Referral Team

Philip LhermetteEndoscopy/ Minimally invasive surgery/ Ultrasonography/ Physiotherapy

Philip Lhermette BSc (Hons) CBiol MSB BVet Med MRCVS is the principal and founder of the practice. Married, with three children, Philip comes from a farming background. After completing an honours degree in animal physiology at the University of Nottingham in 1977, Philip went on to complete his degree in veterinary medicine at the , London, in 1982. After four years in mixed practice in Surrey Philip moved back home to Kent, working as a locum for nine months whilst Elands was being built.

Philip has a particular interest in surgery - and in particular, minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery using rigid and flexible endoscopes. Having practised rigid endoscopy since 1995, Philip has extensive experience in endoscopy and endosurgery and is always keen to pass on his knowledge to other enthusiasts. More recently he has pioneered laser surgery in veterinary medicine in the UK. He also has an interest in ultrasonography and uses this medium extensively as a complimentary technique prior to endoscopy.

The Simon Award is a national award presented annually by the British Small Animal Veterinary Association to a veterinary surgeon for outstanding contributions in the field of veterinary surgery. In 2011, due to all his pioneering work, Philip Lhermette was the recipient of this prestigious award.

Philip gives talks all over the UK teaching the principles and practice of endoscopy to other veterinary surgeons and is currently special lecturer in veterinary endoscopy at the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science. Philip is also Chairperson of British Small Animal Veterinary Association Petsavers.


Karen Casswell graduated from the University of Bristol Veterinary School.

Having been taught there by Professor Sheila Crispin, she followed her interest in ophthalmology while working in general mixed and small animal practice, gaining her RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 1999.

Since then, she has worked as an independent veterinary surgeon, specialising in Ophthalmic second opinion and referral surgery, in small animals, equines, camelids and exotics.

Working throughout Kent and East Sussex, she is available for advice by phone / email and for consultations by appointment at various clinics, including Elands Veterinary Clinic.


Rachel Sant BVetMed CertVD CertSAM MANZCVS(SAM) MANZCVS(Fel) MRCVS qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1992 and has been working in exclusively small animal practice since, originally in general practice and more recently in referral practice.

Rachel has post-graduate qualifications in both dermatology and internal medicine and is particularly interested in allergic skin disease in dogs and cats, and gastrointestinal diseases. She is happy to see all variety of skin cases in all small animals and can carry out allergy testing in suitable patients.

Rachel lives with two tabby cats, Jack and Willow


Dr Christoph K. Störk, DES ChirPA, DipECVS, MRCVS is a graduate from the Veterinary School at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich in 1996, Christoph undertook a doctorate thesis on research into markers of bone metabolism for which he was awarded a (“magna cum laude”) in 1999.

His clinical training commenced with a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and was deepened during a 3-year ECVS-approved surgical residency programme at the University of Liege, Belgium, where he completed a DES ChirPA diploma degree of specialisation in small animal surgery in 2002.

During his residency he spent training periods in the United States at the University Hospital of the Michigan State University and the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, NY.