Veterinary Surgery

Care, Compassion and Commitment

Meet the Team at Oakwood Vet Surgery

We believe that your pets deserve to receive the best treatment available, from vets they know and can rely on night and day, all year round.

Our veterinary team is led by the two Emmas- Clark & Ruggles- both highly experienced vet surgeons. The rest of our vets, although based at our other local surgeries, will pop in from time to time when needed.

We are really lucky to also be supported by a very experienced nursing team, & more recently have our hydrotherapy unit running at the Oakwood surgery also.

As always, we like to ensure continuity for you and your pet, so we will  try to book you back in to see your preferred vet.
Dr Emma Clark
Emma qualified from Cambridge Veterinary School in 2001 with an additional degree in Zoology and spent four years in mixed practice in Essex and Bedfordshire before moving to Barnet to join the team at Wood Street Veterinary Hospital in 2005.

 She made the move to Oakwood Vet Surgery in 2013,  where she enjoys all aspects of veterinary work in particular small animal medicine and dentistry.

At home she likes socialising and keeping active - running, cycling, and dog walking. She has two boys, 2 terriers and a 3 legged cat to keep her busy.

Dr Emma Ruggles
Emma graduated from the RVC in 1998 and spent 14 years working for a large small animal hospital in Essex.

After her daughter was born, she moved to a Central london Clinic before coming to Wood Street, where she is mainly based at our Radlett branch (Oakwood Vet Surgery). 

She enjoys all aspects of practice and holds a post graduate certificate in Small Animal Medicine.     

Emma lives with her husband and small daughter, and  a funny looking cat.

In the limited spare time this household leaves her, she enjoys running, country walks and experimental cookery.

Dr Phil Barr
Phil Barr qualified from Bristol University Vet School in 1991 and after a year in ‘exotic’ animal practice where he did his best to treat the odd monkey, meercat and crocodile, he made the move back to small animal practice (dogs, cats and other small pets).

He worked in several practices in the South East, eventually gaining a post-graduate RCVS qualification in Small Animal Medicine in 1998.

Phil joined Wood Street Veterinary Hospital and became a partner in 2001. Phil remains enthusiastic about all aspects of veterinary practice with special emphasis on medical investigation techniques such as ultrasound and endoscopy, as well as cardiology.

He is a member of the Veterinary Cardiovascular Society and the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology, and is an RCVS Advanced Practitioner (Small Animal Medicine).

At home Phil has a pair of lovely, if slightly naughty, cats as well as a wife and 2 small children to ensure his time is fully occupied!

Dr Tony White

Tony White graduated from Bristol University in 1992 and has been at Wood Street since August of the same year.

Tony enjoys all aspects of veterinary work but is particularly interested in surgery.

Minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery is now used more and more at the hospital. Tony and the team have been performing diagnostic and therapeutic keyhole procedures, as well as routine operations such as spaying for 10 years now.

Tony’s other main focus is orthopaedic surgery and the hospital now performs a wide range of elective procedures and fracture repairs. Tony is an active member of the BVOA ESVOT (British and European Orthopaedic and Traumatology Associations) and attends many of their meetings.

Apart from work, Tony is kept busy by his wife , three children, and a large number of rescued animals. The current tally stands at eight  dogs,  seven cats, seven  horses and two ex battery chickens.  The work the hospital does for the RSPCA and a wife who works for them, makes accumulating waifs and strays rather easy.

What little time he has left is spent either cycling, running or ferrying his children around!