Veterinary Nurses

Kaiya McNellie
Kaiya studied Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing at the Royal Veterinary College in London and qualified in 2010. She worked as a locum in various clinics in the UK and full time in both first opinion practice and referral clinic/specialist hospital. She moved to Dubai in 2013 to join the team. She has a keen interest in both surgery and medical aspects of nursing. Kaiya has a 12 year old dog back in the UK and 2 ginger cats she rescued here in Dubai, O’Malley and O’Sally. She loves sport, in particular football and like to train TRX workouts and play Roller Derby on her skates. She also loves cinema, reading, and dancing.
Hannah Omer
After graduating with a Degree in Animal Science in 2007, Hannah worked as a student Veterinary Nurse at Battersea Dogs and 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 team in 2014. To unwind on her days off she likes to practice yoga, go stand up paddle boarding, and watch movies.
Dawn Aitken
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.
Allison Sellers
Allison graduated from Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in UK. She qualified in 2003 and joined the RCVS register the following year. She has a diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour and Training (DipCABT) and a certificate in Small Animal Nutrition (CertSAN). She also completed her course in Pet Bereavement Counsellor (PBC), Royal Canin Pet Health Counsellor (PHC), and Companion Animal Dispensing qualification (C-SQP). Before joining the team in 2015, she worked with a wide variety of species from equine to lizards and focused on training student nurses. Allison likes to read in her spare time and loves to travel and explore the world.
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Ryan Kavanagh
Ryan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Nursing from the University College Dublin, Ireland in 2015. He worked within the various specialized departments of the university hospital (UCD) for 2 years following qualification, with both small and large animal patients, while supervising and teaching veterinary medicine and nursing students. He moved to Dubai in July 2017 to join the team. Ryan is particularly interested in wound care. In his spare time, he enjoys photography, ice skating and travelling.
Cristina Polidori
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. 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.
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Marilyn Byers
Marilyn joined the team as an experienced nurse in 2008 and studied while working to obtain her Australian Veterinary nursing qualification. She has an Advanced Award in Feline Behavior through Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (COAPE). She completed the Feline Nursing Diploma through the International Society of Feline Medicine in January 2019. After spending 2 years in Sweden she returned to Dubai and rejoined the lovely team in 2019. Marilyn love cats and has a passion for helping cats and their owners. She is especially interested in snuggling the golden oldies! She has two dogs and one very shy rescue cat called Misty.
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Lucy Jenkins
Following graduating with a degree in English Literature at Cardiff University, UK in 2012, Lucy decided to pursue her passion for animals and gained a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2017. She has since worked as a night nurse for a busy emergency clinic, and joined us at USVC in October 2018. She is particularly interested in nursing medical patients and emergency work. Lucy has danced ballet over 20 years and continues to do so here in Dubai in her spare time. She also enjoys frequent video chats with her dog, Molly, who is at home in the UK and misses her dearly!
Charlotte Parkes
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, she 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, she 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 team as a Veterinary Nurse. When Brigitte is in Hungary she spends a lot of her time training and tending to her 3 yorkshire terriers. She enjoys scuba diving and you will often find her trying extreme sports during her free time. She also enjoys Salsa dancing and traveling.
Lisa T.
Lisa graduated with a degree in Animal Osteopathy from the European School of Osteopathy in France. She mainly worked with horses and realized her thesis on retired elephants from the tourism industry in 2018. She joined the practice in 2017 as the Head of Physiotherapy, taking care of Physiotherapy plans like post-operative care and weight management, bringing comfort to old dogs. Lisa is a former jumping horse rider and used to compete internationally. When not at work, she enjoys going to the beach.
Emmanuel Cabardo