The Veterinary Centre

Henley and Twyford

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 Fiona Blair
Veterinary Surgeon and Owner
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I declared my intention to be a vet at the age of seven, having surgically removed the growler box from a much loved teddy bear and repairing the wound. Very neatly according to my mother. I have never wavered from this ambition and have never regretted my choice of career.

After qualifying I joined a busy veterinary hospital in Plymouth. I spent twelve very happy years there gaining invaluable experience and knowlege from more experienced colleagues.

I moved to Oxfordshire in 1995 and, in partnership with four vets from Larkmead veterinary group in Cholsey, took over The Veterinary Centre from Mr. De Ban as he retired.

One by one my partners retired leaving me as sole owner. At the same time the practice has grown enormously and now employs a total of thirty people.

When my partner, Ian, and I moved to Henley we had one small boy, Arthur, toddling along behind us. As the practice has grown, so has my family. We have added two more sons, Harry and George. Ian and I have married, belatedly and quietly, celebrating a first wedding aniversary and twenty one years at the same time.

We share our home in Henley with::

  • "Pickle" the Jack Russell
  • "Teddy" the Collie x >> more
  • Cats "Bob" and "Obviously"
  • Sixty year old tortoise, "Lazybones".

Pickle has a passport and is an excellent sailor.

We have an elderly 30 foot catamaran named "Astraeus" and over the last five years we have had much fun and adventure in her as we have circumnavigated England and Wales, visited Ireland and the Isle of Man, cut though Scotland via the Forth and Clyde canal system, motored up the Thames to and through Henley, cruised the French Canal system to Paris and sailed along the Normandy and Brittany coasts as far as Ouessant ( Ushant ).

During 2008 I took a six month sabbatiacal and went round the world with my family.

  • Across the Atlantic by cargo ship
  • Cadillac along route 66 and Pacific Coast Highway
  • Canada in a big RV
  • The Japanese islands by Shinkansen "bullet train"
  • Thailand by bus train and elephant
  • China by train - and the Great Wall by foot ( for a few miles )
  • Siberia and Russia by train


Getting Married. July 2007
Teddy and Pickle



Our catamaran "Astraeus"

Lazybones loves strawberries



Henley Vets and Twyford Vets
The Veterinary Centre: 271 Reading Road, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1EL - Phone 01491 574490
Also at Twycombe Lodge, Loddon Hall Road, Twyford, RG10 9JA - Phone 0118 934 0259