We are a small animal practice in Kent, first established in 1974. 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 six days a week and have access to 24-hour emergency care. We also offer free parking for clients along Park Road.
Sam joined the practice in March 2004 to complete her veterinary nursing training with the practice, qualifying in 2006. She has been our head nurse since 2006 and has also taken on some of the management responsibilities since 2016. Sam is one of our clinical coaches, helping to train the student nurses at the practice. At home she has two Springer Spaniels called Willow and Shadow, a rabbit called Panda and a guinea pig called Hutch. In her spare time she enjoys walking her dogs.
Kyree Bouffler RVN
Kyree joined Fern Cottage Veterinary Surgery in 2015 as a nursing student, qualifying as a registered veterinary nurse in 2018. She is particularly interested in theatre and in-patient nursing, ensuring a high level of care is given to all patients. In her spare time Kyree enjoys spending time with her family and young son, and is a member of a local running club.
Maria-Teresa Chittenden RVN
Maria started working at Fern Cottage Veterinary Surgery in 1996 after working as a kennel maid for a few years with racing greyhounds. She qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1999 and has continued to work here ever since. She has a special interest in laboratory work and is the caretaker of the Fern Cottage in-house laboratory. At home she lives with her two children and has many animals big and small, ranging from horses to guinea pigs. In her spare time Maria enjoys horse riding.
Andrea Lee RVN
Andrea has been part of the Fern Cottage Veterinary Surgery team since 2013 and qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2018. She particularly enjoys medical cases that involve intensive nursing and nurse clinics where she can build build relationships with the clients. At home most of Andrea’s time is spent looking after her young daughter and Magnum, the kitten she rehomed from the practice. She also belongs to a running club to keep fit.
Samantha Warner RVN
Sam started at Fern Cottage in 2004 where she completed her training and qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2008. She then moved to other practices to gain further experience, including working in a busy out of hours clinic. After the birth of her first baby she returned to Fern Cottage on a part-time basis in 2015. At the practice she enjoys theatre work and nurse clinics., along with taking care of the practice Facebook page. In her spare time she enjoys horse riding and days out with her family.
Patient Care Assistant
Rebekah has been a part of the Fern Cottage team since June 2009. As a veterinary nursing assistant she works as a support and an extra pair of hands to the rest of the nursing team. She particularly enjoys client interaction. At home Rebekah has a Cocker Spaniel named Jynx, a guinea pig named Squidge and a cat, Geoffrey, who was brought into the surgery as a poorly stray. In her spare time Rebekah is busy keeping up with her young son Logan and stepdaughter Elle, as well as spending time with her friends.
Patient Care Assistant
Anna started working at the practice as a Patient Care Assistant on 23 September 2019. Anna enjoys the “hands-on” aspect of the role and loves nothing more than to give the animals a cuddle. Anna is the proud owner of three cats, a Labradoodle and a rabbit. In her spare time she volunteers for the Dogs Trust in Canterbury and The Cinnamon Trust. She likes to relax by dog walking, going to music festivals and surfing.