Veterinary Surgery

Care, Compassion and Commitment


Oakwood Veterinary Surgery was opened by Robert Gardner in the early 1990’s. Bob retired from practice in 2001 and at that time Tony White and Phil Barr of Wood Street Veterinary Hospital took over the surgery.

Our aim at Oakwood Veterinary Surgery is to combine a friendly convenient and professional service, and to ensure a very high standard of clinical work for you and your pets. Our status as a Tier 2 – Small Animal Accredited Practice (approved under the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme) reflects our commitment to animal care and as a centre of excellence.

We treat a variety of small animal and exotic patients at Oakwood and our team of veterinary surgeons, nurses and reception staff have an extensive range of knowledge and experience.

A large client  parking area is right in front of the surgery, which makes your visit to the vet that  little bit easier. When you arrive you will be welcomed by one of our friendly reception team. Your vet will then examine your pet in one of our well-equipped consulting rooms.

The surgery consists of a large bright reception area, consulting room, accommodation for inpatients and an operating theatre. Our operating theatre is equipped with a full range of anaesthetic and operating equipment and we use modern monitoring equipment (as in operating theatres for humans) to help ensure the safety of your pet. We have a separate dental area equipped with air driven high speen instruments similar to those used by your own dentist.

Our veterinary surgeons can therefore perform a wide variety operations including neutering, dental treatments, x-rays and emergency procedures at the Oakwood surgery. However, we are also fortunate to be able to call upon all the more specialised facilities of Wood Street Veterinary Hospital in Barnet for those occasions when your pet might require emergency or intensive care treatment.

Specialised advanced tools such as endoscopy, ultrasound or laparoscopy (keyhole surgery) are also available at Wood Street Veterinary Hospital. We have an animal ambulance to assist clients with transport of their pets to the hospital if necessary.

Oakwood Veterinary surgery has its own on-site laboratory allowing us to provide same-day blood and urine tests as well as examining samples from the skin and hair. Some more complex tests may be sent to Wood Street Veterinary Hospital or to an external laboratory.

The veterinary surgeons who are responsible for the day-to-day running of Oakwood Veterinary Surgery are Aoife Magee, and Emma Clark. All of our vets also work at our main hospital for at least part of their time,  which means that even when your pets may need to be referred to the main hospital for more complex investigations or tests, you and your pet can still deal with a vet you know. Please see our staff pages for information about any of our veterinary surgeons.

Out of hours emergencies at night or weekends are seen at Wood Street Veterinary Hospital by prior arrangement. For your convenience, our phone line gets automatically diverted to the Hospital when we are closed so you do not have to find another phone number to call.  As our computer systems are linked, the duty vet and nurse at the Hospital have all of your pet’s records available to help ensure the best advice and treatment.

The close links the practice has with the RSPCA has always been a source of great pride for us.  Helping  charities care for animals in need provides us with a real sense of achievement.  Links with Wood Green animal centre, the Cats Protection League and the C4 cat neutering scheme, means that this charity work is part of the everyday work in our surgeries.


Your Visit

Our friendly reception team will greet you and ensure you and your pets' contact details are up to date.

You will then be seen by one of our vets who will examine your pet in one of our fully equipped consulting rooms.

If your pet requires more in depth treatment we may wish to admit them to the hospital. We have comfortable (& separate!) accommodation both for dogs and for cats, as well as a separate area where pets who may have an infectious disease can be kept away from others.

Please see the facilities sections for more information on the services we can offer you and your pets, should you need them.