Holistic Veterinary Centre - Reiki, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Crystal Healing, Chinese and Western herbs, Nutrition

The Centre is situated at my Home at Babbinswood Farm where I live and work with my family and staff in a friendly and caring environment set amongst the beautiful Shropshire countryside.

Take a tour around Our website and contact us for further information. We would be delighted to meet you and your pet and help you to adopt an holistic approach to your pets future health and happiness

About Oakwood Veterinary Centre

Welcome to Oakwood Veterinary Centre where we combine the best of up-to-date diagnostic techniques, conventional veterinary medicine and surgery with a wide range of complementary therapies – including homeopathy, acupuncture, herbalism and Reiki healing. This integrated approach provides the best of care, individualised to your pets’ needs, to promote optimal health.

Our friendly team includes four vets, a practice manager, two qualified Veterinary nurses, two experienced auxiliary veterinary nurses, two trainees and a receptionist who work together to provide a caring and compassionate service for you and your pets.

As well providing a total care service for our own patients including 24 hour emergency cover, we are also prepared to take referral patients for complementary therapies from other veterinary surgeons, who continue to provide their primary and emergency care.

The centre is situated at home on the farm which means there is always someone on hand if an animal needs overnight care. It is set in a peaceful rural environment with plenty of car parking space as well as great dog walking places.

Meet the team

Oakwood Veterinary Centre was established in 1994 by vet Barbara Jones and one veterinary nurse, with the aim of integrating conventional and alternative therapies, particularly homeopathy and acupuncture.

Veterinary surgeons

Barbara Jones BVMS, MRCVS, VetMFHom

Barbara JonesBarbara graduated from Glasgow University Veterinary School in 1979. “I have always had an interest in natural healing methods and began to use homeopathy in 1987 after seeing its benefits in my own children. I studied at the Faculty of Homeopathy in London and attained membership in 1992. I provided a referral service for homeopathic treatment of animals from then and in 1994 opened Oakwood Veterinary Centre at my home, Babbinswood Farm to integrate the homeopathy into conventional veterinary medicine and surgery. At that time I also started to learn acupuncture to complement the other therapies. From 1995 until 1997 I studied with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Association, passing the written and practical examinations at the end of the course. In 1995 I became attuned to 1st Degree Reiki and from 2006 to 2008 studied Western Herbal Medicine. Currently I am studying Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine and Plant Spirit Medicine which I hope to introduce into the centre later this year. My mission is to improve the health and well being of my patients as much as I am able.

Jeremy Dawes –BVetMed MRCVS

Jeremy DawesJeremy has worked part-time at Oakwood since September 2006. He qualified as a vet from London University in 1982 and brings years of experience, particularly for our patients that require surgery.

Practice Manager

Catherine Jones BSc

Catherine JonesCatherine is Barbara's daughter and before embarking on her degree in Geology with Marine Biology she worked at the practice doing what ever job needed to be done! Three years on and successfully completing university she is back working as Practice Manager, allowing Barbara to escape from the management tasks and to do what she does best and that's caring you and your pets!

"I am glad to be back working at Oakwood, I am learning all the time and growing my leadership and management skills, when I'm not in the office I enjoy kayaking, climbing and just generally being active!"

Office administration and Head receptionist

Joanne Farley – office administration and head receptionist

Joanne FarleyJoanne joined us in 2004 as receptionist. Since then she has assumed responsibility for insurance claims and more recently taken on more of the office administrative work.
I started to work in veterinary practice as a nurse in December 1990 and gained the pre-veterinary nurse qualification in 1995. Now I prefer to avoid the messy bits and do the paperwork! I started at Oakwood in 2004 and when I am not at work I am either renovating my house or riding my horse. I have a pony from the RSPCA who thinks he is the boss and two ginger cats: Toddy is very very naughty and his brother Georgie is an avid explorer

Helen Parrish RVN MBVNA –Head Nurse

Helen ParrishHelen joined us as a full time Head Nurse in September 2007
“I qualified as VN in 1996 and I have over 16 years of nursing experience. I am currently studying for a diploma in advanced vet nursing- surgical, with exams looming in 2009. At home I have 4 cats, 1 dog and a rabbit (all rescued)! I spend my time, when not caring for your animals, in my garden, horse riding and walking Tessa (my dog).”


Heather Pennock VN

Heather PennockHeather joined Oakwood in March 1999 as a qualified veterinary nurse. She has a particular interest in alternative therapies and has attained her 2nd degree Reiki level and also uses crystal therapies.

"My name is Heather Pennock. I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1998 after working with animals in a variety of settings and joined Oakwood in 1999. I have worked here part-time ever since with breaks for maternity leave and to gain experience in crystal healing; I have three children."

"In addition to my love of animals I have always had a keen interest and strong belief in complementary and holistic therapies. I have Reiki 1st and 2nd degree and a diploma in Crystal Healing; I have attended numerous other short courses in vibrational healing."

Helen Jones-Joined Oakwood in 1995.

