Meet the vets.
I have been at this practice for 32 years and would like to be able to say that I had arrived straight from Vet College to Braid Vets. However, I spent my first three years in farm mixed practice so that means I’ve been at it for 35 years now!
Once you get to this stage you start to reflect what is important in your job, why you keep going and why you still get excited about the challenges of running a veterinary practice in the 21st century. The reasons for this are primarily because I am surrounded by a great team of people; vets, nurses and support staff. In my opinion small animal veterinary medicine is a people orientated business and having the right people is as important as having the ability to fix the animals!
Professionally, I am interested in skin disease , clinical behavioural problems and in my spare time I attempt to keep my creaking frame in working order by keeping fit and playing golf badly.
I see my responsibilities as a combination of reminding people who James Herriot was and answering those tricky questions on 70s and 80s popular music in the pub quiz.
After qualifying from the ‘Dick Vet’ in 1994 I worked for two years in a "mixed" practice in Cumbria. In those two years I enjoyed the beautiful Lake District, got married and decided my future was in small animal practice. I then spent five years at an animal charity practice in North East England and obtained a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Small Animal Surgery. My wife and I were delighted to return to Edinburgh and I joined Braid Vets in 2003, becoming a partner in 2008. I am particularly keen on operating and hugely enjoy both soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery.
Outwith work I am kept busy with my family and walking my two German Short Haired Pointers, Archie and Bramble.
My interest in a career as a vet began when I passed by 171 Mayfield Road every day on my way to primary school. I joined the practice in 1984, and became a partner in 1988. I am still in my first job - well, who would leave?
My veterinary interests are in Internal Medicine and developing the Preventative Healthcare side of the practice - prevention is always better than cure!
Our home is currently an empty nest - two daughters up and away to the Medicine, and we are also currently catless - Cracker and Blue both lived to ripe old ages, but we now look back fondly on the many years that they deemed us worthy of looking after them! I hope we are as fortunate again in the near future.
My family are sport daft - rugby, hockey, tennis, cycling, skiing and running have us all hooked - and I have always fancied giving golf a right good go!
I joined Braid Vets in July 2011. Originally from the Netherlands, I completed my veterinary degree in Ghent, Belgium in 2005. After moving around the UK for a few years, I then finally settled in Edinburgh.
RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine
After graduating from Edinburgh University in 2004, I left to work in England and New Zealand in both mixed and small animal practice. However the lure of the North prevailed and I returned to Edinburgh and joined Braid Vets in 2014.
I recently completed a post graduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine. I have a strong interest in medical cases, especially cardiology.
At home I live with my fiancé and our young black lab ‘Henry’, who appears to be very accident prone already, and the cause of much worry for his owners- a typical vet’s dog!
I qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2007. I initially returned to my home in Cumbria where I worked in mixed practice treating a wide variety of patients from cattle to cats. Over the last 4 years I have focused on small animal medicine and surgery and especially enjoy ophthalmology and dermatology.
I joined Braid Vets in June 2014 and in between treating patients I enjoy walking, horse riding and relaxing with my rescue cat Flipper.
I qualified from Edinburgh university in 2009 and began working in a busy mixed practice in beautiful Northumberland.
In 2014 I got itchy feet and decided to use my degree abroad; I was a locum vet around Australia and helped with Mission Rabies in Goa.
I have now settled in Edinburgh and began working for Braid vets in April 2016.
In my spare time I enjoy skiing, climbing and walking my spaniel Misty.