Growing up in a wee cottage in the woods back in rural Moray, I was surrounded by animals from an early age. I was always fascinated by the number and variety of exciting creatures we share this planet with and as a child loved to learn more about them. Nurtured by parents who were just as engaged and enthralled by the natural world as I was, my childhood was filled with pets and animals of all sorts. I was mother-hen to a gaggle of baby goslings, proud owner and breeder of many types of fancy show chickens, and trainer to my own little Jack Russell (Judy) at the age of 10.
This fascination with nature and animals (and a keen interest in science) lead me towards Veterinary Medicine. Whilst at University in Glasgow my focus switched from feathers to scales and slime, as although there was no space for chickens, I could turn my bedroom into a veritable rainforest full of frogs, salamanders, lizards, scorpions, mantids, tarantulas and snakes!
After qualifying in 2010, I spent my first few years as a vet working in mixed practice in Aberdour: close to my childhood home of Elgin in the rural North East of Scotland. After four years of treating everything from cats to cows, I moved to central Scotland to focus on my smaller patients.
Outwith work my hobbies also revolve around my love of nature and this beautiful country we live in be it walking or driving through it or exploring and taking photographs.
I enjoy most aspects of medicine and surgery, not only with dogs, cats and small furries (such as rabbits, guinea pigs and rats) but also reptile patients and of course birds, the creatures who kickstarted the passion all those years ago back north. Having a good working relationship with clients as well as their pets is very important to me: I feel like the best results come when the pet owner and I share trust and open communication in order to be an effective team in helping their pet. That’s why I joined Apex; I wanted to be where your pet is part of our family.
- Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
- British Veterinary Association
- British Veterinary Zoological Society
- General internal medicine and diagnostics
- General practice
- Reptile medicine and surgery
- Avian medicine and surgery