Meet the team...


Practice Manager

Jedda Ford Jedda-918

Working as both Practice Manager and a Veterinary Nurse is time consuming and rewarding, with a passion for animals and a commitment to their welfare Jed thrives in this busy Afterhours Clinic.

She has a Jack Russell Cross, a Dachshund and four cats at home as well as her energetic family. Outnumbered with her Welsh husband and four sons, Jed is always busy on the weekends with sports however she loves downtime with the kids, friends and contributing to her community wherever possible including frequent overseas volunteer trips to nurse underprivileged community animals.


Head Nurse

Kirsty Spemann CVNKirsty-878

Kirsty joined the team in 2013, and quickly took up the role of head nurse. She has worked in various different clinics across Auckland, including SPCA and both large animal and equine mixed practice clinics.

Kirsty loves the fast paced, challenging work that MAHVC brings. Her special interests include nursing critical patients and difficult anaesthetics. Outside of work Kirsty is kept busy with a young family, horses and more animals than she is willing to admit to owning.


Melissa Alley - BVSc Belgrade 1994, NZNVE 1998, MACVSc

Melissa graduated as a veterinarian in 1994, becoming a Member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Small Animal Internal Medicine in 2007 and has obtained her Master’s degree in Veterinary Medicine with Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

She has a special interest in small animal (cat and dog) medicine as well as soft tissue surgery and is committed to providing the highest quality, up-to-date veterinary care for your pets. Out of work Susan enjoys spending time with her family, tramping, going to the gym, travelling and socializing.



Mary-Ruth Doole - BVSc Massey 1988, BAgrSc (Hons)

Ever since Mary-Ruth was 7 years old, she was fascinated by animals, their health, breeding and management. By the age of 8, together with her sister, she had set up a guinea pig breeding programme and knew deep down that she wanted to be a Vet. Throughout her career as a professional veterinarian, she has enjoyed being in both farm and companion animal practices.

Owning a clinic in Parnell for nearly 10 years, Mary-Ruth has found emergency medicine to be both challenging and rewarding. She can be found on her farm in Awhitu tending to her small herd of pedigree Herefords, planting regenerating bush, training her German Shepherd rescue dogs and at film festivals.


Susan Crow - BVSc 1998 Massey University

Having worked as both a farm and small animal vet over the years Susan has found the challenge of working in the after-hours emergency environment to be the most engaging for her. She says "It is a great satisfaction to be able to help pets and their owners when they most need it. Although we deal with many sad situations, the brave and lovely pets and people make it all worthwhile".

In her downtime Susan likes to be in or on the sea, or spending time with her lovely husband and their small dog. In addition, she is currently re-learning to ride horses again after a few years off - right now they are teaching her new levels of patience, fitness and humility!



Sophie Dunn- BVSc Sophie-928

Sophie graduated as a vet from Massey University in 2015. Originally from Dunedin, she now lives in Te Aroha and works full time there as a mixed animal vet - working with both farm and small animals. She loves the excitement and variety of cases she gets to see working at Manukau After Hours and is keen to provide a high standard of care to each patient.

Outside of work, Sophie can either be found in the gym or enjoying the outdoors, exploring new places around the country.


Anna Worthington - BVSc Anna Jolly-460-805

Anna grew up in a Veterinary Dynasty. Her Dad was one of the legendary founding Professors on the Massey University Veterinary school, (and still there, albeit casually, at 86 years old), both her brothers are Veterinarians, and her Mum was a technician on staff for many years. So it was inevitable that she would also don the scrubs and follow suit.

She has found her niche in small animal medicine and, after a career hiatus to bring up her three kids, is thriving in the busy and stimulating environment of Emergency Medicine. Anna is always keen to upskill, going to Conferences, reading constantly, viewing Webinars, and asking management for New Kit! She loves her patients and is prepared to fight for the best of outcomes for them, and loves trying to help people help their loved pets.

When not at work, she is an Elder at St. Columba Presbyterian church where she has been an active part of the Leadership Team, and wastes time watching her Labradoodle Arliss engage in mortal combat with her young cat Mowgli. Oh and of course she is a 24/7 Domestic Slave, along with hubby Rob, to their 3 teenagers.



Kylie Kim - BVSc Kylie Kim-510-448-938

Kylie graduated from Massey university in 2013 and worked in a clinic for 2 years before embarking on a 2 year trip to the UK. She worked in many different clinics across the country and also travelled extensively through Europe.

Kylie loves helping people and animals in need! Working at an emergency clinic provides a very challenging and rewarding environment for her, so she enjoys being at MAHVC.

In her spare time, Kylie enjoys getting out and about, appreciating nature, and spending some down time doing yoga and soul searching.


Jake Kim
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Upon graduation from Massey University in 2013, Jake went on to pursue a small animal rotating internship in Brisbane where he gained a wealth of knowledge working alongside specialists in a busy referral hospital. On completion, he returned to Auckland and has been a part of the emergency department in a large, multi-discipline specialist hospital. Jake has recently made a move to work as a government veterinarian full time, where he ensures and advocates for the welfare of our furry companions being transported to and from New Zealand. While finding pleasure in assisting owners and pets in their health and time of need at Manukau After Hours Veterinary Clinic, he also spends his free time travelling, keeping fit, and searching for the best eateries in Auckland.


