I grew up in the countryside near Edinburgh, beside a dairy and sheep farm. My family had Labradors and Golden Retrievers that I cared for, so I knew from an early age that I wanted to become a vet.
I went on to qualify as a veterinary surgeon from Glasgow in 1999, having done a term at Iowa State during my final year. This is the oldest veterinary college in the United States and was an interesting time; I was involved with their Wildlife Care Clinic among others. I also spent a summer working with horses at Palos Verdes Stables in California and 2 extended periods with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Hong Kong, helping with in-patient care and mobile clinics. This was a real eye-opener to first-generation pet ownership and seeing first hand many of the fatal canine diseases that are now rare in the UK due to vaccination programmes.
After I qualified, my first job was in a busy practice in Glasgow's West End. I then worked at the Animal Health Office in Ayr, helping with disease control. When I moved to Worcester, I joined the small animal team of a mixed practice in Bromyard, before coming to Lowesmoor House Veterinary Centre in 2005.
I can honestly say I love my job! From consulting to surgery, I thoroughly enjoy all aspects of general practice. I like animals and people too, so it's been a privilege getting to know so many of you and your furry friends over my years here.
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