All4Paws

Who's who

Our service is organised by students, with all clinics supervised by experienced veterinary surgeons.

Our Student Committee 

All4Paws student committee
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Hoyee

Hi, I’m Hoyee and I’m one of the junior media coordinators at All4Paws. I moved to Edinburgh from Hong Kong in 2020 and I love living in Scotland! I’m incredibly excited to join All4Paws as it’s a valuable opportunity to gain clinical experience yet give back to the community at the same time. I believe animals shouldn’t be denied medical care simply due to their owner’s financial difficulties or unfortunate circumstances. I’m looking forward to spreading the word about the amazing work All4Paws does, learning from other members of the team, and helping clients and their pets! Outside of vet school, I like travelling, hiking, exploring the city, cooking, and doing karaoke with friends.

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Aïnoha

Hello! My name is Aïnoha, I am one of the new junior Media Coordinators at All4Paws. I am French; I lived most of my life in Singapore, where I studied at the International French School. I am currently a third year vet student at the R(D)SVS, and I am very excited to be part of this association: I had similar experiences in the past, notably at the Singapore’s SPCA. I found these extremely valuable both at a professional and personal level. I am looking forward to applying the knowledge of our lectures in a more practical context and using it to care for the pets of more vulnerable people, and give back a bit of the luck I have of being part of such a lovely community :) In my free time, I enjoy running, rock climbing, traveling, reading and meeting up with friends.

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Kimberlee

Hi everyone! I’m Kimberlee, one of the junior fundraising coordinators for All4Paws. I grew up in Canada and did a bachelor’s degree in animal health before moving to Edinburgh in 2021 for vet school. Edinburgh is an amazing place that is feeling more and more like home, and I can’t wait to utilize my previous experience in animal clinics and shelters to give back to our community. Animals can make such a huge impact on our lives, and I believe everyone deserves to enjoy the companionship and support of a pet, just as their pets deserve to be loved and receive the best care. I look forward to meeting all our lovely clients and their precious fur babies! In my free time. I enjoy hiking with my dog, Cola, and playing musical instruments.

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Taylor

Hi there! My name is Taylor and I am one of the junior clinic coordinators for All4Paws. I was born and raised in California and attended CalPoly, San Luis Obispo where I earned a bachelor's in Animal Science. During my undergraduate time, I was able to take part in a student-run clinic for the homeless community. Ever since moving to Edinburgh in 2021, I was eager to be a part of All4Paws and I am so grateful to continue serving the community and their beloved pets. I am so excited to be a part of this incredible team and look forward to the following years!

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Laura

Hi there! My name is Laura Jimenez-Moncayo, and I am delighted to be one of the junior outreach coordinators. I was born and raised in Edinburgh and I’m proud to be from the capital. I joined the Dick Vet School in 2019 and will be intercalating into Pharmacology this coming year. I’m looking forward to being part of the team and giving back to this amazing city that has been my home for the past 21 years. Outwith my studies I enjoy dancing Salsa and Bachata, playing tennis, skiing (badly), and meeting new people.

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Ailsa

Hi! My name is Ailsa and I’m really excited to be one of the junior outreach coordinators for All4Paws this year. I’m from Dundee but started vet school and moved to Edinburgh in 2020. I can’t wait to be involved with All4Paws - it’s such a great organisation which carries out some really important work.  I used to work on the reception at a mixed vet practice so am looking forward to using what I learned there to help on the All4Paws committee. In my spare time I really enjoy spending time with and riding horses, and also exploring with my camera.

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Celest

Hi! My name is Celest Oon and I am a vet student at the University of Edinburgh. I am one of the new junior fundraising coordinators for the 2022/23! I heard of All4Paws through some of the older students and was really inspired by what the initiative stood for and how it helped give back to those less fortunate in society. I have volunteered in various animal shelters and non-profit organizations back home in Singapore and am very eager to start playing my part in contributing to All4Paws this year. All4Paws provides a valuable opportunity for me to help the homeless to Scotland while simultaneously gaining crucial experience to prepare for the future. Aside from volunteering at All4Paws, I also enjoy reading, watching anime and solving jigsaw puzzles in my spare time. I really look forward to being a part of the committee this year!

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Chloe

Hello! My name is Chloe, and I am one of the senior clinic coordinators at All4Paws. I was born in Toronto, Canada, but grew up in various different cities around the world. During this time, I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Guelph and spent a lot of time working with veterinary clinics, various animal/wildlife rescues and non-profit organisations. I moved to Edinburgh in 2020 to attend R(D)SVS, and joined the amazing All4Paws committee in 2021. I’m so excited to continue my work with All4Paws by utilising the skills I’ve developed to give back to the Edinburgh community and pets in need. In my free time, I enjoy rock climbing, painting, travelling and backcountry canoeing.

