Our highly qualified and dedicated team of veterinary surgeons, nurses and support staff work at Southfields because of their love for animals. Our team has a wealth of experience and their aim is to treat you and your pet with the utmost care.
Our Team (and their pets!)
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Dr Verity Griffiths
BSc(Hons), MA, VetMB, GPCert(SAS), MRCVS
Verity qualified from the University of Cambridge after previously gaining a degree in Immunology from King’s College, University of London. Verity’s interests lie in all areas of surgery and emergency medicine having gained the GP Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2007. She has a keen interest in pain management and complements this with acupuncture alongside conventional medicine. Verity joined Southfield Veterinary Centre in 2002, became a partner in 2007 and then bought the business and took over sole charge in 2009. Verity’s pets include three Hungarian Vizslas. Holle is a rescue and the other two, Ruban and Ochre, are home bred and are both successful in the show ring. Ruban is worked throughout the shooting season and competes in working tests. In addition, she has Sika a Border Terrierist(!) and Quentin and Tobias her two cats.
Dr Rik Vanhoutteghem
DVM, CertVD, MRCVS
Rik joined Southfields in 2004 as an experienced veterinary surgeon. He enjoys all aspects of small animal practice with a particular interest in surgery, endoscopy and dermatology (the treatment of skin problems). After considerable post graduate study in dermatology Rik gained the Royal College Certificate in Veterinary Dermatology in 1996 which gives him the knowledge and expertise to treat skin conditions above and beyond those normally dealt with in first opinion practices. When not busy at work Rik is a keen runner, competing in 10k’s, half marathons and marathons. He also plays the cornet with Dorchester’s Durnovaria Silver band. In addition to these activities he finds time to spend with Evie his Jack Russell and Harvey his Labrador.
Dr Hilary Green
BVetMed, GPCert(SAM), PGCE, MRCVS
Hilary qualified from the London Veterinary School in 1979, and worked in Oxfordshire before coming to Dorset in 1980. Hilary has worked at Southfield since 1980 although in that time left for a while to have 3 children while also teaching part-time at Kingston Maurward College. Hilary gained her GP Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2008 and currently works at the practice 3 days per week. Hilary’s pets include Oscar the Border Terrier, Milton the Saluki cross who she rescued from Woodland Farm Strays and 11 year old Jack Sparrow the ginger Tom.
Dr Alice Moore
Alice joined the practice in 2002, she enjoys all types of all small animal cases and has particular interest in cat medicine. Alice has taken further qualifications in acupuncture and regularly treats cats and dogs with acupuncture at the surgery. Since having her three boys Alice works at the surgery two days per week. When not working or looking after her boys Alice competes in triathlons and half marathons in the local area. Alice has two cats Mrs Rex and Myles Icarus Bryher.
Dr Alexandra Best
MA(Hons), VetMB, MRCVS
Alex qualified from St Catherine’s College Cambridge in 2007 and worked in a mixed practice in Dorset before moving to Southfields in 2012 to pursue small animal work. Her main clinical interests include diagnostic imaging, cardiology, oncology and complicated medical cases. Out of work Alex spends her time singing both on stage in shows or in delivering solo recitals. Alex lives in Weymouth with her husband, their two dogs Harry a collie and Zephyr a labrador retriever and also Marni the cat.
Dr Jane Keogh
BVSC VetMFHom MRCVS
Jane qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Bristol University in 1982 and spent six years in mixed practice in Worcester and Dorset, before concentrating on small animal practice. Jane has had an interest in complementary medicine since her student days and she qualified in veterinary homeopathy in 1999 as one of only 50 veterinary surgeons to possess the qualification at that time. Jane is a partner in the teaching group Homeopathic Professionals Teaching Group (HPTC) and teaches homeopathy to vets in the UK and overseas, including Canada, Latvia, Australia and Japan. Jane has three Jack Russell Terriers, all of whom are rescue dogs Stig, Mildred and Basho.
Dr Holly Asquith-Barnes
BVetMed MEnvSci (Hons) MRCVS
Holly is the newest member of our team of vets. Holly has been a student at Southfield in recent years and as a result when she qualified we were very keen to have her on board. Holly is a mature graduate who studied at the Royal Veterinary College having previously gained a degree and worked both as an elephant keeper and as head keeper at monkey world. Holly’s interests lie in cardiology, animal behaviour and exotics.
Ali has been qualified as a veterinary nurse for over twenty years, but only joined Southfield Veterinary Centre in 2004. She has a keen interest in surgical nursing and is also known to supply the vets with much needed chocolate during long surgical procedures (when sterile and scrubbed up they can’t do it for themselves!). At home Ali cares for hedgehogs and has developed a huge knowledge about this area which we can tap into.
