Meet the team, our friendly qualified veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and animal care assistants! Like you, we're all animal lovers and will always have your pet’s best interests at heart. Being a small, independent veterinary practice, we offer personalised, high-quality care at affordable prices.
Dr Tori’s passion for veterinary medicine began on her family farm in Northern Ireland. In 2012, she graduated from the University of Cambridge and began her career in nearby Paddock Wood.
Since then she has worked in both mixed and equine, specialist and general practice in England and not-so-nearby Australia. Tori holds a postgraduate certificate in ophthalmology. Outside of work, Tori enjoys all aspects of health and fitness; particularly hockey, squash and Crossfit.
Dr Lara graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2006 and started out in mixed practice in Paddock Wood soon after. She has since focused more on small animal practice; spending three years in Somerset before returning to her Kentish roots.
Lara has a particular interest in ultrasonography; recently developing her skills in heart scanning (echocardiography). Outside of work, Lara enjoys spending time with her husband and two adorable children; Zachary and Florence.
Janet grew up on a farm in Lamberhurst and has lived in the area ever since. She spent thirty-four years as practice manager of a busy veterinary practice in Paddock Wood before joining Tori and Lara to set up Pattenden Vets.
Janet is responsible for the day-to-day running of the clinic, as well as assisting with reception duties and other work behind the scenes. Outside of work, Janet loves doing pilates, horse riding and spending time with her dogs and family.
Polly graduated in 2007 from Bristol University. She moved to the south east after graduation and has been here ever since! Polly has worked in small, mixed and equine practice, gaining valuable experience across all aspects of veterinary medicine. Her specific interests include surgery and dentistry.
Outside of work, Polly is kept busy by her two boys and two cocker spaniels!
Rob qualified from Bristol in 1996 and moved straight into small animal practice. Over the years, he has developed a keen interest in medicine cases; particularly enjoying the challenges of oncology, endocrinology and gastrointestinal diseases. Rob joined the team in January 2021, reuniting with former colleagues.
Outside of work, Rob enjoys watching and participating in a number of sports, particularly athletics. He also loves to spend time with his family and lurcher Dudley!
Lindsay graduated from Cambridge in 2006, before beginning an internship at Liverpool University. Following this, she spent fourteen years in a hospital in Kent, completing a postgraduate certificate in surgery in 2015. Lindsay especially enjoys laparoscopy and endoscopy.
Outside of work, Lindsay tries to keep up with her running and cycling but there is less time for this now with two boys at home! The dogs, cats and chickens complete Lindsay’s family!
Liz is a Staplehurst local and spent 23 years working in a nearby agricultural feed merchants. While there she gained her AMTRA qualification; allowing her to prescribe certain medications.
Liz then spent seven years as a large animal nurse, before coming to our clinic in June 2018. Liz is our all-round superwoman; taking on the roles of receptionist, cleaner, animal handler, lab technician and dog walker! Outside of work, Liz is a keen horse rider and enjoys walking her Labradors, Winnie and Betty.
Katy began working as a veterinary nurse thirteen years ago; becoming fully qualified in 2009. She joined the Pattenden Vets team in March 2019; taking on the responsibility of monitoring anaesthetics, assisting with surgeries and inpatient care.
Katy is also available for weight management clinics, blood pressure monitoring and nail clips. Her special interests lie in emergency and critical care and diabetes management.
Harriett joined the nursing team in October 2019 with over twelve years nursing experience. She qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in November the same year. Harriett, like Katy, is involved in inpatient care, monitoring anaesthetics and assisting with procedures.
Harriett is also available for weight management clinics, blood pressure monitoring and nail clips. Her special interest lies in anaesthesia.