Meet our team
Dr Kayleigh Gilkes
Lead Veterinarian
  • BVSc

Kayleigh grew up on a small farm in central England and always wanted to be a vet. She realised this dream when she went to the university of Bristol vet school and graduated in 2009. After 3 years in mixed practice in Northern Ireland, she returned to England to work in just small animal practice for a further 3 years before emigrating to New Zealand. Kayleigh has worked at Aldwins road vet clinic (formerly Pet Doctors Marshall and Pringle) since 2017.

Outside of work Kayleigh is likely to be found exploring the New Zealand back country both above and below ground or growing veggies in the back garden.

Dr Jess Yardley
  • BVSc
  • BSc (Zoology)

Jess grew up in Kaikoura and moved to Dunedin to study Zoology at Otago University. She then gained a Certificate in Animal Management at Unitec in Auckland studying Canine behavior and worked at an animal shelter before finally deciding to become a vet. She graduated from Massey University in 2014 and her first job was in South Waikato working as a dairy and small animal vet. She moved to Christchurch in 2019 and loves being back in the South Island. In clinic she particularly enjoys consulting, dermatology and working alongside the fabulous team.

When not at work, Jess is walking her dog Frankie, reading for her book club and exploring Christchurch's restaurants and beaches.

Dr Elora Saha
  • BVSc , BBiomedSc ( Honours)

Elora was born and bred in Christchurch. After high school she moved to Dunedin and completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences degree with Honours. She soon realised that her true passion was on the frontline and couldn't decide if she wanted to work with animals or people, so picked a career where she could have both. Elora graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Massey in 2019, and her first job was a mixed role mostly working with cows and lifestyle block animals. She joins us from Total Vets, and is interested in all aspects of veterinary care - especially general practice.

In her downtime Elora enjoys making the most of Christchurch's phenomenal hospitality industry, going for long walks, and taking adult ballet lessons

Practice Manager / Veterinary Nurse

Jesse's love for animals began when she graduated in 2006 with a diploma in animal management with distinction gaining a range of skills with a variety of animals. She then pursued a diploma in veterinary nursing and has been working at Aldwins Road Vet Clinic since 2016. Jesse particularly enjoys canine behaviour and will run the Puppy Pre-school classes from time to time.

In her spare time, Jesse enjoys hiking, horse-riding, cycling and spending time with her family and friends.

Veterinary Nurse

Before joining Aldwins Road Vets, Renee has worked with Marshall & Pringle for over 10 years. She moved to Christchurch from Blenheim to study working with animals as it was love of hers from a young age. Renee grew up with a father in agriculture and there were many strays coming home.

Renee enjoys how everyday is different as a veterinary nurse and getting to know her patients and cliental. Currently she is very keen on helping pets lose weight and seeing their transformations.

Renee has two pets; Bradic who is a Weimaraner, Lab x Hunterway who's best friend is a wee Pug.

In her spare time, Renee teaches mixed ability dance for a company called Jolt and enjoys seeing the children she teaches become beautiful dancers. She also loves spending time with her family.

Veterinary Nurse
  • Diploma of Veterinary Nursing

Anna has a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing and has over 10 years experience in the industry.
She loves how every day is different and the challenges of nursing. Anna has a strong love and passion for all nursing aspects but especially anaethesia and surgery. She also enjoys interacting with the clients and their pets through nurse consultations.

Her hobbies include spending time with her husband and daughter on their lifestyle block, riding her horses and socialising with her friends. Anna has many pets. Chaos, Cash and Taylor the crossbreed dogs, Penny and Ellie the horses, Jeorge and Dior the cats, two pigs and some sheep.

Veterinary Nurse

Emma has a diploma in veterinary nursing, graduating in 2018. She has real love for the more unusual pets such as rodents and lizards, but especially loves the puppies. She runs puppy preschool through the clinic, gaining a precious opportunity to see them grow as well as getting to know her clients

Veterinary Nurse

After spending 15 years overseas, Dee moved back to her hometown of Christchurch in 2017 and decided on a career change as well. She completed her Vet Nursing Diploma in 2019 and starting working at Aldwins Road not long after.

Dee also works part time at the After hours Emergency Vet Clinic.

She loves all aspects of nursing and is thoroughly enjoying her new career.

Dee has 2 human children, 2 dog's, Hank the american staffy and Larry the mixed breed rescue dog, Julius the cat plus 40 rescue chickens.

Veterinary Nurse

Samantha grew up in Christchurch she always had a passion for animals. She has her certificate in animal technology and is soon to graduate in november 2021 with a diploma in vet nursing.

She loves all areas of the job and no day is the same.

In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym and spending time with friends and family.

On-call Ultrasonographer
Clinic Cat

Chance has many roles; a model for explaining how to pill a cat or demonstrating how to brush teeth. She also is great when anybody needs a cuddle. She’s there for staff and clients alike. Sometimes if she’s in the mood, while you are waiting for your appointment you might be privileged to have a live cat show as she does her crazy cat thing with her tunnel and maybe a toy mouse or piece of screwed up paper.

Some ask how she got her name. Renee got a call late one night from some people who were on their way to the supermarket. Walking through the park they had stumbled across this poor creature who was hardly breathing. Renee did a mercy dash to the park. Back at the clinic Cathy and Renee did what they could to save her life. They were unable to record a temperature as she was so cold. She had very little life left in her and was in fact comatose and very emaciated. They dried her and warmed her up. Body to body heat really helped. As the clinic was due to close, Renee kindly decided to take her home. The next day she bought in a bundle of fluffy mischief. Renee had been here for 10+ years and announced that she had never had the privilege of naming a stray pet. She wanted to call the cat Chance. Mikesh, our past clinic cat, had passed away a few months previously. Chances timing with her arrival was perfect for us. We were just at the stage when we were ready to consider a new clinic cat. We are happy to say that this four-legged ratbag has been with us ever since.

Feel free to say hello to her next time you are in. She usually hangs out in her basket by the front door.