About The Team At Active Pet
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. After finishing her A levels Philippa went to University College London where she gained a BSc. in Microbiology and Genetics. From there she 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.
After working in general practice for over 10 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 ran rehabilitation and acupuncture clinics in addition to her normal duties when she worked in general practice but now works solely in the field of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Pain Management. Philippa loves being able to offer a complete rehabilitation service at one location to give dogs, cats and small animals the best quality of life that Veterinary Medicine and rehabilitation have to offer.
Philippa gained her foundation Veterinary Acupuncture qualification from the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists (ABVA) in 2006. She did further training to allow her to offer electroacupuncture to her patients and frequently uses acupuncture 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. This means that Philippa can offer a holistic approach to pain management and often combines the use of complementary therapies with more traditional treatments and medication.
Philippa is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (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 those who have had orthopaedic or neurological surgery to patients with osteoarthritis or degenerative conditions.
Philippa completed and passed the Canine Sports Medicine course and examination given by Dr Christine Zink DVM of the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in 2012. Philippa loves helping our canine athletes and working dogs whether it be for a tune up to help them keep them in tip top condition for competition or rehabilitation 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.
Philippa can’t wait to meet you and your pet. She looks forward to having the opportunity to put the spring in their step and help them be the best they can whether that be winning at agility or just feeling comfortable moving around the house.
Philippa is in the clinic on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
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.
Michelle is in the clinic on Mondays and Thursday – Saturday.
About Louise O’Brien – Veterinary Receptionist
Louise is another busy horsey lady. She also has a family to keep in check and is kept on her toes by a husband, two teenagers, two dogs and one horse. We are so pleased that she could squeeze in the time to come and work for us on Monday afternoons and Saturdays.
Louise had two dogs Pixie, a French Bulldog, and Winnie a black Labrador Retriever. Winnie has just been diagnosed with osteoarthritis so Louise may also become a client of the clinic too as well as a member of staff!
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.