Meet our team
Dr Kayleigh Gilkes
Lead Veterinarian
  • BVSc
  • MRCVS

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 Pet Doctors Marshall and Pringle (now Aldwins road vet clinic) since 2017.

Outside of work Kayleigh is likely to be found exploring the New Zealand back country both above and below ground or being helped in the garden by her rescue cat Squatter.

Jesse
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 Pet Doctors Marshall & Pringle since 2016. Jesse particularly enjoys canine behaviour.

Jesse has a rabbit who loves running free in the garden and watching TV on the couch. In her spare time, Jesse enjoys hiking, horse-riding and spending time with family and friends.

Renee
Veterinary Nurse

Before joining Pet Doctors, Renee has worked with Marshall & Pringle for 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. She also has a lop-ear bunny who her kids named after the famous movie 'Hop' as he was born at Easter.

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.

Tyler
Veterinary Nurse Assistant

Tyler previously worked in a kennel & cattery but did a placement at Pet Doctors Marshall & Pringle a year before being hired. She loves being able to help animals in need.

Tyler has a Shihtzu X called Ziggy and a cat named Bucky.

Sarah
Client Relations

Sarah has a National Certificate in Animal Care and joins us with a number of years’ experience working at boarding kennels & catteries in Christchurch. She was an active team member looking after guests and their owners. Sarah has worked with cats, dogs, chinchilla and even chickens. Sarah enjoys the opportunity to assist and support customers and their pets.

At home Sarah has 2 cats Missy who is an older lady and a crazy kitten. She also has an adopted turtle named Moby. All of her pets were adopted through the clinic.

Sarah is actively involved in the leadership group of the Phillipstown community and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Sally
On-call Ultrasonographer
Chance
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.

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