James achieved distinction in his Certificate in Small Animal Surgery, as well as receiving scholarships and awards at every level in his studies (Wellcome Trust Scholar, 2000; Cecil Aldin Memorial Prize, 2004; GPCert(Feline Practice) with distinction, 2006; PGCert(Small Animal Surgery) with distinction, 2015).
Dr. James Bennett BSc(Hons) BVetMed(Hons) GPCert(FelP) PGCert(SAS) MRCVS
RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery
London’s only dual certificate holder in Feline Practice and Small Animal Surgery
Official UK Government Veterinarian, Companion Animal Exports
Founder of Wolfe Vets
I absolutely love being a vet: seeing happy pets living life to the full and being able to keep them that way is a privilege, I do not take it likely. I really do know how it feels to worry about your pet being sick, I have a naughty Vizsla, a rescue Whippet and three stray cats; they are part of the family and we would be lost without them.
As someone who both never rests on his laurels and has lust for learning, I became one of only eight Advanced Practitioners in Small Animal Surgery across London, and the only one to be a dual certificate holder in Feline Practice.
I am calm, relaxed and will treat pets, and you their owners, with compassion and respect. I always spend time explaining problems, and how to navigate the route to curing them patiently and clearly.
Wolfe Vets is not your usual general practice: we are proud to be independent and we are utterly focused on getting pets better. I have designed Wolfe Vets to save lives using the advanced surgeries and medicines that my qualifications allow, while also remaining the friendly first opinion vets that provide all the routine vaccines, travel advice, neutering, dental care and high quality pet foods you can think of. We are here to give your pets everything they may need, close to home … And if you are wondering where the name came from, the practice is named after my second son, Wolfe.
I grew up surrounded by animals and nature; I had hamsters and gerbils, cats and dogs, never enough for me, always plenty according to my parents; I was fascinated by the insects in the garden, you would find me making worm colonies or submerging myself in nature, with my favourite books coming along for the journey. Once I was into Gerald Durrell and James Herriot, I was destined to become a vet.
I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College with honours, passing finals with distinction. I also achieved distinction in both of my Certificates in Small Animal Surgery and Feline Practice, as well as receiving scholarships and awards at every level in my studies (Wellcome Trust Scholar, 2000; Cecil Aldin Memorial Prize, 2004; GPCert(Feline Practice) with distinction, 2008; PGCert(Small Animal Surgery) with distinction, 2015).
I have worked as a vet in Hong Kong, volunteered in with charities in Bali and have been working in London for 14 years. I started off working in London alongside an orthopaedic vet, David Kydd, and learnt a lot from him: he was always so kind to owners and pets, and really knew his onions when it came to bones and joints. I undertook training in ultrasound & critical care, led an emergency clinic for several years, and then concentrated on developing more advanced surgical skills.
I have dedicated a lot of my life to honing my abilities as a student and a vet. I know what does and does not work, both in terms of veterinary care and when it comes to running a clinic. I am passionate about my work and it feels good not only to help animals, but also to help people; and hopefully build friendships along the way.
I am married with three children (another on the way) two dogs and three cats. My wife, Gill, owns a doggy day care: Archie and Agnes, named after our dogs; and a pet boutique and groomers, Rex and Wolfe, named after our sons. She also has a company that makes and sells teethers for babies, uki.be, named after our daughter, Suki. Animals and family make up our world.