Kelperland Vets Has Proudly Cared For Berkshire’s Pets For Over 50 Years

“Traditional Values, Exceptional Care”

We have stayed true to our traditional values and continue to maintain the feel of friendly, family owned, community practice, situated at the lovely location of Ledger Farm.

Our highly qualified team will provide exceptional care for your pets. We all have pets ourselves and will look after yours as though our own.

  • The health of the animal is always the  priority

  • Non-rushed consultations

  • State-of-the-art facilities

  • A knowledgeable & passionate team

  • Affordable & fair pricing

We’re excited to announce we’re doing our bit to look after the environment.

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Meet The Team

Our caring, passionate team of veterinarians, nurses and support staff have years of experience – ensuring your pet is always in great hands.

Our Veterinarians

Dr Simon Ratcliffe

BVSc certAVP(GSAS) MRCVS

RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in General Small Animal Surgery & Practice Principal

Hi, I’m Simon (we’re all on first name terms here!). I took over the running of Kelperland in May 2014. I’m a dairy farmer’s son from Cheshire, and have wanted to be a vet as long as I can remember. There was always a menagerie of animals on the farm – cats, dogs, cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, horses and sheep. Our local vet was therefore a constant presence at home and I became fascinated with his work; caring for animals and helping them to stay out of pain, what job could be more important? When I was 14 I spent a week in our vet’s car travelling around the area and seeing cases….I was hooked – and have been ever since!

I went University in Liverpool and graduated in 2005. I then spent 7 years at two large veterinary hospitals in the North West, with 2 years working at various veterinary clinics in London sandwiched in between.

My main clinical interest is surgery, especially orthopaedics (bones and joints). I am recognised by the RCVS (the veterinary governing body in the UK) as an “Advanced Practitioner in General Small Animal Surgery,” which reflects the level of my post graduate training and experience.

I just love being a general practitioner – getting to know clients and their pets, working together to keep our furry friends happy and healthy! I am hugely proud to have been nominated for the Petplan Vet of the Year awards in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

I live with my wife Camilla, our daughter Elana and son Theo. We have a little rescue terrier cross called Ruby…she’s adorable inside the house, a real snuggler, but a true terrier outside, sniffing everything and pulling on the lead 🙂 We only live around the corner from the practice so I love nothing more than popping home at lunchtime for a family walk in the nearby fields.

Outside of work and family I’m a keen sportsman and enjoy playing cricket, golf and squash. I’ve also been swimming in Bray lake on summer mornings – which is “Lovely once you’re in…”

Dr. Alex Ogley

BVSc MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon

Hi I’m Alex and I joined the veterinary team at Kelperland in April 2021. I graduated from the University of Bristol and have since focused on treating small animals. I have my own furry family member ‘Slinky’ who gets into endless mischief but is soon forgiven.

General practice has always been enjoyable for me and I further hope to progress my career focusing on dog and cat medicine. In my spare time I love anything crafty and can be found knee-deep in paints, pottery and anything that usually leaves a lot of mess around the house!

Dr. Fiona Dickinson

BVSc MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon

Hello, I’m Fiona and I joined the Kelperland team in September 2018. Since graduating from Liverpool University in 2000 I have worked in Morocco, Devon and Herefordshire but I’ve been treating the pets of Berkshire in various clinics since 2003.

I thoroughly enjoy all the many aspects that make up our role at veterinary surgeons, and relish the variety that any working day can bring. I also practice acupuncture on our patients as a complement to our other services.

I live (very) locally with our young family, the youngest 2 of whom have just started school, hopefully giving me lots of “free time” to enjoy other hobbies and relaxing outside work!

Dr. Vicki da Silva

BVSc MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon

Hi I’m Vicki and I joined the Kelperland team in August 2021. I was animal-mad growing up and achieved my childhood ambition when I qualified as a Vet from The University of Liverpool in 2004. Since then I have mainly worked in Berkshire and Surrey with a few stints of charity work in Southern Africa.

I’m now settled in Egham with my husband, our two young children and our beautiful South African street dog, Kivuli, who won our hearts (and her plane ticket to the UK) when we lived in the Western Cape for a year.

I enjoy the variety and challenges of general practice life and am looking forward to being part of this friendly, family-based team.

Dr. Martin Ilott

BVSc MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon

Martin has been a lifelong resident of Windsor having attended the Windsor Boys school in the 1970s before attending Liverpool University.  Martin qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1990 and has spent his career in various roles.

