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Vets4Pets Torquay

Meet the Torquay Vet team

Ardia Vilijoen Torquay JVP

A.D. Viljoen BVSc GPCert(SAM) MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon & Partner

My initials also serve as my name and when pronounced in my home language Afrikaans this sounds near enough like 'Ardia'. I have been practising as a vet for 11 years, about half of that time in my home country South Africa and the last 5 years in the UK. I am a firm believer in Relationship-Centred Care in which all treatment options for any condition are discussed with the animal's owner, after which a joint decision on which option is best for the animal and their owner is made between the vet and the client.

I gained extensive knowledge working as a lecturer for a few years in a gold standard academic hospital in South Africa. During this time I also ran a weekly bush clinic, parking a car and trailer under a tree in the African bush and dealing with whatever animals were presented to me for treatment. I also worked all over South Africa as a contract worker in mixed animal practice and I made the move to dealing with pet animals exclusively at the same time as I moved to the UK. In London I was based in one of the best rated practices for client service in the country for two and a half years.

I enjoy maintaining my broad experience base in small animal practice and doing so at a high standard. I have a General Practitioners Certificate in Small Animal Medicine which means I have undertaken further study on how to deal with more complicated medical cases. I enjoy doing ultrasound and general surgery and, as I am conscious that referral is not an option for every client, I also maintain my skills in routine orthopaedic surgery.

Three years ago I moved to Exeter to start a family and, together with my wife and daughter, we are very excited to have made our more recent move to Torquay. We have a very special and demanding cat called Pixie, originally a patient that eventually came home with me. Pixie enjoys endlessly provoking our dog, Lefienja, who is a young boxer-collie cross. Lefienja is both very busy and very stubborn. When asked as to what we were thinking at the time we got this particular cross-breed, our answer is "we are not quite sure" but we love her to bits and she is our daughter's favourite thing in the whole wide world.

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Amy Campbell-Gilles RVN

Head Veterinary Nurse

I love this Vets4Pets team I have joined. They are a truly a wonderful bunch! 

I have been nursing for 13 years now and I still love it. I qualified in 2010 and as a clinical coach I have the privilege of helping and teaching student veterinary nurses. I

 have always had animals and couldn’t imagine my life without them. I love dogs and horses but my husband says I’m a crazy cat lady which I would probably have to agree with. We have 2 cats; Bagheera and Finn. I love sports especially horse riding and snowboarding but unfortunately due to health reasons can no longer take part. So now I enjoy playing the piano, watching films, baking and spending time with my friends and family. 

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Emma McGuirl RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

As soon as I left school I knew this is what I wanted to do, so I went straight into an animal nursing assistant course which helped me get my first veterinary job in Exeter! Moving from receptionist to student veterinary nurse a few years later, I then moved to Vets4pets Torquay in 2015 to continue and later finish my training!

I am now a qualified veterinary nurse as of the beginning of 2017! This was always my dream and it is great to do it with such a wonderful team behind me! 

Working full time at Vets4pets Torquay as a veterinary nurse is great! Working so closely with clients through every step of their pets care is so satisfying and seeing the difference that I can make is so rewarding! I am also a clinical coach, helping train our future nurses. I look forward to sharing my experiences and knowledge with both clients and colleagues every day

I currently live at home in Exeter with my parents and fiance, my British short hair cat; Bailey, my hamster; Sheldon and my newest addition, a Bengal cat; Harvey!