Charlotte first came to the practice for work experience whilst studying for her level 3 extended diploma in animal management at Kingston Maurward College. When a trainee nurse position became available she was an obvious choice having shown great dedication, care and interest in the animals she worked with. Charlotte qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2015. Within three weeks of being at the practice Charlotte had already taken home a stray cat named Ivy, who has become a much loved pet. In her spare time Charlotte enjoys running and athletics.
Anita joined Southfield Veterinary Centre in March 2016 and is completing her nursing training. Prior to joining Southfield Anita had worked in Veterinary practices since 2007 as both a Kennel Assistant and a Nursing Assistant. When Anita is not at work she enjoys keeping fit particularly walking and swimming, is a keen reader and enjoys spending time with her cat Ozzie.
Charlotte has been at Southfield Veterinary Centre since 1998 and works as a veterinary nurse associate. Her memory is invaluable to the ageing population of vets as she is able to recall pets, clients, incidents and everything with astounding accuracy. So far since the birth of her son Isaac there appears to be no reduction in the phenomenal talent! Isaac keeps her extremely busy, though she confesses a hatred of cooking, so once he’s able to switch on the oven, she will be delighted. Since the birth of her second son Oscar in September 2010, Charlotte is back to work after some very much needed maternity leave. Charlotte has two further sons to Isaac, Oscar and Felix. Having three sons has seemed to greatly improved Charlotte’s skills in multitasking. Charlotte and her family have one cat called Neville.
Having shown a keen interest in veterinary nursing when volunteering with us, Kristian joined us as a full time, permanent member of staff in March 2014 to undertake his nursing training. Kris grew up with animals and has many pets to care for at home, it therefore wasn’t too much of a culture shock for him joining Southfields. Previously having been a trained gas fitter and plumber there are certainly a few jobs around the place that we will be using his handy skills for, we know for a fact that Rik is happy to have another man about the place.
MA, Dip BA
Philippa joined Southfields in 2015 having previously worked as a Senior Manager in the Health and Social Care sectors for many years. Philippa’s role encompasses the day to day running of the practice including Health and Safety and HR and all the Business Developmental aspects of the Practice. When not at work Philippa enjoys singing and playing her guitar, sailing (only in Mediterranean sunshine) and walking her dogs Holle, Ruban and Ochre the Hungarian Vizsla’s and Sika the Border Terrier. Philippa also has two cats Quentin and Tobias.
Becky joined the practice in 2010. As a theatre assistant Becky has an invaluable role behind the scenes organising equipment in theatre, keeping order in the kennels, consulting rooms and prep room. She helps to look after our patients whether they are in for a day operation or staying in the hospital. Outside of work Becky has a dream to become a HGV driver and to own a classic mini, to restore to its original form. She also has an interest in sheep, currently helping her grandad with his small hold and she also co-owns a ewe and a heifer.
Camilla joined Southfields Veterinary Centre in June 2015. She has a number of varied tasks in her remit that support both the front of house at the reception and also help with the kennels and cattery at the back of the surgery. Camilla completed a level 3 Animal Management qualification and worked at an animal rescue centre for two years prior to joining the practice. When not working or studying Camilla loves to cook and she also has a passion for textiles and sewing, she also enjoys spending time with her ‘nutty’ rescued Dachshund.
Nicole joined the practice in 2004 as our accounts manager. She is a vital part of the team managing everything from VAT to invoices to accounts and most things in between. When not at work Nicole is busy at home with her two children and her dog, Doogly. Nicole is famed for her cake making, look out for them at practice open days.
Msc MCSP, HPC
Lizzie joined the team as a veterinary physiotherapist. She is a human physiotherapist who also obtained a Masters degree in veterinary physiotherapy at the Royal Veterinary College. In her spare time Lizzie enjoys outdoor activities such as skiing, horse riding and kite surfing.
Cheri joined the practice as a receptionist in July 2014. Coming from a background in hospitality Cheri is in her element helping clients at reception. At home Cheri has three lovely cats Lola, Barney and Thelma and enjoys playing badminton, going to the cinema and has a talent for cross stitch.
Martin has been working as a receptionist at Southfield Veterinary Centre since March 2016. Prior to working with us Martin had been a clinical support worker with children in the community for 11 years. Martin enjoys keeping fit and often runs up to 10k, attends the gym and plays Rugby for his local team.
Martin also enjoys walking his two dogs Toby the Border Terrier and Max the German Shepherd… not to forget Oscar the cat at home.