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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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Lucy Gutierrez DVM MRCVS

Senior Veterinary Surgeon

I am a British /American veterinarian, with 16 year’s experience in general small animal practice in California, USA.  I have a special interest in animal behaviour and the human /animal bond. I also particularly enjoy medicine, ophthalmology and soft tissue surgery.  The constant variety we see in small animal practice keeps my career interesting and keeps me wanting to always learn more.

My practice style is focussed on providing excellent quality medicine and prioritising client communication and education, so that every treatment plan is a joint decision.  I most value forging lifelong relationships with my patients and their human family members.

I have joined Vets4Pets Torquay in 2017, after moving with my husband and two children, our Chihuahua/pug mix “Pepita”  and two ginger tabby  cats Joshua and Simpkin ( who is 3-legged), all the way from the USA. I look forward to building a new life for us in this warm and friendly community on the beautiful Devon coast.

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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! 


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Kiley Green

Student Veterinary Nurse

Working with animals has always been my lifelong dream. After school, I studied Animal Care for three 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. 

I am now in my 2nd year of veterinary nurse training and loving every minute of it! From animal anatomy to monitoring anaesthetics, it is truly helping me to provide the best quality of care. 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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Sue Halloway

Student Veterinary Nurse

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.


Josie Dudley

Student Veterinary Nurse

More info to come!

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Becky Williams

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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Jaime Gill

Practice Manager

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 role as Practice Manager allows me to ensure we provide the best preventive healthcare for your pets. 

Growing up I have always been in the company of animals. The family dog, Pepé, a Weimaraner now 14 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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Grace Redfern 

Client Service Advisor

I have always loved and had animals around me all my life. My first pet was a goldfish called Ginger Spice and I now have a Big Boxer called Barry and a fat cat called Tiggs.

I have a Foundation Degree in the Arts but I was never fully satisfied with pursuing a career in this discipline. Having worked in retail for four years, I have gained great customer service and going above and beyond to help anyone as best as I can. Luckily this was seen by my new colleagues and I have now been given this amazing opportunity to work in a field that has always fascinated me. 

I now get to go to work excited every day to see to which lovely pets will be in and give them all lots of cuddles.


Lorraine Ellison

Receptionist

More info to come!