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 Veterinarian

Elise Lenske  

Since having graduated from the U60132481 109128063651701 2554526194087231488 n-635niversity of Queensland in 2010 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science Elise has worked as a vet in Australia, most recently as a Senior Veterinarian and ICU Veterinarian at Animal Emergency Services and Pet Intensive Care Unit in Brisbane QLD.  She enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine and has a particular interest in critical care of the cardiac patient, ultrasound, investigation of complex medical cases and emergency surgery.
 
Elise is a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, in Emergency and Critical Care. She has also had her work published in a peer-review journal and presented at the ANZCVS Science Week last year.

In her spare time Elise enjoys photography, hiking and spending time with her Australian Shepherd, Hudson, and she is looking forward to heading to the mountains this winter to snowboard.

 

     

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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.

 

Veterinarian

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.

     
Veterinarian

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Emma graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2013. Having had enough of the Great British weather, she moved to New Zealand shortly after completing her degree. Whilst based in Whakatane, the variety and challenge of after-hours and emergency work lures her up to Auckland. Emma is always looking to expand her knowledge and abilities, and enjoys the contrast of working in a rural day time clinic as well as a city after-hours clinic.

In her spare time, Emma enjoys riding her bike, swimming, baking, and walking her Springer Spaniel – Maisy.

 

Veterinarian

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!

     

Veterinarian

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.
 

Veterinarian

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.

     

Veterinarian
 

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.

  Veterinarian

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.
     

Veterinarian

Milan Knezevic- MVDr, MRCVS, BSAVA PGCert SAM

Since graduating in 1997, Milan has had an exciting history working as a small animal vet in various countries across the world. He has worked in Hong Kong SPCA, neuter clinics in Micronesia and busy referral hospitals of Dallas and London. Most recently, Milan ran a clinic in the UK before returning back to New Zealand.

Milan enjoys working together with clients to achieve the best possible outcome for their pets wellbeing. He holds a post graduate certificate in small animal medicine at Nottingham University, and his special interests include small animal medicine and soft tissue surgery.

In his spare time, you can find Milan travelling, learning new languages and sport activities. An interesting fact about Milan; he was involved in saving National Park Skadar in Montenegro from damaging construction development.

 

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Veterinary Nurse

Rachael Turner

Rachael is an experienced vet nurse who has been working in the industry for over 16 years. 
Rachael lives locally with her husband and daughters, she has worked in several clinics around South Auckland as well as vet nursing 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 racing around after her two daughters and husband.

     

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. 

 

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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!

     

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

 

Veterinary Nurse

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Congratulations to Charlotte, who recently completed her diploma!

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

Kritika Gopal

Kritika joined MAHVC this year and is currently studying towards her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. She also has a Bachelor of ScieMAHVC-872-210nce majoring in Biological Sciences and Physiology.
She has a passion for animals, especially for her cat Tony, and a keen interest in emergency medicine.
Kritika also works for SPCA Auckland, and is very active in her community as a volunteer ambulance officer for St John.
In her spare time, Kritika enjoys cooking (and eating!), reading, travelling, and dressing Tony up in costumes.

 

Veterinary Nurse

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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

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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.