Philip Lhermette BSc (Hons) CBiol FRSB BVetMed FRCVS is the principal and founder of Elands Veterinary Clinic, near Sevenoaks in Kent. After completing an honours degree in animal physiology at the University of Nottingham in 1977, Philip went on to complete his degree in veterinary medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 1982. Following four years in mixed practice in Surrey Philip moved to Kent to establish his own practice which moved to new purpose-built premises in 2010.
Philip has a particular interest in surgery – and more specifically, minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery using both rigid and flexible endoscopes. Philip trained with human minimally invasive surgeons in the UK and veterinary endoscopists in the USA. Having practised rigid endoscopy since 1995, Philip has extensive experience in endoscopy and endosurgery and has run a referral service since 2001. He pioneered laparoscopic bitch spays and laser endosurgery in veterinary medicine in the UK, is author and editor of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Endoscopy and Endosurgery and has contributed to numerous other publications. He is special lecturer in endoscopy and endosurgery at the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and lectures extensively in minimally invasive techniques throughout the UK, Europe and Asia. In 2011 Philip received the BSAVA Simon Award for outstanding contributions in the field of veterinary surgery and in 2016 he was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary surgeons for meritorious contributions to clinical practice.