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.
Katherine Gist VetMB MA MRCVS
After graduating from Cambridge University in June 2015, Katherine worked as a locum vet in a small animal practice on the south coast over the summer before heading off to do charity work in clinics in Fiji and the Cook Islands. Katherine joined Farthings in January 2016 and she is interested in all aspects of small animal medicine and soft tissue surgery. In her spare time she enjoys playing lacrosse and riding.
Fotis Grigoriadis DVM GPCert (SAS) MRCVS
Fotis graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece in March 2012 and started volunteering in a small animal referral practice to gain experience and enhance his skills. Soon he was offered a permanent position and continued working there until deciding to move to the UK. Here he got a temporary position in a small animal practice on the south coast to cover a maternity leave before joining Farthings in September 2015. In 2018 Fotis gained the Royal College certificate in small animal surgery. On days off he enjoys cooking Mediterranean recipes for his friends and going to the cinema.
Howard Johnson BVSc MRCVS
Howard graduated from Bristol University in 2017 and joined Farthings soon after. He particularly enjoys small animal medicine. In his spare time he enjoys playing football and other sports.
Gabriella Santoro BVetMed MRCVS
Gabby joined Farthings Veterinary Group in the summer of 2017 after graduating from the Royal Veterinary College earlier that year. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine with a special interest in emergency and critical care. Gabby lives in Surrey with her rescue dog, Alan, who keeps her company during nights on-call.
Lauren Smart BVSc MRCVS
Lauren graduated from Liverpool University in July 2018. She then went travelling around Asia for a couple of months and spent some time volunteering at an animal shelter where she did a neutering clinic. Lauren joined Farthings Vets in September 2018 and enjoys all aspects of clinical work. In her spare time she enjoys walking and playing with her crazy English Springer Spaniel or going on a run with friends.
Louise Smith BVSc CertSAM MRCVS
Louise graduated in 2006 from Bristol University and joined Farthings shortly afterwards. She has a particular interest in abdominal ultrasonography and investigating the more challenging medical cases that we see. In 2011 she gained the Royal College Certificate in small animal medicine. Louise now works part-time as she has a young daughter and enjoys splitting her time between being a vet and a mum. She and her husband also share their lives with Fizz the troublesome Terrier, Guinness an elderly black cat and two friendly chickens.