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Peter van Dongen qualified as a vet at the Utrecht Veterinary school, The Netherlands, in March 1990. He worked in a mixed practice in Louth, Lincolnshire, UK, for 3 years, before deciding to limit himself to small animals only. In 1993 he joined Pennard Veterinary Group, in Sevenoaks, Kent. From December 1996 till January 2005 he ran his own branch practice in Allington, Maidstone. Currently he is a Director at Pennard Veterinary Group, now a 13 vet, four branch, small animal veterinary practice. His special interests are: surgery, orthopaedics, radiology and, more recently, Canine Sports Medicine. He has just set up a hydrotherapy service at his practice.
In May 1995 Peter started agility (after years of just thinking about it!) with his Jack Russel Cross bitch ‘Basil’, then 5 years old. Since then they qualified for many finals, including ‘Crufts’ and ‘Olympia’. Basil won the coveted Crufts 2001 title in the individual mini agility. Peter’s little Jack Russell Cross, Sky, is now at grade 6 and has recently taken part in the European Open Agility Championships.
Peter passed the British Agility Club Instructors’ exam in October 1999 (first class) and then completed the British Agility Club Judging Workshop. Peter regularly writes for various agility magazines and web sites and has been the official British Team Vet for the Agility World Championships for the last seven years. Peter undertakes regular charity treks, first to the Norwegian arctic, then to the Namibian desert and this year to Machu Picchu in Peru.