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.
Frances qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2011 and has worked in small animal practices around Kent since then. She joined Fern Cottage in January 2016, and took on the clinical director role in November the same year following David’s retirement. Frances has a particular interest in imaging and soft tissue surgery. In her spare time she likes to remain active with her Collie, Molly, and as a member of a local hockey club. She also enjoys cake decorating - making special occasion cakes for friends and family.
Raquel Carballal MRCVS
Raquel qualified from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid in 1995. She moved to the UK in 1998 and has been working at Fern Cottage Veterinary Surgery since 2007. She is particularly interested in canine and feline behaviour and rabbit wellbeing. At home Raquel looks after her small flock of sheep and chickens. In the summer she keeps busy taking care of her bee hives. Raquel likes the outdoors and travelling, spending most of her spare time hiking or kayaking.
Claudia Di Cecio DMV MRCVS
Claudia qualified from the University of Naples Federico II in Italy in 2013 and she accomplished a second level master degree in anaesthesia and analgesia at the University of Pisa in 2016. She worked for three years in general practice and for two years in a referral centre as an anaesthetist in Italy, moving to the UK in 2016. Claudia has been a part of the Fern Cottage team since the beginning of 2017 and especially enjoys internal medicine and cardiology. At home Claudia has two dogs, Zola who is a crossbreed and Masaniello, who is a Jack Russell X Schnauzer. In her spare time, she enjoys walking in nature with her dogs, photography and travelling.