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Canterbury Sturry Rd Vets4Pets

Inside Pets at Home
Marshwood Close
Sturry Road

Telephone: 01227 477 990

Closed Now

Need emergency care? See out of hours information.

Opening Hours

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

Meet the team

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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 11 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. 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 Shahar Somer

Veterinary Surgeon


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Shahar graduated in 2014 in Kosice, after arriving in the UK he has been working in several small animal practicesin the Midlands & the Kent area.

Shahar's passion is surgery , both soft tissue & orthopaedic.

In 2019, after two years of hard study Shahar achieved a postgraduate certificate in small animal surgery. As well as surgical cases Shahar also enjoys working up complex medical cases.

At home Shahar is a loving Father to his two young children, three dogs & a guinea pig.



Dr Shay Yardeny

Veterinary Surgeon


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‘I had been dreaming of becoming a vet since young age, but my journey to actually becoming one was full of unexpected twists. I got my first degree In Biology and Nature Science and worked in IT for a while before finally taking the most important step of my life at the age of 36 and going to study Veterinary Medicine in Kosice, Slovakia. I graduated in 2018 and went back to my home country where I practiced as a vet for a year while volunteering in a local animal shelter.
In 2021 I finally made another dream come true and moved to the UK because I knew it was the best place to develop my skills as a vet, get the right experience and share my love for animals with others.
In my spare time, I love exploring new places with my wife Maria, travelling around the country, hiking and meeting new people, I am really looking forward to meeting all the pets and clients at Sturry Rd.’
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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 enjoy seaside walks in my spare time.

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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.

Miss Lucy James

Registered Veterinary Nurse


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Lucy is our newest recruit to the practice, joining us this year.

Lucy qualified in 2015 and has worked in first opinion practice but has spent the last year in a referral practice & is currently studying for her nursing anaesthesia certificate.

Her menagerie consists of two dogs, & two cats that take up most of her spare time especially as one is diabetic!

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Abbie Hubbard

Registered Veterinary Nurse


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‘Hi I’m Abbie, I registered as a Veterinary Nurse in July 2021 and have been working in the veterinary industry since 2016.
I particularly enjoy nurse consultations, caring and supporting your pets in any emergency, critical care situation they are faced with, and building professional yet friendly relationships with all of our lovely clients.
I enjoy spending my spare time with family and friends and love to continue to learn and broaden my knowledge in many different areas.
I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Vets4Pets Canterbury Sturry Rd family.

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.

Amanda Prescott


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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!

Juliet Bondzio


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Juliet (aka Jules) came to V4P's from 12 years in HR, having previously worked in a bookshop, a gym, a golf club and as a holiday rep in Kos.


She has 1 dog and 3 cats and is long term fostering her Aunt's 2 dogs so she's a bit of a soft touch! Don't ask her how she ended up with 29 guinea pigs!!


In her spare time she can be found at her cousin's fields lending a hand with the horses, ponies and chickens and in any left over time she's also very creative , knitting, crocheting and sewing. She is sporting one of her own hats in her picture.


Jules is very happy to be working for us and cannot wait until restrictions ease and she can actually make a fuss of all of your pets.

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!




  • Emergency cover
    Even if we are closed, we have your pet covered.
  • Operating Theatre
    An operating theatre with gaseous anaesthetic facility for surgical procedures.
  • Separate Cat & Dog Wards
    Separate cat and dog hospital wards, designed to ensure your pet is kept in a comfortably stress free environment.
  • Digital X-Ray
    Digital X ray equipment is available.

Show more services

  • Isolation Unit
    A special ward to care for animals with contagious diseases.
  • In house blood transfusions
    In house blood transfusions
  • Endoscopy
    An endoscope is a long tube connected to a light source and video camera that sends real time images to a television screen for viewing. Endoscopy is the use of an endoscope within internal structures and organs of the body. The endoscope can be inserted through natural openings such as the mouth, nose or rectum to reach the structure of interest.
  • Blood Pressure Monitor
    Used to measure the range of blood pressure as a preventative treatment to identify early signs of systemic hypertension.
  • Ultrasound
    Generates 2-D moving images of your pet’s internal organs at work.
  • Biochemistry
    Allows an assessment of the functionality of a patients organs.
  • Haematology
    Allows the assessment of a patient's blood and blood cells.
  • Electrolyte
    Enables the assessment of critical blood chemicals such as sodium and potassium.
  • In-house Laboratory
    A range of analytical tests and equipment to assist in the rapid diagnosis of illness.
  • X-Ray
    Generates digital 2D images of bones and internal organs.
  • X-Ray & Ultrasound
    X-Ray & Ultrasound
  • Weight Clinic
    Monitoring clinic to help dogs and cats achieve optimal weights – both if they have been under or overweight
  • Soft Tissue
    Surgical procedures involving the soft tissues such as ears and skin.
  • Prescriptions
    We can provide written prescriptions upon request.
  • Health Plans
    Designed to cover all the regular pet care essentials such as vaccinations and flea and worm prevention, whilst saving you money.
  • Pet Passport
    Trained Official Veterinarian vets to issue Pet Passports, Fit to Fly letters and rabies serology tests.
  • Nutritional Advice
    Advice and support for your pet's diet.
  • Nurse Clinic
    Appointments with a highly qualified nurse which can cover anything from nutrition and fitness advice, grooming techniques, to pet socialisation classes.
  • Medication
  • Locally Owned
    This practice is locally owned.
  • Hospital Ward
    Suite of custom-built kennels for the housing and monitoring of in-patients.
  • Ear Surgery
    Ear Surgery service is available to keep your pet free from any infections.
  • Chemotherapy
    Dogs and cats that receive chemotherapy feel normal the day they are given the drug.
  • Blood Transfusion
    Treats many critically ill cats and dogs and our pioneering blood donor programme helps keep them alive.
  • Anaesthetic
    General anaesthetic enables us to perform many procedures kindly and safely for your pet.
  • Dentistry
    The treatment and prevention of dental disease
  • Microchipping
    A microchip can help retrieve lost pets
  • Small Mammal Medicine and Surgery
    Small Mammal Medicine and Surgery
  • Rabbit Medicine and Testing
    Rabbit Medicine and Testing

Health Plans

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 Herne Bay
c/o Broadway Veterinary Centre
Unit 1, The Links

Telephone: 01227 470 033

Standard consultation fees start from £249.50.

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