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Vedika

Hi! I'm Vedika, the senior fundraising coordinator at All4Paws. I was born in India but grew up in London before coming to Edinburgh in 2018 to start the vet course. I decided to take a year out of vet school in 2020/21, between Year 2 and 3, to intercalate in Reproductive Biology which was an incredible experience. I’ve since been back at the vet school and have been getting stuck in with All4Paws! It is so rewarding to meet all our clients and patients and to see first-hand how much of a difference we truly make. In my free time, I enjoy exploring Edinburgh, playing netball, and heading to the golf driving range.

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Muirne

Hi! I’m Muirne and I’m the senior outreach coordinators for All4Paws. I’m from the Isle of Skye and came through to Edinburgh back in 2019 to start my studies at the Vet School. I’m super excited to continue my involvement in running the clinic and am very grateful for the opportunity to give back to the wonderful Edinburgh community. As a part of the outreach team I really enjoy getting to know all of our clients (and their amazing pets). When I’m not studying for university or helping out at All4Paws I love to go running, hang out with my friends and play the fiddle.

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Maria

Hi everyone! My name is Maria and I am one of the junior outreach coordinators. I am from Beirut, Lebanon and have a previous degree in Dentistry. I moved to Edinburgh two years ago to start the GEP program at the Dick Vet. I am really looking forward to getting involved with the All4Paw committee and to meet the clients and patients! In my free time, I love windsurfing, running and playing the drums.

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Katie

Hello! My name is Katie and I am the senior media coordinator for All4Paws. I’m a New Yorker with a previous degree in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic in Maine. I moved to Edinburgh in 2020 admist the pandemic for vet school.  In the last 5 years I’ve volunteered in veterinary clinics all over the world from New York spay/neuter clinics to the Cook Islands in a charity clinic.  I believe veterinarians should expand beyond hospitals and barns and apply their skills to improve the well-being of the community. All4Paws gives people—regardless of their circumstances—access to quality veterinary care and I am proud to be part of this organization. I find that meeting clients and playing a part in sharing their stories online is highly rewarding. When I’m not studying, I like travelling, doing crossword puzzles, and sharing meals with friends.

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Teresa

Hello, my name is Teresa and I am one of the senior clinic coordinators. I am originally from California where I got my degree in animal science. I have previously worked at local animal shelters and clinics to expand my experience in the veterinary field. During my free time, you will find me traveling or grabbing a cup of coffee with friends. I am excited to get started with All4Paws and get involved with the community and their pets!

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Todd

I'm Todd Gowing, and I'm one of the junior clinic coordinators for All4Paws. I'm originally from Atlanta, Georgia, where I got my bachelor's degree in biology in 2017 from Georgia State University before working for four years for Lifeline Animal Project, the largest animal welfare organization in Georgia, as a vet nurse in their shelters and community clinic. I then joined the Dick Vet to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine. I am passionate about providing charitable and low-cost veterinary care, and I look forward to continuing this work with my new community in Edinburgh. Outside of school, I like to hike and play the clarinet with the Dick Vet Musicians society.

Our Veterinary Surgeons

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Dr Andrew Gardiner

I qualified as a vet in 1992. As a vet in practice for 15 years, I worked in many areas, including spells for The Blue Cross and PDSA. I gained some further qualifications in surgery along the way and a PhD in the history of British veterinary education and practice, funded by The Wellcome Trust. I began visiting Edinburgh homeless hostels in 2009, and in 2015 I worked with two fourth-year vet students, Calla Harris and Biana Tamimi, to develop All4Paws. The service has grown considerably since its beginnings in Leith and is managed by an active student committee supported by our volunteer vets. 

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Dr Gurå Bergvist

I moved to Scotland from Norway in 1997 to study at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and graduated in 2003, after completing an additional degree in science. After four years in mixed and small animal practice in Scotland, I returned to the R(D)SVS to do a PhD in molecular oncology (studies of the development of cancer), and after that I stayed on as a lecturer.

 

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Dr Amy Jennings

I have taught at Edinburgh Vet School since 2013 and most of my recent clinical work has been with farm animals (sheep and cattle) on farms around Edinburgh. Before that, I worked in Perthshire, Worcestershire, and Kenya, after graduating from The Royal Veterinary College, London, in 2007. Lately, I have stopped full-time clinical work to concentrate on supporting our final year students at Edinburgh and working with Scottish Government to prevent incursions of infectious diseases into Scotland (see EPIC Scotland). 

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Dr Laura Kidd

I have had a varied career since graduating from the University of Glasgow Veterinary School in 1988 and starting in a small animal practice in Edinburgh. When the vet practice role became part-time in 1993, I was asked to do some lecturing to veterinary nurse students. To my surprise, I discovered that I loved teaching and the students enjoyed my classes! I have continued teaching, alongside working in practice, in various capacities ever since. As well as teaching student veterinary nurses at Scotland’s Rural College, I tutor and examine post-graduate veterinary nurses undertaking the Certificate of Veterinary Nursing Emergency and Critical Care. I have also been teaching clinical skills to veterinary students at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies since 2014.