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The Top Notch Kennel Team

Taylor – Kennel Coordinator

Joined April 2021

After volunteering with Dogwatch for two years, I decided to find a way to turn my passion for dogs into a career. I completed a Certificate in Animal Care and am now currently studying towards a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. I also have my Pet First Aid certificate.

Two months after starting with Top Notch and falling in love with every Golden Retriever I met, I decided that I needed one of my own (named Arlo). Having grown up with two Jack Russells (aptly named Jack and Russell), I also have a big soft spot for little dogs with big personalities.

For me, the best part about my job (aside from spending all day with dogs!) is building relationships with the dogs in our care. It always makes me smile when I see dogs that have stayed with us previously come bursting out of the car for a cuddle from the staff.


Vanessa – Kennel Worker

Joined March 2021

I grew up with a menagerie of animals, from dogs and cats to budgies and rats. This has instilled in me an empathy and passion for all animals

After finishing University I travelled to South America. This is where I spent the next 12 years of my life, working with rescued wildlife and walking Pumas through the jungles of Bolivia. This eventually led to me helping develop and manage a new Conservation project called O.N.C.A.

Upon returning to New Zealand I completed a degree in Conservation and started working for DOC. However, I missed working hands-on with animals. So, after settling down with my own dog and four cats, I was lucky enough to get a job at Top Notch! I am also a qualified Pet First Aider.


Nadia – Kennel Worker

Joined December 2020

Growing up with dogs has made them become a big part of my life. At home I have three beautiful dogs; a GSP, Labrador X and a Foxy all who I adore.

I am an experienced dog owner and have completed a Pet First Aid course. I have also bred both detection and family dogs in the past. I decided to pursue this hobby further after high school at Top Notch.

I am currently studying commerce and Mandarin full time, with an interest of possible animal study in the future. When I’m not studying, I’m spending my spare days at Top Notch.

Building relationships with the dogs in our care is always my favourite part as each one has something unique to offer!


1162 Springs Rd, Lincoln 7676 Canterbury

We are located between Prebbleton and Lincoln, 20 minutes from Christchurch airport and Christchurch city centre.

Superior dog kennels, exceptional care for your dogs.