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Vets4Pets Dorchester

Meet the Dorchester Vet Team

Aimee Elsden

Aimee Elsden BVetMed CertAVP (SAM) MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon & Partner

Aimee graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2008 and gained extensive experience working in a busy Veterinary Hospital in Dorset. She enjoys investigating medical cases and has completed the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Small Animal Medicine). This prestigious further qualification is awarded by the RCVS, the governing body of veterinary surgeons, and involves a huge amount of additional study and examinations to prove expertise and experience within the field of small animal medicine.

Away from the excitement of running the practices she enjoys exploring Dorset, swimming and riding her horse called Dave!

Anna Warren

Anna Warren BVetMed (Hons) MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon and Partner

Anna grew up in Devon and graduated with Honours from the Royal Veterinary College in 2005. Following several years in mixed practice in Bedford Anna relocated to the South Coast to develop her skills in a busy Veterinary Hospital in Dorset. She then gained considerable surgical experience over 3 years working at the PDSA Hospital in Portsmouth.

Anna has a particular interest in diagnostic imaging (ultrasound and radiography) and small animal surgery.

In her spare time Anna enjoys exploring the Jurassic Coast on foot, playing golf, cycling and early morning beach runs!

James Gould BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2008 and has since worked in a number of practices both in the UK and abroad, he particularly enjoyed his time spent doing charity work overseas.

In his spare time James enjoys fishing, walking his Lurcher Alfie, and has recently taken up paragliding.

Alfonso Candenas BVS MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon 

Alfonso graduated from the Valencia University (Spain) in 2011. Following several years working in a busy mixed hospital in the Midlands. He then relocated to a small animal practice in Bournemouth. 

Alfonso has interest in Small animal surgery although he is a keen “all-rounder”. 

In his Spare time Alfonso enjoys walking his black labrador “Monty”, swimming and exploring Dorset. 

Kathryn O'Connor

Student Veterinary Nurse

Kathryn joined us following a period of work experience and has now become a permanent member of the team. She has recently completed a course in animal management at Kingston Maurward College. 

She has a rescue dog called Ellie and three cats. In her spare time she enjoys reading, walking and watching films.

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Shakira Brading

Client Service Manager

Shakira has been working for Vets4Pets since February of 2016, having just moved down from London after five years living and studying there. 

She trained in Performing arts but has always had a love for animals. Her family run a cattery and small animal boarding business on Portland which she regularly helps out with. Shakira worked alongside Battersea Cats and Dogs Home in London whilst working at Pets at Home, helping them to re-home animals on a daily basis. 

She has two cats, Merlin a Maine Coon cross and Barbos the tabby. 

In her spare time she teaches dance and helps clean out her family ducks!

Jessica Chitty


Jessica started working with Vets4Pets in October 2017, having previously worked in various other industries. 

She is currently studying for her Business and Management Level 4 and wished to put this into practice alongside her love of animals. 

In her spare time she enjoys visiting local zoos and wildlife parks, as well as spending time with her sister and goddaughter