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Our Nurses

Umm Suqeim Veterinary Center is dedicated to providing full service quality care for your pets. This wouldn't be possible without the dedication and commitment from our staff of wonderful technicians and nurses.

Dawn Aitken 

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Dawn started her animal career in horses and rode a winner under Jockey Club Rules in the UK.  She qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2004 and has worked in mixed practice for 10 years.  She enjoys surgical nursing and dentistry, but has self funded voluntary work through the WVS and helped with projects in Malawi, Brazil and India.  Dawn likes to get out and about and is a keen hill walker. 

Her goal is to summit Kilimanjaro, but since arriving here in August 2012 she has gone from running a 5k to completing her first half marathon in December.  When at home, she works and trains her cocker spaniel, Buidhe, and has a passion for photography and cooking.

Kaiya McNellie

Kaiya studied Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing at the Royal Veterinary College in London and qualified in 2010. She acquired the majority of her training and work experience at Battersea Cats & Dogs Home and at the PDSA. Then worked as a locum in various clinics in the UK. She moved to Dubai in 2013 to join the USVC team.

She is interested in work with cats and their handling. She has a 9 year old Boxer and a rescue Staffie. In her free time she likes to work out (TRX), read and listen to music.

Hannah Omer

After graduating with a Degree in Animal Science in 2007, Hannah worked as a student Veterinary Nurse at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in London. She completed her NVQ in Veterinary Nursing in 2010 and went on to locum in several practices across London and the Channel Islands. Between positions she volunteered with several charities overseas including Animal Asia Bear Rescue Centre in China and in shelters for stray dogs and cats in Thailand, Sri Lanka and Borneo. She moved to Dubai to join the USVC team in 2014.

To unwind on her days off she likes to practice yoga, go stand up paddle boarding and watch movies.

Allison Sellers

Allison was born and raised in Scarborough but headed to Hampshire to pursue a career in Veterinary Nursing. She qualified in 2003 and joined the RVCS Register the following year.

Before joining USVC, she worked with a wide variety of species from equine to lizards. She has a particular interest in animal behavior and nutrition, and has gained further qualifications in these areas. In her previous job she focused on training the next generation of nurses. She moved to Dubai and joined the USVC team in 2015.

In her spare time she loves to travel and explore the world.

Megan Thoburn


Brigitta Szücs

Brigitta is an ambitious Hungarian Biologist who is eager to follow her dreams. Since she was a little girl she has had great interest in animals. In 2013 Brigitta graduated from the University of Eszterházy Károly in Hungary with a major in Biology. During her studies she worked as an intern at an Aquarium situated in Budapest and later was hired to work as a full time staff member. After gaining experience working at the Aquarium, Brigitta made a career change and decided to move to Dubai in 2015 and to work at a veterinary clinic. In February  2016, she joined the Umm Suqeim Veterinary Centre as a Veterinary Nurse.

Hobbies: When Brigitte is in Hungary she spends a lot of her time training and tending to her 3 Yorkshire Terriers. Brigitta enjoys scuba diving and you will often find her trying extreme sports during her free time. She also enjoys salsa dancing and traveling.

Cristina  Polidori

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Cristina is originally from Italy but lived in New Zealand for quite some years and graduated there with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2015. She worked in general practice (mixed practice) and then progressed to  onto Emergency and Critical Care which is her big passion along with surgery.

She moved to Dubai in April 2017 to join the team at USVC,

She is currently completing a certificate in Emergency and Critical Care. 

In her spare time, she enjoys numerous activities but has a huge passion for latin American dances.


Ryan Kavanagh

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Ryan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in  Veterinary Nursing from the University College Dublin, Ireland in 2015. He remained in the University hospital for 2 years following this, working with both small and equine patients, whilst also training veterinary medicine and nursing students. 

He moved to Dubai in July 2017 to join the team at Umm Suqeim Veterinary Centre.

Ryan is particularly interested in surgical nursing, and is planning to complete a certificate in wound management in the near future.

In his spare time, he enjoys dancing, photography and traveling.  

Claire Parish



Donna Gueco

Donna was born in the Philippines and graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Pharmacy. She moved to Dubai to join the USVC team in 2013 and has been our pharmacist. 

We are lucky to have a full-time pharmacist, and the vets all feel very spoilt! 

She works hard to make sure we have all the medicines we need. She has a lovely son: Yuan. In her spare time she likes to read and cook.

Emmanuel Cabardo

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Emmanuel is a registered human nurse but decided to transit to veterinary nursing when coming to Dubai in 2012. He has been with USVC  since then.  He is a valuable member of the night team.

On his week off Emmanuel loves to read books and magazines.



Christopher Baldoza

Chris  graduated as a human nurse in 2009 and because of his love for cats and dogs, he decided to change fields and now works as a veterinary nurse assistant.

He moved to Dubai and joined USVC in 2014.

In his free time he enjoys playing computer games.

Donney Ramos

Jim Santayana

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