Peter Francis

Pete was born and raised in the New Forest. He has always been an active person and plays sports such as football, rugby and basketball. Prior to his veterinary career, Pete was a qualified personal trainer and sports massage therapist, he then took a break to travel the world. Whilst on his travels, Pete volunteered at numerous wildlife sanctuaries and ended up moving to South Africa where he helped rehabilitate baiting dogs (fighting dogs). On his return to the UK, Pete studied veterinary medicine at the Royal veterinary College, and began his Veterinary career at a mixed animal practice. He joined Natterjacks in February 2022.

His veterinary interests are varied and he likes to see all types of animals from your dogs and cats to the more exotic species. He has a keen interest in flat faced and recently had a paper published on disease predispositions among French Bulldogs. In the future Pete hopes to specialise with all things flat faced to help improve the breed.

Outside of work his interests include going to the gym, paddleboarding, watching a good tv series with his wife and walking his 2 dogs Gus and Kaspi down the beach or in the forest.

1.   The 3 things I would take on a desert island……Football, leatherman, paddleboard
2.   When I was younger I wanted to be… Footballer
3.   3 famous people (dead or alive) I would invite to a dinner party…… Ian Wright, Chris Cornell, Mo Gilligan
4.   My guilty pleasure……Getting tattooed
5.   What makes Natterjacks different…… Friendly staff, and atmosphere
6.   My proudest ‘claim to fame’ or celebrity encounter…Met Freddie Ljungberg (CK Model & Arsenal Legend) who got me discount at his friend’s shop in London.
7.   Two things I consider myself to be very bad at…..  Patience, accepting I’m bad at things
8.   Two things I consider myself to be very good at…Swimming, Cooking
9.   One thing that not many people know about me…. I raised a lion from a cub to adult called Tigs
10.   I was frightened for my life at work when…Whilst trying to castrate a Bull that all he wanted to do is kick me in the head.
11.   My most annoying habit .… Biting my nails
12.   The song I would perform in a Karaoke bar is… None, no one deserves that kind of torture
13.   If I was forced to live anywhere else than the beautiful south coast of Dorset I would live…  In Oz or back in South Africa
14.   I you were to look in my fridge right now you would find…. Loads of food just been shopping!
15.   My favourite place to go for dinner is….Turtle Bay
16.   If I won the lottery my first purchase would be….Motor Bike & lessons
17.   One place I really want to visit before I die is…Machu Picchu
18.   My favourite holiday past-time is ……..play beach volleyball
19.   If I was a vegetable, I would be a …. Carrot
20.   My weirdest phobia is …not a phobia but I hate butter!!!
21.   If I could swap lives with anyone for a day it would be…. Thierry Henry when he played for Arsenal scoring against Tottenham – very specific!!!
22.   My favourite place to go for a walk… Beach
23.   The strangest thing I’ve ever seen at work …A small dog that had eaten a 30cm dead straight stick, 4 big stones, 3 bottle caps, some poo bags and money
24.   I would hate to get stuck here ….prison
25.   One thing I really want to do before I die is…. Travel the world

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