Veterinary Nurse

Katy Lodge

Katy moved from the UK in 2007 and joined MAHVC the following year. Katy has a real passion for emergency veterinary nursing and all the hard work & challenges it brings, she has a special love for all animals but has a keen interest in birds & the small fluffy pets. Katy also pops up at a few daytime clinics around Auckland where she is a cover/locum nurse.

When not working Katy can be found busy at home with her own menagerie, studying one of her many interests & doing craft work. Any free time she spends enjoying beach walks or out fishing with her two dogs, two sons & her husband.

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Rachael Turner

Rachael is an experienced vet nurse who has been working in the industry for over 12 years. She has recently moved back from Australia with her Husband and Daughter where she worked as a vet nurse in Perth and Melbourne for 3 years. Rachael's passion has always been animals and educating owners on how to take care of them.

When Rachael is not working you will find her spending time with her family and fur babies, Dallas and Sage.


Veterinary Nurse

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Nicole is a qualified Veterinary Nurse, completing her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing through Unitec in 2010. She also has a Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in Animal Management and Welfare.

She loves working with animals and has worked with both large and small animals however, small animals are definitely her passion and she's always willing to give pats and cuddles!

Veterinary Nurse

Michelle McKenzieMichelle McKenzie-349-919

Michelle worked in polo for 10 years before studying at Vet Nurse Plus and settling into 'clinic life' in Pukekohe in 2014, where she worked full time before joining MAHVC this year.
Michelle really enjoys the nursing side of the job, in particular in-house patients. “Seeing what we do, making a difference and sending a happier pet home is such a good feeling!”
In her spare time, she enjoys walking her two bouncy boxers - Alfie and Sheldon, playing polo on her horse Jett and travelling, although random road trips with her boyfriend and boxers are her ideal weekend away.
Michelle hopes to recharge the brain and do her Diploma Nursing course in 2018.

Veterinary Nurse

Angela DrowerAnge Drower-878-204-867

Angela has been a vet nurse for about 12 years, and finds the job rewarding. She loves watching the animals recover and leaving the clinic well, or fostering those that wouldn’t get a chance. She also looks forward to continuing education.

It was by chance that her first part time job was in a vet clinic and from that vet nursing is what she has continued to do.

Angela loves the outdoors, whether it be gardening or walking on the beach and when not working at the After-hours clinic, she loves socialising with her friends and family and watching her children grow.

Veterinary Nurse

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Stacey qualified as a Vet Nurse at the end of 2016 and has worked at MAHVC ever since then and absolutely loves it. She decided to become a vet nurse as she loves animals and appreciates the fact that as a vet nurse she has the ability to help animals that cannot help themselves.

When Stacey is not working at the After-hours clinic she is either on her farm enjoying time with her four dogs or on the netball court.


Veterinary Nurse

Kim WatsonKim (4)-542

Kim is a qualified vet nurse, completing her Certificate in Veterinary Nursing through Vet Nurse Plus in 2013. She joined the team about 3 years ago and enjoys the experience it is giving her. Kim has a background of working with horses over the last 20 years which led her to working in America for 3 years with the racehorses. She was also a successful harness racing trainer during this time.

In Kim's free time she enjoys socializing with her friends and family and reading a good book!! She has had pets for most of her life but none at the moment, although she says it’s hard not to take any of the little kittens’ home with her!!

Veterinary Nurse

Jaskarn Singh

Jas has recently graduated from Massey University with a degree in veterinary technology. She has always wanted to become a vet nurse because of her love for animals and desire to help them. The thing she most enjoys about nursing is seeing the patients improve over time and knowing she has made a contribution towards that.

Outside of work she enjoys travelling and spending time with her family and her fur babies. She also enjoys drinking lots of tea and reading a good book. 


Veterinary Nurse

Charlotte Castle

Charlotte is currently completing her Diploma, which will be done in November this year.

She enjoys the variety and fast pace of emergency nursing, and working with such a supportive and caring team.

She volunteers for NZ Animal Evac and is working her way through the training to be part of the field deployment team, NZ’s only animal evacuation charity.

She currently has a bird and 2 cats and was raised on a dairy farm in Hunua.

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, her energetic 5 year old, op-shops, coffee and 50s pin up fashion.


Veterinary Nurse

Bronwyn Armstrong

Meet Bronwyn! Bronwyn is one of our experienced emergency nurses. Bronwyn graduated in 1999 from the Royal Veterinary College in London. She worked in general practice for several years. In 2000, She started working for the Blue Cross Animal Hospital in London, a large charity helping the homeless and people on benefits care for their pets, which she absolutely loved. Bronwyn then joined the Royal Veterinary College the Queen Mother Animal Hospital in 2007 and worked in their critical care unit until 2010 where she immigrated to NZ. She prides herself on providing a high standard of patient care and loves to teach. She is currently work toward her Vets Nows City and Guilds Certificate Emergency and Critical Care. Bronwyn's family includes her 4 children (Chloe, Ophelia, Violet and Mac), her lovely husband, her 2 dogs (Mollie and Poppy), 3 cats (Elliot, Eddy, Emily) and her 8 chooks! (Viola, Esnat, Dorkas, Rosemary, Penpen, Nagoia, Woppie and Agnus!).