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…”