I qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in 2001, from the Royal “Dick” Vet School in Edinburgh. I have an interest in small animal medicine, especially in dealing with chronically ill or geriatric patients, working to improve their disease management and their quality of life. This had led to an interest in integrated complimentary therapies and nutrition. I have a certificate of competency in Western Veterinary Acupuncture and a Certification in Western (Evidence Based) Veterinary Herbal Medicine.
I have joined Vetcare@Home as I believe in spending the time getting to know my patients and their owners. I want to offer a high level of care for pets in the comfort of their own home, avoiding any of the stresses that may come with having to travel to the vet surgery.
Why did you become a vet?
I have always loved animals. I decided to become a vet after reading the James Herriot’s novels. I haven’t been disappointed. Everyday is different and there are always new challenges.
What was your first pet?
My first pets were two rabbits called “Lottie” and “Bobbin”. We were told we had bought two females, but six weeks later we were surprised to find Bobbin had given birth to six kittens!
Snuggling on the sofa with Douglas, my cocker spaniel.
Best advice for pet owners
Always insure your pets. It can be really expensive if your pet needs to be hospitalised or referred to a specialist. Pet insurance gives you the peace of mind that costs will be covered and your pet will be able to receive whatever treatment is needed
Before becoming a vet I had a variety of brilliant jobs working with animals including Milker on a dairy farm, Cat sitter, Pony Trekking Instructor(with the Dick vet Exmoor herd), Dog Walker at a pet hotel, Pig Farm Assistant, Tour Guide at a visitor farm, Lambing Assistant …