Meet The Team

Stemcellvet UK is a team of Veterinary Surgeons and nurses dedicated to improving the lives of cats and dogs in the UK. Headed up by Veterinary Surgeon Dr Stewart Halperin MRCVS, we have been trained in stem cell technology and techniques by Dr Mike Hutchinson DVM, who has personally carried out more than 400 stem cell procedures on dogs and cats in the USA.

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Dr Stewart Halperin BVMS MRCVS

Head Veterinary Surgeon

Qualifying from Edinburgh University in 1992, Stewart completed an internship in small animal Medicine and Surgery at the prestigious Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Ontario, Canada. On his return to the UK, following work in referrals and emergency practices, Stewart founded the Petcare group of clinics.

Stewart was previously a Director of the London Veterinary Forum and is currently on the steering committee for Vesture. Stewart has a further qualification in arbitration that allows him to carry out expert witness work. He regularly attends continuing professional education courses, both in the UK and abroad.

In early 2012, after in house training by Dr Mike Hutchinson DVM and his Stem Cell team from the US, Stewart became the one of the first vets in the UK to carry out Adipose derived Stem Cell transplants, in a dog with osteoarthritis.

Stewart’s clinical work is now focused solely on the treatment of animals with osteoarthritis.

Stewart lives with Nicola, his daughter Honey, their dog Bear and their cats Maple and Pickles.

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Kelly O’Sullivan VN

Head Stem Cell Technician

Kelly is our head stem cell Nurse and carries out all the technical aspects of the stem cell activation as well as coordinating patient’s treatments.

A qualified nurse for more than 12 years Kelly joined the PetCare Group in 2011 as head veterinary nurse. As group head technician for all stem cell therapy she is responsible for client and animal liaison and for ensuring all treatments are carried out to the highest professional standard.

Kelly has received advanced training to develop her skills; specialising in stem cell therapy in-house laboratory work.

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Dr. James Bennett BSc(Hons) BVetMed(Hons) GPCert(FelP) LVI MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

James was awarded for graduating in the top of his class and worked for charities, referral clinics and private practices in the UK and abroad, before joining Petcare in 2011.

James has a post graduate qualification in feline practice and is further specialising in small animal surgery. This means he is able to take surgery, ultrasound and cardiology referrals from our other clinics. He is happiest when he sees a healthy pet leave the clinic after he signs off a difficult case.

James lives with his wife, baby daughter and a household busy with dogs, cats and fish.

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Lara Waterson

Group Practice Manager

Lara is our Group Practice Manager and has been working in veterinary practices for over 10 years.

Just as the veterinary staff take care of the animals, her role is to take care of the expanding number of practices, ensuring all our clients receive the best possible service and their pets receive the highest standards of care available.

Lara is always interested in hearing your feedback as we constantly look to improve our service to you and your pets. She also loves to sneak a few strokes and cuddles with your pets whenever she can!

Lara lives in Surrey with her husband and her very spoilt cat, Hobbes.


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