Meet the team
Rob qualified from the University of Pretoria in 1999 where he had met Riaan while studying. He came across in 1999 and worked in a mixed animal practice in Bedford for two years before joining Riaan in partnership in Companion Care in Norwich. He enjoys all aspects of the work but does have an interest in cat medicine. Outside of work, he enjoys cycling, running and spending time with my family at home in UK and South Africa.
Dr Riaan Ekkerd
Joint Venture Partner & Veterinary Surgeon
GP cert (surg) BVSC MRCVS
I qualified as a veterinarian in 1999 from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. I worked in a mixed animal practice in South Africa for one year, then decided to come to England for more experience and to see Britain and Europe. I did small locum work all over Britain for 2 years, and then decided to start Companion Care Norwich with Robert Walker in 2002.
Over the past few years I have developed a special interest in small animal dermatology and orthopaedic surgery.
When not at work I enjoy doing endurance sports like triathlon, running and cycling. I also enjoy spending time at home with my family, and two cats Beanie and Ozzy.
Dr Anri Walker
Joint Venture Partner & Veterinary Surgeon
GP cert (surg) BVSC MRCVS
Dr Marli Ekkerd
Joint Venture Partner & Veterinary Surgeon
Michael qualified as a vet from the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 2007, after completing an BSc degree in Zoology. He has worked in small animal practice in South Africa and Norfolk, and has been at Companion Care in Norwich since 2011. He enjoys the challenge and variety on offer as a small animal GP vet and especially enjoys dog and cat surgery.
In his spare time Michael enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including exploring Norfolk with his wife Helen, travelling, photography and playing cricket for a local village team.
Dr Alex Szpakowska
Advance Practitioner in Veterinary Ophthalmology
Currently Studying towards GP Certificate in Small Animal Ophalmology.) Alex qualified as a veterinary surgeon from University of Warmia and Mazury in Poland, in March 2006 and became a member of Royal Veterinary Collage (MRCVS) in July 2006.
She is a small animal vet with a passion for surgery and eyes, having completed her Certificate in Ophthalmology in 2013.
Alex has been working for Companion Care since October 2009, and when she's not working she takes care of her two sons. In her spare time Alex likes to paint.
Dr James Pritchard
Hannah graduated from Royal Veterinary College in 2013 and has spent time working in various practices in the UK and Australia. She joined Vets4Pets in 2017 and in 2021 I became Head Veterinary Surgeon. Her main interests are internal medicine and imaging. Hannah love cats and has a naughty tortoiseshell called Hovis.
Sergio qualified as a veterinary surgeon in Brazil in 1995 and did a Master degree in the University of Lisbon in 2014 about Heart Worms in dogs. Sergio loves surgery and internal medicine.
Sergio is also passionate about cycling. In his spare times, Sergio enjoys spending time in his garage doing bicycle mechanics and cycling with his family, friends and on his own
Diana graduated from University of Evora (Portugal) in 2017 and moved to the UK in the same year to practice in a busy small animal practice in Yorkshire. She joined Vets4Pets in 2018, left for 2 years to pursue further training in small animal surgery in two UK referral centres and came back in 2020. Diana is studying towards a certificate in small animal surgery with the goal of achieving RCVS advanced practitioner status.
Outside work she enjoys travelling and spending time outdoors.
Dr Anna Isaenkova
Gill joined the group in January 2013 as head nurse of Sprowston Companion Care. She has a varied experience within the veterinary world working within mixed and exotic practices. She spent just over two years working as a staff nurse at the RSPCA hospital in Putney, and then transferred to West London as Head Nurse and became the lead assessor in a 5 clinic group.
She escaped the rat race to move to the calm of Norfolk in 2010, where she worked as a head nurse in a small animal surgery. She is a clinical coach, assisting students through the training, this is an important part of her job ensuring the best care for everyone within the group.
Time away from work is spent supporting Wales rugby, looking after a couch potato Jack Russell, and a large rescue cat with a passion for wildlife.
