At Charis Vets we understand that pets are not mere add-ons to a family but rather an integral part of it. We provide holistic veterinary care to strengthen that family bond.

We do not believe in a ‘one-size fits all’ concept, when it comes to Veterinary care and medicine. Each individual animal, even within the same species, is very unique. So, at Charis Vets, we tailor make each of our services to meet each of these unique, different and complex animal needs.



We have a very holistic veterinary approach towards all our furry companions. We believe strongly that every animal’s immune system has the capacity to fight disease and we assist in enhancing this natural process. Therefore, we are against excessive medical and preventative interventions, such as excessive vaccinations and excessive antibiotic therapies.

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A little cat meowing at the front door of an apartment and a dog in the bedroom space of a seven-year-old drove Mr. & Mrs. Thomas crazy. The tenants sharing their same apartment block often wondered why they found cats and kittens in the stairways of their building, as if looking for a long lost friend. This was the beginning of a passionate career for a seven-year- old lad – Hansel.

But the story actually began years earlier, when Hansel (who was then petrified of animals) visited his family friends who owned a four-year-old mixed breed Bahraini desert dog, called ‘Jacky’. Hansel was always fascinated yet terrified of animals, (especially Jacky,) and always hid whenever he saw him. But that evening, he decided to muster up all the courage he could find, while standing on top of the two foot high sofa so that he was high up off the ground, with his eyes closed and hand stretched out, to get a feel of Jacky as he passed by. The moment he touched Jacky and looked into his eyes, the fears melted away and a strange fascination and passion for care of animals was born in Hansel.

Since then, throughout his childhood he would care for lost and abandoned animals and volunteer at the BSPCA animal shelter in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Soon, it was obvious to him and all onlookers that he was born to administer veterinary care and compassion to animals. So, choosing a career path was a piece of cake for Hansel and he soon went to Vet School in Bangalore and completed his Masters from Edinburgh University, UK.

Charis Vets was a dream for many years that started in the hearts of Hansel and his wife Elizabeth. Veterinary care on the island was either too expensive or incompetent. And they longed to make professional veterinary expertise available to everyone at an affordable cost.

Meet our


Dr. Hansel Geo Thomas BVSc & AH, MS (UK)

Senior Veterinary Surgeon

He is ever passionate about small animals. Because of this passion, Dr. Hansel has been an active volunteer at the BSPCA from the age of 8 years. As a veterinary practitioner, Dr.Hansel is known for his peculiar style of diagnosis. He has a friendly way around his patients and their owners, and, as he is extremely caring, breaks down information for better understanding. As much as he practices Science of Medicine, he believes in going as natural as possible. Dr. Hansel is a licensed veterinarian in Bahrain and his repertoire includes several years of experience working with small animals, large animals and exotics. He is also a falconer. Dr. Hansel holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Edinburgh, UK. As he has a special interest in small animal gynecology and homeopathy, he actively pursues cases in these disciplines.


Sneha Susan Chandy

Clinic Administrator

Susan is our creative Clinic Administrator. She loves to connect the dots between clients and the doctors. So if you have a query, she is the go to person. She’s all about management of schedules, finance and customer relations. She is the conduit of information and the voice on the phone.


Cladys Lantaya Tejada

Clinic Assistant

Cladys plays an important role by assisting during all surgeries. She is also part of the House Visit team and you can be rest assured your pets are in her good hands. She has a very good knowledge about maintaining aquariums and terrarium plants. Her cheerful nature is loved by every animal who walks into the clinic.


Amde Gemechu Bulita

Clinic Supervisor

He is the ‘strong hand’ in our team. He holds together the activities of Charis Vets. Amde has an eye for excellence. Credit for the set up and spick and span look of the clinic goes to Amde. He assists the vets and other staff to ensure smooth running of the clinic. He manages the purchases and stocks of vet supplies at the clinic. Amde is an avid falconer himself and also has experience in equine handling.

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