Meet Our Veterinary Team in Doha, Qatar
Dr. Samad Khan
DVM (USA, Canada, New Zealand & Qatar)
Dr. Khan has been the practice manager of The Veterinary Surgery since 2010 and has over 15 years of experience in small animal veterinary medicine. He especially enjoys working with internal medicine and cardiac cases. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in India, where he also earned a gold medal for graduating at the top of his class, and is licensed to practice in Ontario, Canada, and Illinois, United States.
To stay current on the latest updates in veterinary medicine, Dr. Khan attends various veterinary conferences every year, including the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA). His love and passion for animals has led him to countless memorable experiences in the field, including treating cheetahs occasionally. He has worked in almost every field of veterinary medicine, including bovine, equine, small animals, exotics, and poultry.
Dr. Khan is married with four children and has a white Persian mix cat named Panda and hospital rescued cat named Demi a three legged cat. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, running, cycling, and being a handyman. He also enjoys working with computer hardware and software.
Dr. John Warren
Dr. Warren joined our team as a veterinary surgeon in January 2008. He earned his Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree (BVetMed) from the University of Cambridge and is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS). He chose to pursue a career in veterinary medicine because of his love of animals, science, and problem solving.
After working as a veterinarian at The Veterinary Surgery in Doha for nearly a decade, he has come to enjoy the great unknown aspect of what will come through the door next. He also loves the help and dedication of the support staff and seeing animals that have been extremely sick return to a healthy and happy state.
Dr. Warren is married and has two children. He also has six cats and a dog named Maafi Mushkila. In his spare time, he serves as the chairman of Doha Singers and enjoys acting in musical theater with the Doha Players and playing a number of different sports. He is also a big James Bond fan.
Dr. Carmen Ali
BVSc (Australia)/MRCVS (UK)
Dr. Ali joined The Veterinary Surgery’s veterinary team in October 2010 with a special interest in internal medicine. She earned her Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree from the University of Sydney in Australia and is a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS) in the UK, the Australian Veterinary Association, the Australian Veterinary Practitioners Board, and the Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association. She has also completed several continuing education courses, including oncology, Time Out online courses, and post-graduate courses in internal medicine.
She has a keen interest in veterinary-client relations and is passionate about educating clients on their pets’ health issues with a compassionate, personalized approach. With the highly diverse population in Doha, she also gets the privilege of meeting people from all over the world. Her position as a veterinarian has allowed her to have many memorable experiences in the field, including working with cheetahs, African greys, and small turtles. She has always loved animals and had a genuine interest in helping those that are suffering.
At home, Dr. Ali has three cats named Dexter, Blue, and Bangala. She enjoys reading, walking, visiting museums and art exhibitions, and playing the piano in her spare time. In addition to becoming a veterinarian, one of her other greatest accomplishments was becoming a mother.
Dr. Rhoda Bester
BVSc (South Africa)
Dr. Bester began working with The Veterinary Surgery in 2017. She grew up in South Africa and had the opportunity to see all kinds of wildlife when she was young, and by age six, she knew she wanted to dedicate her life to helping animals.
Dr. Bester received her qualifications to practice veterinary medicine at Onderstepoort in 2009. She has experience working in research and private practice, and spent two years working in Hong Kong, where she gained valuable insight into complementary medicine and specialist surgery.
She adopted her soulmate, a rescue Poodle named Tess, while working in Hong Kong. They have been inseparable ever since. “It’s a rare thing to love what you do every single day of your life,” she says. “As a vet you are blessed to do exactly that.”
Dr. Valentina Fresta
BCVs, MD. (Italy)
Dr. Valentina is from Italy and she has been working as a Vet since 1999 in the field of small animal. She has been working abroad since the last 10 years travelling across the UK, AbuDhabi, Qatar and Oman. She has focused her studies in Abdominal Surgeries, Internal Medicine and Critical Care. Dr Valentina is an enthusiastic practitioner with determined will. Dr Valentina loves studying foreign languages during her spare time. Travelling and meeting diverse culture around the world is her second passion after animals.
Dr. Stephen Healy
Dr Stephen is an Irish vet. He qualified with honors in 2009 from Dublin School of Veterinary Science. He has worked in Ireland, the UK, and Australia in veterinary mobile practices, veterinary hospitals and emergency centers and also in animal shelters and charities in South East Asia. His special interests now are small animal medicine and dentistry. Alongside cats and dogs, he has a special love of rabbits.