My name is Clare, I qualified in 2006 as a registered veterinary nurse and been working at Vets4pets since 2012.
After I qualified I continued my knowledge in nursing of exotic species and companion animal behaviour.
I have had the pleasure of volunteering out in South Africa working with the amazing wildlife.
I am a British marine mammal medic and help to assist with seal, dolphin and whale rescues.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, horse riding and skiing.
I have two children, a pony, a cat and lots off Guinea pigs because I am a little bit of a crazy Guinea pig lady.
Georgia joined the nursing team in May 2013. She started her student nurse training in September 2014. She enjoys the medical nursing within the clinic and being able to expand her knowledge. Outside of work hours Georgia Spends time playing with her cross breed dogs.
Isabelle has worked at the practice since March 2017, where she did her Veterinary nurse training. She qualified and became an RVN in June 2021 and has continued to enjoy working with the Vets4Pets team. Isabelle is now doing a Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Applied Canine Behaviour and hopes to use her knowledge and experience to help owners and their dogs with training and behaviour. Outside of work, she enjoys taking part in monthly agility competitions with her dogs, as well as spending time with family and friends.
Maisie has been at Vets4Pets since 2016, and has been an RVN since 2019. She loves all aspects of nursing, particularly anaesthesia and medical nursing. She is currently undertaking an advanced nursing course and am looks forward to completing her anaesthesia certificate.
In her spare time she enjoys playing Xbox with her fiancé Ayden, and snuggling with her two feline babies, Tilly and Bailey.
Amy has been at Vets4Pets since 2017. She has been a student for the last three years and is due to qualify later this year.
She has a Springer Spaniel called Tilly who she enjoys walking with in the Lake District, and a cat called Prancer who was a stray that was brought into the practice a few years ago. Amy has an interest in veterinary anaesthesia and plans to do a certificate in this subject in years to come.
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Student Veterinary Nurse
Kimberley has been with Vets4Pets since December 2020. She started with us as Vet Care Assistant but is now doing her Vet Nurse training, which she is extremely excited about. Having already completed an Animal Care level three diploma she has always known this is the career for her. She has a very mischievous Maine Coon X called Malone who has kept our vets busy on several occasions. She loves spending time adventuring outdoors with her five year old son Hunter and partner Liam. She also enjoys keeping herself fit and active and spending time with her family and friends.
Nicole has been at Vets4Pets for over 6 years. She started out as a Receptionist but knew she wanted to be a Nurse so is now in her final year as a student. Nicole loves Jack Russell Terriers and would like to do a certificate in physiotherapy when she qualifies.
It’s been a dream of Jodie's to work at a veterinary practice since completing her animal science degree, and she hopes to progress as a qualified veterinary nurse soon. She enjoys assisting in all areas of the practice, especially caring for the hospital patients and broadening her knowledge of animal health and welfare.
In her spare time, Jodie enjoys travelling, reading, and walking her five year old border collie Murphy.
Louise joined us in June 2021 as a veterinary care assistant. She loves her role at the practice and always aims to treat every pet as if it’s her own. Louise’s dream job is a Veterinary Nurse and hopes to start her training in the future. Louise spends a lot off her spare time with her herd off 8 guinea pigs, she also enjoys long walks and loves going to the cinema or bowling!
Kirsten joined the team in November 2021 as a veterinary care assistant, hoping that she can soon begin her journey to becoming a veterinary nurse as it’s something she’s always wanted to be. In her spare time she enjoys going out with friends and going to the gym
Imogen joined Vets4Pets in 2021 after completing a foundation degree in animal management and conservation at Anglia Ruskin university. She hopes to train as a veterinary nurse in the not too distant future.
Outside of work she enjoys travelling, going to music festivals & looking after her two cats Humbug and Buttons
Scott joined the practice back in April 2021 as our Pharmacy Operative, he is excited to bring his experience and knowledge to help care for your animals.
In his spare time Scott enjoys watching and playing football, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Nicole is a VCA hoping to progress her career into veterinary nursing at Vets4Pets. She has a 4 year old ragdoll named Maeve and an aquarium full of tropical fish. Nicole enjoys skiing, fitness classes and cinema trips in her spare time.
