We are a small animal practice in West Sussex. We are passionate about animal care and our skilled team of veterinarians and vet nurses are dedicated to providing the highest quality care for your animals. Because we love animals and strive to provide excellent continuity of care, we are open for routine consultations six days a week and offer our own 24-hour emergency care. For your added convenience, there’s free parking for clients at both our surgeries.
Karen is the clinical director at Farthings Veterinary Group. She graduated in 1996 from Cambridge University and has been here ever since. She enjoys the variety of veterinary work, getting to know clients and their animals (some of whom she has known for the whole of their lives). Her areas of interest include soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery and through continued training Karen is able to perform many procedures usually done at specialist referral practices. Nurse training has been part of Karen’s role for 20 years, ensuring the practice maintains its high standards and training practice status to enable us to continue employing and training local, enthusiastic and caring veterinary nurses. Karen also won the national award for employer of the year for apprenticeship training. When she manages to escape from work and when the dog isn’t broken she spends time walking or occasionally does agility with her mad dog Jess. She would rather travel to far flung places than ever stay still, has worked with orangutans, trekked gorillas, swam with sea lions and camped with hippos.
Toby Collen BVetMed MRCVS
Toby graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 2021 and joined the Farthings team soon thereafter. He is interested in all areas of veterinary work and particularly enjoys seeing our feline patients. At home he enjoys baking and spending time with his friends and family.
Siobhan Holden BVMSci (hons) MRCVS
Siobhan graduated from the University of Surrey Vet School in 2019 and joined Farthings soon after in July 2019. She enjoys all aspects of Veterinary work and enjoys socialising with her friends during her time off!
Chris Shepherd BVM&S Bsc(hons) MSc MRCVS
Chris qualified from Edinburgh in 2009 and has worked as far apart as Aberdeen and Australia. He's been back in this area for the last few years working with horses and joined Farthings Veterinary Group in 2021. He is particularly interested in managing lameness, heart problems and other issues that affect animals as they get older. Outside work Chris enjoys going for long walks with his dog, Minnie.