Just as human medicine has progressed over the years, so advances in veterinary care have increased our ability to understand and look after our pets. Active Pet is dedicated to helping dogs, cats, rabbits and other small animals enjoy the best quality of life they can. We provide rehabilitation after accidents, treat age-related conditions such as arthritis and help with all-round fitness and health.
Our approach differs because your pet will be treated by a qualified and experienced Veterinary Surgeon heading the team who has chosen to focus solely on rehabilitation, physiotherapy and pain management. We believe you should insist on nothing less.
About Dr. Philippa Mitchell BSc. MA(Cantab) VetMB MRCVS, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner, GP Cert Western Veterinary Acupuncture & Chronic Pain Management – Veterinary Surgeon
Philippa is a qualified Veterinary Surgeon who grew up in the local area and attended Beaconsfield High School. She went to University College London where she gained a BSc. in Microbiology and Genetics and from there went on and gained her veterinary degree from the University of Cambridge. Whilst studying for her veterinary degree Philippa developed an interest in analgesia and geriatric medicine and as soon as she was able gained her Veterinary Acupuncture qualification from the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists (ABVA).
Philippa has done further training to allow her to offer electroacupuncture to her patients and has been using acupuncture for the last 7 years to offer pain relief to dogs, cats and rabbits. Philippa obtained her General Practitioner Certificate in Western Veterinary Acupuncture and Chronic Pain Management in May 2014 and is working towards the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management’s International Pain Practitioner Certificate.
Philippa is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practioner (CCRP) and completed the Certificate Program in Canine Rehabilitation (CCRP) run by the University of Tennessee Veterinary School in 2012. Philippa uses her rehabilitation skills to treat pets with many different conditions from osteoarthritis to CDRM (chronic degenerative radiculomyelopathy). Philippa has completed the Canine Sports Medicine course given by Dr Christine Zink DVM of the Canine Rehabilitation Institute so is also looking forward to welcoming your canine athlete or working dog to the clinic, whether it be for a tune up and fitness consultation or after injury.
Philippa lives with her husband Ian and Munchie a Blue Cross rescue cat who gets up to lots of mischief and provides lots of entertainment for their neighbours…she has been spotted chasing a deer! Unfortunately Munchie doesn’t like other cats or dogs (or deer apparently) so Philippa’s parents look after Fred, the stray cat Philippa adopted when she lived at home and George the Golden Retriever.
After working in general practice for over 8 years Philippa came across many owners of older or injured dogs and cats who wanted to do more for their pets than most veterinary practices have the time, space and expertise to offer. Philippa has run rehabilitation and acupuncture clinics in addition to her normal general practice duties but is very excited to be able to offer a complete rehabilitation service in one location to give dogs and cats the best quality of life that Veterinary Medicine and rehabilitation have to offer.
About Dr. Michelle Mason BSc. DVM. Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practioner – Veterinary Surgeon
Michelle spent several years in general practice and then decided that her interests lay rehabilitation. Michelle has worked in rehabilitation only practices for the last few years in New York State and more recently Chicago. Michelle joined Active Pet in October 2019 and is really enjoying meeting our lovely clients and their pets.
Michelle, who is originally Canadian, has come to the UK with her husband, Drew, her three cats Bruce, George and Lucy and her dog Dougal. Dougal is a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel and was born with spinal problems, and cannot walk properly on his own yet. Michelle is using her neuro-rehabilitation skills and Dougal is gradually getting stronger so she hopes that he will soon be walking unassisted.
About Dr. Veronica Aksmanovic BSc. MA(Cantab) VMD MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon
Veronica is a qualified Veterinary Surgeon who worked with Philippa at the London Vet Clinic before Philippa set up Active Pet. Veronica’s undergraduate degree is from McGill University In Montreal and her Masters degree is in Molecular Biology from the University of Cambridge. Veronica undertook her veterinary degree at the University of Pennsylvania.
After graduating Veronica worked at the California Animal Hospital in the United States. In 2005 she started work at the London Vet Clinic and worked with Philippa during her time there. Veronica has now moved to Germany and will be helping out with the running of the clinic and writing reports remotely now.
Veronica’s husband, Vincent, is a pilot and she has two daughters, Sophia and Saskia. Their home is shared with two cats, JimJam and Max.
About Sue Tett – Veterinary Receptionist
Sue joined us in December 2019 and is in the clinic Monday to Friday. Sue has a lovely Labrador called Pearl who is in her senior years now.
About Hope Seager – Veterinary Receptionist
Hope joined us in July 2018. as our Saturday receptionist and loved the job so much that you will also find her in the clinic on Wednesday and Friday afternoons and covering holidays. Hope is in her final year at Amersham College and lives at home with two Labrador Retrievers.
Vetsec – remote Veterinary Receptionists
We hate it when the telephone line is busy or there is no answer when you call. Hence we have a backup team of remote Veterinary receptionists to help when we cannot get to the phone. The team of Vet Nurses or Vet Receptionists are able to log in to our appointments system or take a message so that we can get back to you as soon as we can.