put a camera into) nasal passages, throats and windpipes. The scope can also be used to look inside bladders and the abdomen.
  • Flexible endoscopy – Allows us to put a camera into the gastro-intestinal tract and the respiratory tract in order to take samples, look for lesions and remove foreign bodies without the need for invasive surgery.
  • Laparoscopy – Keyhole abdominal surgery – this allows a surgeon to view organs in the abdomen directly and to sample them if appropriate. Laparoscopic surgery is less invasive and can give better, safer access to areas of the abdomen than conventional open surgery.
  • Neutering – Including keyhole neutering in bitches (laparoscopic spey)
  • Dental work – In a dedicated theatre
  • Physiotherapy – Land and water based
  • Acupuncture - A treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine. Fine needles are inserted at certain sites in the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes.
  • Cat and dog wards – Kept separate to help reduce stress for inpatients
  • Soft tissue surgery – For example removal of lumps, correction of physical abnormalities and repair of wounds
  • Orthopaedic surgery – Repair of some fractures
  • Out of hours - 24/7 emergency service and hospitalisation
  • RCVS tier 2 accreditation