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Canterbury Sturry Rd Vets4Pets

Inside Pets at Home
Marshwood Close
Sturry Road

Telephone: 01227 477 990

Open Today 09:00 - 19:00

Opening Hours

  • Monday  - 
  • Tuesday  - 
  • Wednesday  - 
  • Thursday  - 
  • Friday  - 
  • Saturday  - 
  • Sunday Closed

Meet the team

Craig Mitchell

Craig Mitchell

Practice Owner & Veterinary Surgeon


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Vet and owner working together for a common goal - giving your pet the longest, happiest and healthiest life possible.” I graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2009 where I achieved a pass with distinction in small animal, large animal and equine studies. I was originally born in Essex (but don’t let that put you off!) and moved to the beautiful county of Kent with my partner Amy after graduating from vet school. I have worked locally around Canterbury for the last 6 years. My team is well established and we have worked well as a close group of friends and colleagues for the last 2 1/2 years before setting up the practice. I own a rescue dog called Alfie and rabbit named Yoda! As a pet owner I understand that every pet is a much loved member of the family and I treat every patient as such. In my spare time I enjoy country walks and putting my feet up in front of the TV with a takeaway!

Dr Emily Smith

Veterinary Surgeon


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graduated from Cambridge University in 2016 and after a short summer off to recuperate , I entered mixed practice. I soon felt I'd done my fair share of wrestling with cattle, sheep & horses who all seemed to be plotting new & imaginitive ways to squash , kick & cover me in something unmentionable. I quickly found my love of small animal medicine and really enjoy spending time in the consult room getting to know people & their furry family members. I have been working with Craig & Shelly & the vets4pets team since July 2017 & really do feel priviliged to be able to work with such a great bunch of people. I have a particular interest in internal medicine , imaging & behaviour. When I'm not at work i'm usually home with my menagerie of animals; 2 horses, chickens, pigeons & my lovely (and very naughty) rescue dog casper... aka Mr Schnuckles.
Shelly Thorne

Shelly Thorne

Practice Owner & Registered Veterinary Nurse


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We are a small family feel team so you’ll be sure to see the same faces each time – not only is this good for continuity of care but we really get to know you and your pets! It’s hard to believe I have been a qualified nurse for 22 years! Time really does fly when you’re having fun! I have worked in several practices including a referral hospital as head nurse and more recently at Companion Care in Wincheap.I am now looking forward to a new challenge as joint partner at the Vets4Pets Canterbury Sturry Road surgery. Many of our existing clients are people we have known for years and appreciate the core values we stand for – compassion, integrity and transparency. We are looking to extend our “family” of clients and reach out to the local community as a whole! I have 2 bouncy dogs, Freddie and Mabel that keep me busy whenever I am not working!

Felicity West

Registered Veterinary Nurse


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“Providing high standards of care for you and your pet is my number one priority” Hi I'm Felicity. I have worked with Shelly for over 20 years so I am thrilled to be part of this exciting new practice! Since qualifying in 1998 I have worked within various referral disciplines giving me vast experience in all aspects of veterinary care – medical nursing is my passion! I also work closely with “pets as therapy” charity. I am a mum to two children and have Jeffrey, my 12 year old (tail-less!) rescue cat and bubbles the guinea pig.

Viki Gething

Registered Veterinary Nurse


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“Our recommendations have your pets best interests at heart. We’re there to help because we care.” I've been a veterinary nurse for nearly ten years. During this time I have worked all over England and even spent time in Australia where I cared for possums, echidnas and kangaroos! I have decided to take a break from travelling and concentrate on the more common species we share our homes with! When I'm not working I'm usually spending time with my mischievous pet Monkey…(He's a cat!)

Ellie Matanle

Registered Veterinary Nurse

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Working with animals has always been my passion, but I have a special place in my heart for our feline friends. I have been working in a Veterinary Surgery since 1998 where I initially met & worked with Shelly & Felicity . Shelly helped with my Vet Nurse training and to qualify in 2002. I absolutely love all animals but I have a special interest in cats & am known as the cat whisperer here at Sturry Road, meow! I enjoy training student nurses and am currently mentoring Jade as she trains for her qualification as a Veterinary Nursing Assistant. I love working with all the team here and providing a fantastic service for all the lovely pets that visit us.

Jade Arlott

Veterinary Care Assistant

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I have always wanted to work with animals since I was a child, I initially started working at Vets4pets as a volunteer enabling me to complete my Veterinary Care Assistant qualification in my spare time. I was over the moon when I was offered a permanent postion at the practice, as I love being part of the Sturry Road Team, who have made me feel really welcome and helped me start the journey of my Veterinary career. My caring, friendly nature means I find it really rewarding helping to take care of the animals at Vets4Pets and forming professional relationships with their owners In my spare time I enjoy walking my two black labradors Gem & CJ, and Gem has helped save lives on several occasions as she is a blood donor dog for the practice.



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“A friendly face connecting you to the highest standards of veterinary care ” I have been a veterinary receptionist for the last 4 years and an employee of Pets at Home for 5 year prior. I love getting to know owners and their pets and helping in any way I can. Recently I have been nominated for the prestigious award of Petplans “Receptionist of the year”. My partner and I own a cute little Yorkshire terrier who we rescued called Lily. In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit and making Victoria sponges for cake sales!

Vets4Pets Canterbury Sturry Road is committed to bringing you affordable, high quality care via a modern, well equipped practice, including a lab, pharmacy, digital x-ray and ultrasound. Plus, on site car parking too!

The friendly team can't wait to meet all of their new clients!



  • Emergency cover
    Even if we are closed, we have your pet covered.
  • Operating Theatre
    An operating theatre with gaseous anaesthetic facility for surgical procedures.
  • Digital X-Ray
    Digital X ray equipment is available.
  • Biochemistry
    Allows an assessment of the functionality of a patients organs.

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  • In-house Laboratory
    A range of analytical tests and equipment to assist in the rapid diagnosis of illness.
  • Dentistry
    The treatment and prevention of dental disease

Health Plans

Starter pack protection

Best Start in Life

Our Best Start in Life starter pack includes everything they'll need from a veterinary perspective to grow up happy and healthy, from a microchip to their first vaccinations.
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Health Plan

Complete Care

From £8 a month
Complete peace of mind
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Health Plan

Complete Care Senior

From £17
A complete care plan for your 7+ year old pet's continued good health
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Health Plans

Flea & Worm Pack

Protect your pet and your pocket!
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Health Plan


Just £99
Vac4Life is a preventative plan following primary vaccinations

Out of hours

Vets Now Canterbury
Barton Veterinary Hospital
34 New Dover Road

Telephone: 01227 470 033

Standard Consultation Before 9pm: £173 After 9pm: £223

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