Helen qualified from Cambridge University in 1984 and started working at Towcester Veterinary Centre shortly afterwards. She became a partner at the practice in 1994 and passed the RCVS certificate examination in Small Animal Surgery in 2010.
Helen enjoys the job every part of her job from the consulting to the operating and taking surgical referrals from other practices. She especially enjoys complex orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery. She is one of the only people in Northamptonshire registered to carry out laparoscopic (keyhole abdominal) surgery in animals.
Outside work Helen enjoys running – so much so that’s she completed nine marathons! She also competes with her horse regularly. She has had working Labradors and Cocker Spaniels over the years. Helen also very much enjoys watching top class rugby.
Sue qualified from Bristol University in 1986 and went into mixed practice straight afterwards. She joined the Towcester Veterinary Centre team in 1988 and became a partner in 1994. She is involved in practice and financial management, and keeping the team in order. She enjoys small animal general surgery, dermatology and ophthalmology. Sue is particularly proud that we provide our own emergency night service as she feels it’s a vital part of good care. Sue is a member of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons and the Veterinary Practice Management Association.
In her spare time Sue enjoys scuba diving, breeding German Shepherds and Norfolk Terriers and gardening. Sue lives with her husband who is also a vet. One of her daughters is also a vet and works for Towcester Equine, and the other one is studying veterinary medicine at university…is it genetic??
Catharina Arthurs BSc (Hons), DVM, CertSAS, MRCVS, Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery
Cat qualified from the Ontario Veterinary College in Canada in 2000 and came to UK and worked in mixed practice for a few years. She started at Towcester Veterinary Centre in 2005 and became a partner in 2011. In 2006 she passed the RCVS examination in Small Animal Surgery and is now head of our surgical referral service. Cat enjoys all aspects of surgery but particularly fracture management and cruciate surgery and along with Helen is one of the few people who carry out laparoscopic surgery in Northamptonshire.
When not in the operating theatre Cat likes spending time with her young son and their pets: two cats, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Buster, 5 fish and two horses. She enjoys horse riding, skiing, running, cycling, cooking and travelling and has completed several half marathons and triathlons.
Jen Calder BVetMed MRCVS
Jen qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2010 and started working at Towcester Veterinary Centre shortly after. Her professional interests include emergency and critical care, dermatology, backyard poultry, and exotic pets.
Jen lives with two cats, Pirate and Astro (both rescued from work), three ferrets (who she is hoping to breed), a tarantula called Tiki and some Giant African Land Snails.
Aside from looking after her pets, Jen enjoys watching movies, going to concerts, walking and general outdoor pursuits. Her current ambition is to learn to roller skate!
Sarah qualified from Bristol University in 1997 and has worked in small animal practice ever since. She has worked in Northampton for 13 years and joined Towcester Veterinary Centre in 2011. She particularly enjoys consulting, internal medicine cases, dermatology and generally building bonds with clients and their pets.
Sarah lives in Northampton with her husband and baby daughter. Outside work she enjoys landscape photography, salsa dancing, playing the oboe, guitar and recorder and singing.
Sophie O’Doherty BVSc MRCVS Assistant
Sophie qualified from Bristol in 2010 and worked in a mixed practice in Wales for 2 years, before moving south and switching to small animal practice. She joined Towcester Veterinary Centre in February 2014.
She particularly enjoys animal medicine and is looking forward to starting a certificate of further study in this area.
Kathryn Foy BvetMed MRCVS
Kathryn qualified from Royal Veterinary College in 2009 and she worked in Shropshire for over 7 years after graduating. Kathryn enjoys surgery and is looking forward to getting to know the all the patients here at the surgery.
Damiano Giordano DVM MRCVS
Damiano qualified from Bologna university(Italy) in 2012 and moved to the UK in 2013 in order to further his career in the veterinary industry. He worked at a first opinion small animal vet in the Northamptonshire area and joined TVC in June 2017.
He has a strong interest in surgery(soft tissue and orthopaedic)and he is currently studying for a specialist certificate in this area. In his spare time he likes cooking, (especially pizza!), spending time with his wife and their 2 year old son, going to the gym and travelling.