Dr Jo Arthur VetMB MA CertVR CertVC MRCVS

Jo qualified from Cambridge in 1985 – her first job was in a mixed practice where she realised small animal medicine was the area of veterinary medicine that not only interested her the most, but she found most rewarding. Since then Jo has worked in exclusively small animal practice, working for Grove Lodge Vets from 1992 to 2000, at the Bognor branch of Downland Veterinary Group ( DVG ) from 2000 until May 2015, and Whiteley Village Vet Centre from June 2016 where she will now continue to work 2 days per week while joining Mark Elliott and Debby Raynor at their practice in Oving 3 days per week plus alternate Saturdays.

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Jo, Mark and Debby have known each other for 2 decades. Although trained only in conventional veterinary medicine, Jo has always had an open mind about complementary veterinary medicine, and while she worked for DVG was very happy to have clients dual registered at DVG and with Mark.

 Jo obtained her RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Radiology ( CertVR ) in 1995, and her RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Cardiology ( CertVC ) in 1999. It was while studying for her CertVR that she identified a family of Persian cats with familial Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, which led to her special interest in cardiology, and also becoming great friends with the three ladies who owned many of the affected Persians. She gave a short presentation about this family of cats to the Veterinary Cardiovascular Society ( VCS ) in 2009. For many years Jo served on various BSAVA ( British Small Animal Veterinary Association ) committees, including 6 years on BSAVA Petsavers Grant Awarding Committee ( see later )  and spent 3 years as Treasurer and Membership Secretary for the VCS.

 Jo recognises the important and essential role played by   veterinary nurses in providing excellent patient care. Jo enjoys lecturing to veterinary nurses on imaging, cardiology and the nursing care of patients with cardiac disease both in general practice and at MYF Training and BVNA ( British Veterinary Nursing Association ) Congress and Road Shows.  She also enjoys attending veterinary meetings and conferences, regularly attending Veterinary Cardiovascular Society and European Association of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging meetings in addition to more general veterinary conferences. For several years Jo spent a week each January in Florida (someone has to do it ) attending the North American Veterinary Conference until adopting a diabetic cat who needs extra special care.

 Jo has three cats of her own, all rescues, plus a lively Border Collie, called Carys (because she is Welsh! ) who enjoys coming to work every day. Jo adopted her eldest cat   15 years ago after the cat had been rescued   by the RSPCA having been abandoned in an empty house without food or water with her 5 kittens - mother and kittens all survived, thanks to the mother being a very strong willed dark tortoiseshell! The second cat was adopted as a stray bought in to the practice,  and the third is Jamie, a tabby and white boy adopted after he developed diabetes and pancreatitis, so sadly his elderly owner could no longer care for him. Unfortunately Jamie requires more intensive care than most diabetic cats so foreign trips are on hold for the present! Jo has supported the Cat and Rabbit Rescue Centre ( CRRC ) for several years, her mother now owning her second CRRC rescue cat.

 In the past Jo has travelled to Africa to support 2 friends involved in running two  animal rescue charities, and also other friends running two  HIV/AIDs charities Isubilo and Lifespring Foundation,  in Zambia. Jo has fund raised for animal charities both in Zambia and in the UK, running the   London 10K six times to raise money for BSAVA Petsavers, a charity that funds clinical ( i.e. using clinical cases ) research into diseases affecting dogs and cats, and pays for residencies at veterinary schools in the UK. She has held garage sales and had stalls at car boot sales raising money for the SPCA Ndola, and Lusaka Animal Welfare Society ( LAWS ),   to pay for items such a fridge to store Rabies vaccines and a new roof for the kitchen where the animal food is prepared at the SPCA, Ndola, and cat traps for LAWS,  so feral cats could be trapped and neutered. She also collects unwanted (but in good condition) dog collars and leads to send out to Zambia to be handed out to replace rope and wire collars and leads, plus metal bowls and toys for the dogs and cats at the SPCA, Ndola.    

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