Dr. Joanne Barker
Owner & Veterinary Surgeon
Hi, I'm Jo Barker, Joint Venture Partner at Catterick Vets4Pets.
I qualified from the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College, University of Edinburgh in 1999. I spent my early years as a vet in mixed practice in Stokesley, a small market town in North Yorkshire where I gained masses of experience in all aspects of veterinary medicine and surgery, from calving cows to operating on chinchillas! I moved into full time small animal work four years ago, and this allowed me to pursue my interests in ultrasonography and small animal cardiology.
At home my family pets are a beautiful cat and two little guinea pigs. Eventually I would love to get a border terrier to add to the family.
Outside work I like to cook Italian food. I love gardening and try to grow veg that I can use in my favourite recipes. I also enjoy going to the cinema, reading the odd novel, and I have occasionally been seen on my bike!
I decided to open Vets4Pets Catterick because I felt that my experience had given me the confidence to strike out on my own, and because I felt that I could provide the people of Catterick with the kind of practice they really need and deserve. It is hugely important to me that we have a "whole family" approach to caring for our pets. I love to engage with children and help them to care for their pets in a responsible way. I have a son myself and my family are my world. As a client you can rest assured that my team and I will treat your pet exactly as we would treat our own! My new team at Catterick are all so motivated to provide exceptional quality veterinary care, and I am so proud to work with all of them.