MOBILE VET TEAM
VET SURGEON TEAM
Dr Dan Forster BVSc (Hons) GPCert (SAM), (SAP), (B&PS), (Endo) MRCVS
Dr John Knight MRCVS
John qualified from Liverpool University in 2006 having grown up in rural Lincolnshire. He wanted to be a vet from a young age and had even persuaded his parents to allow him to keep a small flock of sheep.
After graduating he worked in the Yorkshire Dales for a few years in mixed practice before moving with his wife to the Island in 2009.
He lives with his wife Emily, their young daughters and a cat called Penny who owns the house! John is a member of the Apex church in Cowes and in his spare time enjoys DIY, spending time with his family and mountain biking around the island countryside.
In May 2015 John joined the Mobile vet, eager to provide a high standard of care and a compassionate service to his patients. It also allows him to spend more time with his young family and he enjoys being out on the road again.
Dr Bettina El Alami MRCVS
Bettina qualified from the Free University Berlin, Germany in 1991. She has served in the German Army as a veterinary officer, which included looking after the service dogs and some unusual mascots like a puma.
Almost 20 years ago she followed her doctor husband to England. Here her places of work have included the Vet School at the University of Nottingham, due to her special interest in veterinary public health – the relationship between animal and human health. She is also passionate about the importance of preventative healthcare for pets such as dental care, balanced nutrition and weight management.
Bettina lives in Carisbrooke, is married and mum to three children, a collie cross and a gecko. She moved to the Isle of Wight in 2010 and loves walks with her dog and horse riding in the beautiful countryside the island has to offer.
Dr Gilian Kelly MRCVS
VET NURSING TEAM
Kirsty Forster RVN
Catherine Chalkley RVN
Catherine is a very experienced veterinary nurse that has worked on the Island for many years. She very much enjoys walking her dog, Shep around the Island and further afield and has slotted into the Mobile Vet team exceptionally well. Her care & compassion to the animals is unrivalled. You may meet her both on reception, at the surgery and out and about in the mobile vehicles with the vets.
Dani Shepherd RVN
Di Eason RVN
Di started Vet nursing 32 years ago in her birth place Nottingham. She loves all aspects of vet nursing and enjoys never knowing what the day ahead will hold. Di has a particular interest in anaesthesia.
Di has a soft spot for Border Terriers and currently owns Bramble 16 and the recently acquired Sugar 12. She also keeps chickens and guinea pigs and her hobbies include walking, swimming and working on her small holding with her husband.
Lauren Wheeler Trainee Veterinary Nurse
Lauren has dreamt of becoming a veterinary nurse since the age of 8. She studied animal care at college, where she met our vet Bettina, who encouraged her to pursue her dream.
She enjoys riding, having two horses Rufus & Magpie (who is her favourite), as well as owning one dog Bruno and two cats
Jackie as the receptionist, is the first point of contact at the other end of the telephone. She has settled in very well; utilising her 16 years experience as a veterinary receptionist to full effect and can help out with any queries you may have. Jackie moved to the Island from Scotland in 1985 after graduating from St Andrews University. She has 3 grown up children and is owned by 4 cats and and is currently trying to improve her golf game, with minimal success (her words not mine!)
Pippa has lived on the island her whole life and has a true love for animals, especially dogs who keep her very busy!
Pippa has been nursing since 2010 after completing an Advanced National Certificate in Animal Management at Sparsholt College. She is often on the front desk and enjoys meeting and greeting the animals at the surgery.
In her spare time she enjoys walking her dogs, exercising, photography, charity work and in the summer can often be found attempting to master the art of paddle boarding!
Lin can usually be found on reception. She has lived on the Isle of Wight most of her life and became a
veterinary receptionist in 2010 after 18 years working with students in a high school. Lin loves animals and people, so she enjoys the variety of being on the front desk. As her children are now grown up, Lin spends much of her time walking her little boy Ollie (border terrier) in the west wight countryside. In her spare time Lin likes to attend live music events with her family and friends. She never misses the IW Festival!
Paul has recently joined us as our new practice manager. He grew up on the island and has over 25 years experience in administration, accounts, customer service, computers and retail. He’s been dropped in at the deep end and is looking forward to improving the practice even further!
Paul lives in Wootton with his wife Karen, little boy Daniel, who’s growing up fast and two guinea pigs. He’s a C-list celebrity, having met his wife on a speed dating walk and was interviewed by John Craven on Countryfile. In his small amount of spare time, he loves baking, photography and model railways of all sizes.