Dr Martin McDowell DrVetMed MRCVS
Companion Animal Veterinary locum

Current availability

My approximate availability is from the week commencing after the 2016 BSAVA congress and June 13th to 26th 2016.

However as my situation can change please contact me for further details.

Locum Services

My name is Martin McDowell DrVetMed MRCVS and I am an experienced small animal veterinary surgeon offering vet locum services in England and Wales.


I have 10 years of experience in practising small animal veterinary medicine both in the UK and abroad. I worked for 5 years in a small animal practice in Wales until 2012, after which I started locuming across the UK.


If you would require my locum services and would like more information, please get in touch with me through this contact form. My CV and references are available on request.

Client feedback from work at Prospect Vets in Halifax

We just wanted to say how brilliant Dr McDowell was! He saw us well before the time and he was so very caring and nothing seems too much trouble. The service we received was above our expectations.

Client feedback from work at Prospect Vets in Halifax

… we appreciated that you were gentle with Tiger in the last minutes of her life and that you showed real concern for her well being throughout.
Thank you.

Locum work

My name is Martin McDowell DrVetMed MRCVS and I am a fully qualified veterinary surgeon in the UK. I have also been actively involved with the WVS in January 2015 by doing veterinary voluntary work at the Carriacou Animal Hospital. Read more on my personal blog here



  • RCVS registration no. 6441157
  • I am surgically and medically competent.
  • I hold the OCQ(V) – CA (Companion Animals) official veterinarian qualification, valid until 31st March 2019 (SP-194217)
  • I have no specific location preference but would concentrate on areas of England (up to about Manchester and Leeds) and Wales.
  • I have a full and valid UK driving licence.
  • I have my own professional indemnity insurance for 100% domestic pets (risk group D) through VDS (indemnity limit £250,000)
  • I have incorporated a limited company for trading Pet Doc Martin Ltd. (more information on the company HERE)
  • I have my own car but I am only insured for commuting to and from the workplace. Additional charges may apply.
  • I require the use of sterile surgical gloves for sterile procedures except cat castrates. My glove size is 7.5.
  • Locuming since January 2012
My own kit

To make things easier I have some own kit:

  • Littmann Classic II Paediatric Stethoscope (not the one on the photo)
  • Littauer 11cm stitch removal scissors
  • 5″ dressing removal scissors
  • stitch-cutting scissors
  • own smart short-sleeve consulting shirts
  • surgical scrub tops (non-sterile)
  • iM3 winged dental elevator set (1-6mm) – charges apply for use of this equipment
Personal details

Some more personal stuff:

  • Age: 43
  • Nationality: UK/British
  • Based in: Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK

About Pet Doc Martin Ltd.

About the Company

  • Incorporated in January 2012
  • Registered in England and Wales, no. 897095
  • VAT no. 127 9940 79
  • Registered Address: The Apex, 2 Sheriffs Orchard, Coventry, CV1 3PP (this is NOT the address where Martin is based)
  • Accountant: Evens & Co. LTD, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire
  • Accountancy and invoicing system: SageOne (cloud-based system)

About the Website

  • Application: WordPress running on a LAMP stack
  • Theme: Coalition by Kriesi
  • Infrastructure: Amazon AWS, running a T2 micro Amazon Linux AMI on their EU-WEST data-centre based in Ireland. Standard LAMP stack installed on the AMI.



Book a locum

or send directly to locuming@petdocmartin.co.uk

Past work

Sole charge

  • Pet Doctors, Hampshire
    Consultations and surgery, 8 days
  • Abbey vets, Shropehsire
    Consultations and surgery, 2 weeks
  • Prospect Vets, Halifax
    Consultations and surgery, intermittent locums from 2012 – present
  • Kingston Veterinary Centre, Pembrokeshire
    Consultations and surgery, 9 weeks
  • West Farm Vets, Glamorgan
    Mostly consultations, 1 week
  • Harrier Vets, Hamble-le-Rice
    Consultations and surgery, 14 weeks

Multi-vet practices

  • PDSA Vet Savers, Northamptonshire
    Consultations and surgery, 5 days
  • Medivet, Norfolk
    Consultations and surgery, 2 weeks
  • Lydon Veterinary Centre, Birmingham
    Some consultations, mostly surgical, 4 days + 4 weeks
  • David F. Wadsworth Veterinary Surgeons
    Consultations and surgery, 20 days
  • The Fenton Veterinary Practice, Pembrokeshire
    Consultations and surgery, 35 days
  • Gourley (CVS), Manchester
    Consultations and surgery, 5 weeks
  • Rufford Vets, Lancashire and Merseyside
    Consultations and surgery, 6 weeks
  • Congleton Veterinary Centre, Cheshire
    Consultations and surgery, 16 weeks (my longest locum yet!)
  • Haygate vets, Shropshire
    Consultations and surgery, 5 weeks
  • Shepherds, South Wales
    Consultations and surgery, 4 weeks
  • Victoria Vets, Derbyshire
    Consultations and surgery, 6 weeks + 4 weeks + 6 weeks + 2 weeks
  • Blackberry Vets, Surrey
    Consultations, 1 week