I was brought up amongst a menagerie of pets in the Aberdeenshire countryside. The first of these that I remember was a very friendly chicken that I fondly named Mrs Black Hen. I also remember as a tiny tot being devastated when Mrs Black Hen finally passed away. Many other beloved pets followed, and I developed a strong sense of desire to help animals. My love for animals was matched by my thirst for a challenge, and interest in school sciences. I guess my inevitable career path was veterinary medicine and I worked this out at 13 years old at which point I started doing voluntary work experience anywhere that would have me, from the local vet, to a nearby farm helping him pulp his neeps (Aberdonian for turnips) to feed his sheep over winter. It was whilst at Edinburgh Vet School that I met one Glenn Hodgson. We got along well and became firm friends. We shared a flat together and worked out during a social event that at some stage in the future we felt that we would make an excellent job of founding our own veterinary surgery. So, Apex Vets was born.
I cut my teeth in Blackpool for 5 years after qualification learning the profession. Once both Glenn and I felt ready, we approached the bank with our carefully thought out business plan. Thankfully they agreed with us that Apex Vets would be something that they would get behind. On 29th September 2010 and brimming with pride we opened the doors to Apex Vets in Denny. I was pleased with our choice of Denny as a place to set up roots. My family are from Denny and at 96 my Grandfather Walter still lives here, enjoying spending time with his great grandchildren. My dad attended Denny High School where his mother was the head teacher. My Great Grandfather was lord Provost of Denny and as was tradition at the time was asked to name a street in the town. He chose Templedenny Road as was his desire to remember the link between Denny and the Knights Templar.
Now I live nearby our surgery in Falkirk with my wife, 2 children, 2 cats, and 3 chickens (who our son named Lucia, Paula and Carmella). I feel extremely lucky to be in the position that I look forward to coming into work each day, I look forward to spending time with work colleagues who have become friends over these years, and look forward to helping our many clients who trust us with the care or their most precious family members.
- Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
- Society of Practicing Veterinary Surgeons
- British Veterinary Association
- Orthopoedic Surgery
- General medicine
- General Practice