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Companion Care vets Salford

Meet the team

Laura Stapleton Companion Care Salford

Laura Stapleton MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon


Laura graduated from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia, in 2008. Since graduating she has done mainly small animal work as a locum vet for various practices throughout the UK. Laura has an interest in Dermatology and Pathology. When not at work Laura enjoys travelling, photography and walking her Border Collie, Freya.




Joao Companion Care Salford

Joao Koehler MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon


After qualifying in Portugal in 2002 Joao moved to the UK, where he has lived ever since. He has extensive experience in small animal work having both locumed and worked permanently throughout the UK. Since working at Salford, Joao has re-homed a feisty little rabbit named Domino.




Roxanne Elliston Companion Care Salford

Roxi Elliston RVN

Head Nurse


Roxi started work at our Salford surgery in April 2013, when we first opened. After qualifying as a nurse in 2010 Roxi spent 2 years working in two exotic referral practices, one of which was in Hong Kong. After returning to the UK in 2012, Roxi worked as a locum nurse for various practices before taking up the position with Companion Care. At home, Roxi enjoys spending time with her two cats Bob and Dexter.




Sonia Companion Care Salford

Sonia Chadwick RVN

Veterinary Nurse


In 1993 Sonia moved out to Lanzarote where she owned and ran a boarding kennels and cattery. These kennels were heavily involved with a stray animal rescue charity and, between the two of them, over 1000 dogs and 500 cats were successfully rehomed. In 2007, Sonia made the decision to move back to the UK, relocating to Middlesex. Here is where she began work as an animal nursing assistant. The following year, the opportunity to begin formal veterinary nurse training presented itself. Sonia jumped at this chance and qualified in 2011 (at the age of 40, who said you can’t teach old dogs new tricks?!). 

Whilst working down south, Sonia rescued a Staffie cross named ‘Sausage’ who was brought into the surgery with severe facial damage. As a result of this, she still makes some of the strangest noises you will ever hear from a dog! Sausage comes into work with Sonia most days and if you ever get to meet her, please don’t think she’s growling at you, the noises you here are a result of this previous injury! In 2012, Sonia returned home to her roots and took up a position with Companion Care. Several months later, Sonia transferred to the Salford surgery where she hopes to remain for the foreseeable future. 

Sonia has an avid interest in certain types of canine and feline behaviour. She is currently studying rabbit husbandry and welfare.




Nadia Ahmed

Kezia Malpus RVN

Veterinary Nurse


Kezia qualified as a nurse in 2002 whilst working in South Wales. From here she went straight into locuming in various locations over the UK. In 2004, Kezia spent 6 months working on Alderney, one of the Channel Islands as an emergency nurse, followed by another 4 years emergency work over the UK. After a break from nursing, Kezia joined the Salford team in September 2013. At home, Kezia has a Rottie named Fuji and a cat called Lola, both rescue animals acquired through work. She also has 7 chickens who keep us all well supplied with eggs!!




Salford Companion Care Leah

Leah Ball

Student Veterinary Nurse


Leah joined Companion Care in April 2013, when the Salford surgery first opened. Since being very young, it was always a big ambition of Leah’s to work with animals. Being given the opportunity to work in her chosen career, Leah is very passionate about her job. At home, Leah has a pet Chihuahua, Rico, who is her baby, two rabbits adopted from Pets at Home called Nesbit and Bert, and also two Russian Hamsters, Annie and Mabel.




Salford Companion Care Lauren

Lauren Kelly

Client Service Co-Ordinator


During her time at Salford University studying Wildlife Conservation, Lauren carried out a number of volunteer placements, including working in South Africa, Madagascar, and more locally Blackpool Zoo. Following graduation Lauren worked in customer service before starting work on reception at Salford in May 2014. Lauren has a continued interest in travel and volunteering with a trip lined up in 2015 to work in a Veterinary Hospital in Grenada. At work, Lauren particularly enjoys greeting clients and meeting all their pets! At home, Lauren has a pet dog called Gimli, and also owns a tropical fish tank containing a number of different sea creatures.




Companion Care Salford Laura Stapleton

Laura McKenzie

Client Service Co-Ordinator


Laura has always had an ambition to work with animals and used to volunteer at an animal shelter when she was younger in order to gain experience working in her chosen field. In 2012 Laura began working at Salford Pets at Home and in November 2014 moved over to the vet side to work on reception. Laura has a dog, Dek, who was adopted to aid in her recovery following major surgery, who taught her to walk again following the procedure. Dek can often be found sat at reception along side Laura! Laura also has a number of other pets including Lila the rabbit, two gerbils, a snake and fish.




Salford Companion Care Jenny

Jenny Evans

Student Veterinary Nurse


Jenny is a second year nurse student currently studying at Askham Bryan College in York. Jenny started studying Veterinary Nursing in 2013, originally carrying out her work placements at a practice in Wilmslow. In February 2015 Jenny began her work placements here at Salford and currently works on a part time basis and is due to qualify in 2016. Out of work Jenny enjoys walking and also travelling.