I have been employed as the practice manager at Companion Care in Norwich since 2015. I enjoy meeting clients and their pets in all 3 surgeries.
In my spare time I enjoy long walks and being with my two children.
Animal Care Assistant
I joined Companion Care at the beginning of 2009, I thoroughly enjoy meeting and greeting all the pets who attend our surgery. I have 1 dog and 3 cats.
Aleesha started at Vets4Pets in October 2016, she has two dogs a German shepherd called Ohana and a Border Collie called Chaos.
In her spare time, she does amateur dramatics, spends time with her friends and family and is about to begin teacher training.
Sadie joined vets4pets back in February 2017, she has a black Cavapoo called Rex. She lives with her husband and 3 young children, she enjoys family walks and socialising with friends.
I joined Companion Care in July 2003 after 14 years at NU. I really enjoy working at Companion Care, meeting clients and their pets. I have a cat called Harvey and 2 young sons.
Receptionist & Accounts Assistant
Katrina started working for Companion Care Vets back in September 2019 as a receptionist, I have worked for many pet jobs one of which was Hearing Dogs for Deaf People where I did a course on Pet Bereavement and passed and became this as a extra role, so coming to work at a vets I thought this was add some extra help I can offer to my role, I absolutely love my job its the perfect job for me and its a 5 minute drive from my house and we moved to Norwich almost 4 years ago and we still feel like were on holiday as we have 2 dogs and half an hour away from the beach its all just perfect, lovely home, wonderful husband, fab doggies, a snake and fishes. I love to cook and eat, socialise with our fantastic neighbours, walk the dogs and meet other people that love walking their dogs.
Kerry started working at Vets4pets in January 2020, she was promoted later that year to Head Receptionist her spare time is spend with her partner John and their 3 small dogs.
Nicola started working for us in November 2021, she lives with her two teenage daughters and their black Labrador ruby.
In her spare time Nicola enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and going for long country walks with ruby.
Vets4Pets Norwich is committed to bringing you affordable, high quality care via a modern, well equipped practice, including a lab, pharmacy, digital x-ray and ultrasound. Plus, on site car parking too!
The friendly team can't wait to meet all of their clients!
Emergency coverEven if we are closed, we have your pet covered.
BiochemistryAllows an assessment of the functionality of a patients organs.
Blood Pressure MonitorUsed to measure the range of blood pressure as a preventative treatment to identify early signs of systemic hypertension.
Dental X-RayUnlike humans, dogs need to be under general anesthesia for dental X-rays. Anesthesia is considered to be a safe procedure and will be performed after a general examination. It is tailored to the individual and your dog is continuously monitored during the dental exam.
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DentistryThe treatment and prevention of dental disease
ECGECG is also available to keep your pet's heart healthy.
ElectrolyteEnables the assessment of critical blood chemicals such as sodium and potassium.
EndoscopyEnables us to capture real-time images of internal organs and structures using an endoscope.
Haematology – Blood testingAllows the assessment of a patient's blood and blood cells.
Hospital WardSuite of custom-built kennels for the housing and monitoring of in-patients.
In-house LaboratoryA range of analytical tests and equipment to assist in the rapid diagnosis of illness.
Isolation UnitA special ward to care for animals with contagious diseases.
Nurse ClinicAppointments with a highly qualified nurse which can cover anything from nutrition and fitness advice, grooming techniques, to pet socialisation classes.
Operating TheatreAn operating theatre with gaseous anaesthetic facility for surgical procedures.
OrthopaedicsSurgery of joints and bones.
X-RayGenerates digital 2D images of bones and internal organs.
10% off for NHS staff and members of the Armed Forces
Out of hours
Fir Covert Road
Tel: Telephone: 01603 867330
Out-of-hours emergency consultation fees start from £105. Any necessary treatment or medication administered by the emergency service will be charged in addition to the emergency consultation fee.