Meet the team...

Practice Manager

Jedda Ford

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.


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.

Tanya Grey - BVSc 2004 Massey University

Tanya is the proud mum to two busy little boys. She loves the fast pace and challenges of emergency work, being part of a brilliant dedicated team, and most of all being able to help animals and their owners at a time when they need her the most. Tanya lives close to Waiuku on a small lifestyle block with her very tolerant husband, gorgeous wee boys, 1 retired greyhound, 1 cat, 6 sheep and far too many horses.

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!

Anna Worthington - BVSc

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.

Lawrence Dodi - BVSc, MSc (VIDC), MRCVS

Lawrence moved from the UK to New Zealand in early 2015 and settled in Pukekohe. He graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2001 and has worked in various veterinary practices in the UK and New Zealand. Lawrence's particular interests are surgery and exotic medicine. When he isn't at work, you'll find him travelling the world or closer to home running, practicing magic, making coffee or out in the mountains.

Max Clout - BVSc

Max graduated from Massey University in 2015. He is currently a mixed animal vet working full time in the Bay of Plenty and enjoys the variety that this role offers. As much as he loves getting out onto the farm and getting his hands dirty, Max is focusing on the smaller animals, currently completing his Master’s degree in companion animal surgery.
In his spare time, Max enjoys a raft of sports including squash, tennis, snowboarding, running, cycling, netball, rugby and adventure sports.
Veterinary Nurses
Kirsty Spemann CVN - Head Nurse
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.
Kim Watson
Kim is a qualified vet nurse, completing her Certificate in Veterinary Nursing through Vet Nurse Plus in 2013. She has only recently joined the team 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 its hard not to take any of the little kittens home with her!!
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.
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.
Nicole Naidu
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!
In her free time Nicole enjoys spending time with her family including her 4 fur babies, socialising and exploring the world. For the past 2 years she lived in London and spent her time travelling around the UK and Europe whilst also working as a Veterinary Nurse in a small animal practice.
Jaskarn Singh
Jas graduated from Massey University this year with a degree in Veterinary Technology. The thing she enjoys the most about nursing is seeing the patients improve overtime and knowing you have made a small contribution towards that.

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

Rachel Finlayson
Rachel is a qualified vet nurse with a Diploma in Vet Nursing from Unitec, Mt Albert. She graduated in 2012 and has since worked in a few different clinics as a full time nurse involved in all areas of the clinic from surgery to reception.

Rachel loves all areas of vet nursing but has to say that unlike a lot of nurses, she loves admin and reception. She lives with her husband in East Auckland, where she has 2 cats, Rainbow (who she named when she was 9) and Sadie, who was adopted from the SPCA.

When she is not working, Rachel loves spending time with her husband, close friends and finding new places to eat out.

Kendall Winchester
Kendall has been a qualified vet nurse since 2007. She has always enjoyed and appreciated the smile an animal can bring to one's face so naturally she was always going to work with animals.

While travelling and seeing different parts of New Zealand she has worked in the South Island and also Australia as a vet nurse. With a few years off, she has returned to vet nursing.

In her spare time she likes long walks on the beach, sun sets and mojitos or a toasty fire and red wine.