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Meet The Torquay Vets Team | Vets4Pets

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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Sue Halloway

Practice Manager

Although I have had various jobs throughout my 30 years of employment, it was always a childhood choice of career for me to work with animals; circumstances took me overseas, but now it is great to have the opportunity to work in a Vet Practice. I have been with Vets4Pets Torquay since the day we opened and have enjoyed every minute of it. We have such great clients and the patients are adorable.

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Kiley Green

Deputy Manager

Working with animals has always been my life long dream. After school, I studied Animal Care for 3 years. This led me to work as a farm ranger and more recently, as a deputy cattery manager for a local rescue centre. I took some time out to be with my beautiful children and husband, but once they started school I decided to go back to work. I started in the Pets At Home store but jumped at the chance to train as a Veterinary Nurse with Vets4Pets. Through my experiences, I have gained extensive knowledge on cat behaviour and all things small and furry. Every day I look forward to coming to work and meeting all the wonderful pets and owners that come in!

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Jaime Gill

Veterinary Care Assistant

For me, a career working with animals has always been essential; however, the specific discipline I wanted to work in was less obvious to me until later on in life.

It wasn’t until I completed a BSc in Biology and Animal behaviour at Exeter University in 2011, and an internship at Paignton Zoo shortly after, that I decided to focus my time and passion on a career involving the care of animals. My position as a Veterinary Care assistant here at Vets4Pets has allowed me to do just that. It is a highly rewarding role and I have already learnt so much about the importance of preventative healthcare from the team since starting in the summer of 2015.

Growing up I have always been in the company of animals. The family dog, Pepé, a Weimaraner now 13 years old, has been with me through the majority of my childhood. He is regarded as a member of the family.

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Lynzi Phillips

Student Veterinary Nurse

My career with animals started in 2008, when I completed a BSC in Animal Science at the University of Plymouth; I then proceeded to work for a horse sanctuary for 6 years where the care and well-being of rescue horses and ponies was the main focus of my job.

The opportunity to work for Vets4Pets then came along and I grabbed it with both hands because working in veterinary care has always been my dream and helping poorly pets is what I have always wanted to do. I first joined Vets4Pets as a Veterinary Care Assistant and am now lucky enough to have started my Veterinary Nurse training which I am really embracing. Two aspects of my job I am particularly enjoying are running our Weight Clinics and Puppy Parties.

I have many pets of my own including 2 horses called Sting and Blue, and a Persian cat named Gizmo, I would have many more animals but I don’t think my partner would let me!

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Vix Lear

Veterinary Care Assistant

I think my love of animals must have been ingrained from birth, I can’t remember a time I did not have a furry, fluffy or even a scaly friend. I’m sure I have driven my parent’s, and now my husband, to despair with my collection of animals over the years. There have been bunnys, rats, degus, bearded dragons and snakes to name a few.

I live with my husband and our 3 equally animal mad children. Our animal collection is currently limited to a very tiny dog, a rather aloof cat, and a very naughty Dartmoor Pony. I spend my spare time riding, reading and going on long walks with my family.

I have had a few different jobs over the years, but there was only ever one job I truly wanted to do and that was to be a vet nurse. Thanks to Vets4Pets for giving me that opportunity, I’m now closer than ever to that goal.

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Becky Hadleigh

Veterinary Care Assistant

I have always had a huge love and respect for animals and as far back as I can remember I have always dug through the piles of wood before bonfire night checking for hedgehogs or rescuing injured animals. Through my school years my parents owned a grooming parlour and a cattery and I would spend all my spare time helping out - it was my life long dream to always be involved with animals.

When I left school I went to college and spent 3 years training to become a Beauty Therapist, whilst I decided that this career was not for me, I loved the massage and holistic side of the industry. I now use what I was trained to do on humans, on my pet dogs to help keep them calm. I have had other jobs ranging from working in hotels to owning a post office but have finally been given the opportunity to follow my dreams which I am truly grateful for.

I live with my Husband, 2 Children, 3 dogs, a rat, a rabbit, a bearded dragon and a corn snake called Kelloggs.

In my spare time I love to spend time with my family, baking and having fun and we all love to pack up a picnic and disappear for the day exploring and hiking with the dogs.

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Emma McGuirl

Student Veterinary Nurse

Now into my 2nd year of veterinary nurse training, I am beginning to notice my knowledge and skill set expanding rapidly and my enjoyment growing with it! Working full time in-practice and going to college can at times be demanding, but the satisfaction I get from helping people and their pets makes it all worthwhile.

In my free time I love to go swimming and spend as much time with my family and friends as I can. My best friend is 6 years old, has four legs, hogs the sofa, and is a Weimaraner called Ollie. Ollie loves to go on walks and one of his favourite places is around Exeter Quay and the surrounding areas.