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Meet The Dorchester Vet Team | Vets4Pets

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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.

Vikki Stoddart RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Vikki originates from Shropshire and after completing the National Certificate of Veterinary Care Assistants in 2007. She studied two more years for the National Diploma of Animal Management. This was followed by the Foundation Degree of Veterinary Nursing at Harper Adams University, qualifying in 2012.

Vikki has had a wide variety of pets in the past: gerbils, leopard geckos, rats and dogs. At the family home she helped look after hedgehogs and other wildlife, and during college she also worked at an exotics petshop mainly taking care of snakes and lizards.

She currently has young sprocker spaniel called Toby, who just loves playing at the park with a tennis ball and long walks in the countryside and by the sea.

Kathryn O'Connor

Veterinary Care Assistant

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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Leah Jones


Leah has held various positions in customer service roles. She has previously worked in retail sales, front of house and as a stewardess. Leah also loves animals and has a number of them at home, including dogs, cats, tortoises, guinea-pigs and rabbits. In her spare time Leah loves to keep active and spend time with her family and friends.

Shakira Brading


Shakira has just moved down from London after 5 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 mainecoon cross and Barbos the tabby. In her spare time she teaches dance and helps clean out her family ducks!