Helen JonesHelen has trained as an auxiliary nurse and her care and attentiveness has proved a great comfort to patients and owners alike.

"Fourteen years ago I started work at Oakwood as an auxiliary veterinary nurse and I still love what I do. I love the nursing and the caring for our patients and working as part of our team. I also enjoy the contact I have with our patients’ owners. I have cats and various types of aviary birds which keep me busy when not at work".

Terri Bonson

TerriTerri has been a nurse at Oakwood since 2004 after gaining many years of experience in other practices around the country. Pictured here with her two dogs Bess and Ella, she also has a cat, Tabitha and enjoys riding her horse.

Katie Talbot

Katie Talbot“It all started back in 2001 when I did a week’s work experience from school at Oakwood. This gave me an insight into how a practice runs day to day and inspired me to pursue a career in veterinary nursing. I enrolled at Walford College and completed several animal care courses, one of them being a 2 year CTEC National Diploma in Animal Management. I even learnt how to drive a tractor! I completed a Veterinary Care Assistant course level 2. I am now employed full time as a trainee Veterinary Nurse at Oakwood, having started my Veterinary Nursing course at Rodbaston College in September 2008. At home we have 6 cats, two dogs, four rabbits, two guinea pigs, chickens and a pony! It is like a small zoo.”

Laura Biggar

Laura BiggarLaura also started as work experience student from school and continued after the week to come in after school to help out. When she left school she attended Walford College and completed Veterinary Care Assistant course level 2, doing her work placement at Oakwood. She continues to work part-time at Oakwood while waiting for the next level of her course at Walford to take place.

Tanda Wilson-Clarke

Tanda works behind the scenes keeping the accounts of the practice up to date.


Oakwood Veterinary Centre was set up in 1994 by the present owner Barbara Jones with veterinary nurse friend Marion Evans. Right from the start the intention was to integrate complementary therapies into the best of conventional care.

Barbara had already been using homeopathic treatments for her patients for many years, latterly on a referral basis from other vets, but she, her husband Richard and Marion put their heads together and developed the idea of providing a more complete service, providing the conventional care when needed as well. The three of them drew up the plans and made some alterations to convert part of the farmhouse and outbuildings into a veterinary centre. Investments were made in diagnostic equipment for x-rays and blood testing, so we could get a diagnosis as quickly as possible, theatre equipment for operations and comfortable kennelling for in-patients.

In August 1994, the doors opened and Barbara and Marion devoted themselves full time to the practice. A little while later Barbara trained in veterinary acupuncture to broaden the therapies that were available. Over the years other complementary therapies have been added, including Reiki healing, and herbal treatments, crystal healing and cranial osteopathy (by arrangement with Lynn Louis, Osteopath). Marion trained other nurses for the practice and then, after some years, she moved on to a career in human nursing, although still keeps in touch and has done occasional locum work for us. During the foot and mouth disease outbreak in 2001 we decided to move away from the farm temporarily, for the safety of the stock on the farm and moved into premises in Oswestry town. We were away for 10 months and during this time we took the opportunity to upgrade and expand the facilities at Babbinswood Farm, putting in extra consulting rooms and enlarging the kennels, laboratory and operating facilities. The practice has grown to its present size, trying to meet the increasing demand for both the complementary and conventional therapies in this relaxed and pretty rural environment.


  • Large consulting rooms – provides a more relaxed atmosphere
  • Our in-house laboratory with blood analysis equipment
  • Digital X-ray facilities
  • Ultra sound scanner and endoscope
  • Modern dental equipment including x-ray
  • Fully equipped operating theatre with up-to-date safe anaesthesia
  • Cardiac and respiratory monitors, pulse oximeter
  • Computerised records and accounts
  • Laser for wound healing and acupuncture therapy
  • Electro-acupuncture
  • Ample parking space
  • Set in countryside – great for walking dogs

Hospitalisation facilities for patients who need continued or overnight care

We have a warm and comfortable room of ‘kennels’ for patients who need to be kept in for operations or treatment. Our nurses do their best, not only to attend to their medical needs and comfort but also to ensure that they get the loving attention they need to help speed their recovery. Where appropriate, Reiki healing is offered to patients while they stay. As Barbara lives on premises , close supervision of inpatients is readily available around the clock. Should I be away for any reason, another vet or nurse will be in attendance.

If your pet has to stay for a longer period, we encourage you to visit them to cheer them up and let them know they are not forgotten!

Home Visits

In general we prefer your pets to be brought to the surgery for examination and treatment, where we have better facilities and equipment to deal with your pet’s requirement to hand. It also enables us to attend to the needs of more patients in a day if we do not spend a lot of time on the road – and it saves you the extra cost of home visit!

We find most local taxi firms are willing to bring owners and pets to the surgery but if transport is a problem we can arrange for one of our staff to collect you pet with or without you and return them after they have been seen by a vet.

There will be occasions when it is in the best interests of your pet to be seen at home and we will obviously do our best to oblige.