Veterinary Surgeons

  • Dr Martin Hobbs

    Practice Principal

    BSc(Hons), BVetMed, CertSAS, CertVDI, CertVOphthal, MRCVS

    Martin Hobbs is the Practice Principal and owner of The Meopham Hospital and The Swanscombe and Sevenoaks Veterinary Surgeries. Martin gained a first class degree in Animal Physiology and Nutrition from the University of Leeds. He graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in 1992, with distinctions in anatomy and surgery. In 1996 he opened the Meopham Veterinary Surgery and subsequently The Swanscombe Veterinary Surgery in 2000 and The Sevenoaks Veterinary Surgery in May 2010. Following postgraduate study and examination Martin has been awarded the RCVS Certificates in Small Animal Surgery in 2002 and Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging in 2004. He has also recently gained a Certificate in Small Animal Ophthalmology. His main areas of interest are surgery (small animal and equine) and diagnostic imaging. Martin is a Local Veterinary Inspector.

  • Dr Lauren Smith

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BSc(Hons), BVSc(Hons), PgCert(Hons) CertAVP(ECC), MRCVS

    Lauren moved back home to Kent and joined the practice as a mixed vet in August 2011 after graduating from The University of Bristol. Between graduation and starting work Lauren travelled to Lesvos, Greece where she had a fantastic time working for a charity neutering stray animals. She is a keen swimmer and golfer, playing golf at county level. Lauren has recently completed her emergency medicine and critical care certificate.

  • Dr Christoph K Stork

    Veterinary Surgeon, DES ChirPA, DipECVS, MRCVS RCVS recognised Specialist in Small Animal Surgery European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

    Christoph is our visiting orthopaedic specialist consultant.  He graduated from the Veterinary School at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich in 1996. He then undertook a doctorate thesis on research into markers of bone metabolism for which he was awarded a (“magna cum laude”) in 1999. His clinical training commenced with a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and was deepened during a 3-year ECVS-approved surgical residency programme at the University of Liege, Belgium, where he completed a DES ChirPA diploma degree of specialisation in small animal surgery in 2002. During his residency he spent training periods in the United States at the University Hospital of the Michigan State University and the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, NY.

    From 2002-2009 he has been working as a full-time senior clinician in orthopaedic and spinal surgery in a busy referral-only small animal hospital in the UK. In 2004 he became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons by examination and a European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Surgery. He is a RCVS recognised Specialist in Small Animal Surgery since 2005.

    Focussing on orthopaedic surgery for a number of years and having been exposed to a very large number of patients, he has accumulated a wealth of experience and furthered his skills to the highest level. This has been complemented by regular attendance at specialist CPD, conferences and master classes.

    In addition to handling a busy clinical caseload, he maintained an active research interest and has several scientific collaborations. He has published a number of scientific papers in major veterinary journals and has lectured on a wide variety of subjects on a local, national and international level.

    He enjoys all aspects of small animal orthopaedics, but has particular interests in arthroscopy, the management of complex fractures, the correction of angular limb deformity and treating feline patients.

    In February 2010 Christoph founded orthovet (, a mobile veterinary orthopaedic specialist referral service,  which has enjoyed rapid and continued growth since. Providing this new specialist service within a number of practices, such as the Meopham Veterinary Hospital, has enabled many pets to benefit from Christoph's clinical skills.

    Besides his veterinary passion, Christoph enjoys playing music, the “French cuisine” and spending time with his wife and their two children. The Gordon Setter “Jazz” and the cat “Barnabé” complete the family.



  • Dr Eleanor Graham

    Veterinary Surgeon


    Eleanor graduated from Glasgow University in 1995.  Since then she has worked in small animal practice, including some work in the emergency sector.

    Outside of work she might be found running around the countryside, on her yoga mat at home or reading/listening to a good book.

    She has one very handsome, but rather silly, cat called Lord Micael of Kent (it's a long story......!).


  • Dr Vicky Ball

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BA, VetMB, MRCVS

    Vicky graduated with distinction from the Cambridge Veterinary school in 2017, having also gained a BA in neuroscience during a year out from her veterinary course.  During her time at university she also completed an elective focussing on farm animal medicine and undertook research into dairy calf health.

    Vicky has a special interest in large animal medicine, everything from horses and cattle to alpaca, as well as a keen interest in small animal medicine, especially skin disease.

    When not working Vicky loves nothing more than being outdoors, running, hiking or kayaking in the countryside and has even completed a tough mudder challenge.  

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