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  • Philip Lhermette

    Endoscopy/ Minimally invasive surgery/ Ultrasonography

    Philip Lhermette BSc (Hons) CBiol FRSB BVet Med FRCVS 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. Philip was the first to perform keyhole bitch spays in the UK and he also pioneered minimally invasive 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.

    in 2016 Philip was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (FRCVS) for meritorious contributions to clinical practice and in 2017 he was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society of Biology.

    Philip gives lectures all over the world 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 Vice President of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA).

  • Karen Casswell


    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.

  • Dr Christoph K Störk


    Dr Christoph K Störk Dr.med.vet., 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 Dr.med.vet. (“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.