His children enjoy recounting the story of his inability to sex guinea pigs, when a cute pair of “males” turned into a herd of twenty in the space of 12 months.  However, he points out they are friendly social creatures who need the company of their own kind.

He owns a little Shipooh and can be found walking her in the Great Park most days to exercise and relax.  Martin enjoys working as a general practitioner in small animal practice and aims to provide the highest level of advice to Kelperland’s clients to ensure their pets stay healthy and happy.

Eve Henderson

BVSc MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon

*Currently on maternity leave*

Hello everyone, I’m Eve. I’ve been working here at Kelperland since June 2015. I’m from New Zealand and was brought up on a sheep and beef farm in the North Island, where I enjoyed working with all sorts of animals and riding my horse around the farm! Much like Simon, we always had the vet around and it was easy to become fascinated in this job!

I graduated from Massey University in 2003 and spent a couple of years working with all sorts of different animals, before focusing on dogs and cats whilst working in the UK.  I’m currently studying towards a further postgraduate qualification in dog and cat medicine, which is hard work and time consuming, but great to be learning all the most up to date treatments, helping us provide the best care for all our patients here.

Outside of work I play Hockey most Saturdays for a team in central London. I also love cycle-touring and playing tennis. My partner and I have a little Cocker Spaniel, Bella, whom we adore of course.

Our Nurses + Support Staff

Camilla Ratcliffe

Business Manager

Camilla is an experienced biology teacher but has put that on hold for a while whilst she has been managing business aspects of Kelperland since taking over the practice in 2014.

Her time has been divided since the birth of her daughter, Elana, in 2016, and Theo, in 2019, but she is still heavily involved behind the scenes, helping things to run smoothly.

Camilla also loves spending time with the family dog, Ruby, and has adored seeing Elana, Theo, and Ruby become partners in crime around the house!

Faye

Veterinary Nurse

Faye is a qualified veterinary nurse who has been with us at Kelperland since 2006. She has 4 cats with their own unique personalities, Stanley, Hank, Dale and the newest arrival, Bruce (nicknamed ‘bonus’, as in brucey…!). She calls them ‘her little misfits’ as they all have special quirks! They are all strays which she has picked up at various stages along the way.

When not working Faye’s hobbies include highland dancing, which she has recently taken up again and is looking forward to doing some shows and exams in. She enjoys a wide range of music and enjoys going to concerts with her husband to see country, southern rock, and rockabilly shows. Faye also enjoys baking for friends and family and has won awards for her cupcakes!

Lotte

Veterinary Assistant

Lotte has worked Kelperland since 2001. She has been a loyal assistant to Mr Cooke throughout the years and knows most of the clients on first name terms.

She has two bulldogs, Yogi and Huey, whom she adores! She also has a cat called Jack who is a free spirit and likes to roam outside. Outside of work she loves shopping for retro furniture and doing crafts at home such as sewing, painting and card making.

Mia

Nurse Trainee

I’ve worked at Kelperland for many years on Saturdays and I’m now a full-time assistant to Lotte and Faye.

I’m on a gap year after finishing school last year and I’m really enjoying being part of the Kelperland team, helping animals day in, day out.

Kat

Receptionist

Kat loves her gorgeous rescue dog Daisy and has another child with just two legs. Her spare time is spent walking one and watching the other play football!

Kat joined the Kelperland team in September 2015 and loves snapping pictures of all your cute pets for our Facebook page…. you have been warned!

Grace

Receptionist

Hi, I’m Grace and I’ve been with Kelperland since the summer of 2019. I really enjoy being on the front of house, meeting all of you and your gorgeous animals.

I have my own dog, Bambi, a cockerpoo, who certainly keeps me occupied, she is famous in her own right after being the star of “Kelper-love island” in 2019..(see Facebook)

History Of Our Practice

Kelperland Veterinary Centre first opened in 1958 and has grown from strength to strength ever since.

Since taking over the practice, we have reinvested heavily in modern equipment, such as digital x-ray, a dental machine and blood machines. We are taking the practice forward into the next act, incorporating modern medicine and techniques, whilst staying true to our values that have made us so successful.

We’re delighted that all of our hard work appears to be paying off – the practice has been nominated for “Vet Practice of the Year” in the prestigious PetPlan awards in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

You can trust that we will always provide the best possible care for your pet.

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