Veterinary Surgery

Care, Compassion and Commitment

Meet the Team at Cockfosters Vet Surgery

We believe that your pets deserve to receive the best treatment available, from vets they know and can rely on night and day, all year round.
Dr Ozlem Cosar
Ozlem graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in July 2010 having also completed a degree inVeterinary Sciences, and she even worked as our Saturday morning receptionist while studying.

She has completed charity work in Turkey neutering stray dogs and cats, and providing much needed care to these unfortunate animals.

Ozlem went to run our surgery in Cockfosters after several years full time at the main hospital in Barnet, and still spends time at both sites.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, socialising and swimming. Ozlem also has a dog Chloe and a cat Twix to keep her busy.

Dr Rhian Blakely
Rhian graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2013 with the dermatology award.
She moved to Leamington Spa to work in a hospital where she then adopted Cliff the cat, before leaving the UK for warmer climates.
She spent two years working in countries such as Australia, the Cook Islands and New Zealand before finally returning back to where she came from - North London.
In her spare time, Rhian is a keen crossfit (cult) member and musician. 

Dr Emma Foster
Emma graduated from Edinburgh University in 2015 and went straight into working at a small animal hospital in Upminster, Essex, as both a day vet and an emergency night vet. 
In July 2017 she joined the team at Wood Street Vet Hospital and has been working at Rosemary Avenue Vet Clinic and other branch surgeries also. 
While she loves all creatures, big and small, she has a particular interest in canine and feline internal and emergency medicine – helping them in their most time of need!
When she’s not at work, Emma likes to spend as much time outside as possible, whether it’s running, eating out or exploring the London markets. She has just moved to Islington and hopes to soon find a feline companion of her own.

Dr Phil Barr
Phil Barr qualified from Bristol University Vet School in 1991 and after a year in ‘exotic’ animal practice where he did his best to treat the odd monkey, meercat and crocodile, he made the move back to small animal practice (dogs, cats and other small pets).

He worked in several practices in the South East, eventually gaining a post-graduate RCVS qualification in Small Animal Medicine in 1998.

Phil joined Wood Street Veterinary Hospital and became a partner in 2001. Phil remains enthusiastic about all aspects of veterinary practice with special emphasis on medical investigation techniques such as ultrasound and endoscopy, as well as cardiology.

He is a member of the Veterinary Cardiovascular Society and the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology, and is an RCVS Advanced Practitioner (Small Animal Medicine).

At home Phil has a pair of lovely, if slightly naughty, cats as well as a wife and 2 small children to ensure his time is fully occupied!

Dr Elena Barnes
Elena graduated from Edinburgh in 2016. She has previously completed an internship at Anderson Moores in Winchester.
Although she enjoys all aspects Elena particularly enjoys surgery, exotics and shelter medicine.
Her hobbies include cooking, travelling and running with her rescue greyhound Jett. Ellie also cares for a rescued corn snake.

Dr Tony White

Tony White graduated from Bristol University in 1992 and has been at Wood Street since August of the same year.

Tony enjoys all aspects of veterinary work but is particularly interested in surgery.

Minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery is now used more and more at the hospital. Tony and the team have been performing diagnostic and therapeutic keyhole procedures, as well as routine operations such as spaying for 10 years now.

Tony’s other main focus is orthopaedic surgery and the hospital now performs a wide range of elective procedures and fracture repairs. Tony is an active member of the BVOA ESVOT (British and European Orthopaedic and Traumatology Associations) and attends many of their meetings.

Apart from work, Tony is kept busy by his wife , three children, and a large number of rescued animals. The current tally stands at eight  dogs,  seven cats, seven  horses and two ex battery chickens.  The work the hospital does for the RSPCA and a wife who works for them, makes accumulating waifs and strays rather easy.

What little time he has left is spent either cycling, running or ferrying his children around!

Dr Amy Hughes
Amy graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2015. She has previously worked in a Small Animal Hospital in Ipswich, Suffolk, before joining the Wood Street and Rosemary Avenue team in January 2017.
Although she enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, Amy particularly enjoys surgery and feline care.
Her hobbies include running, tennis and snowboarding (although these are all very weather dependant!). She has a rescue cat, Willow, at home.