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Vets4Pets Fort Kinniard

Meet the team

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Kasia Dowhan-Reid MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon and Joint Venture Partner

I am delighted to be serving the pets of Edinburgh and offering you a 7 day a week service here at Fort Kinnaird. I am a graduate of the Dick Vet and have remained a local ever since graduating in 2007 (apart from a two and a half year stint in Aberdeenshire wrestling cattle and poaching our Practice Manager, Gemma). I love Edinburgh city and the countryside in this part of the world and feel very privileged to be able to call this my home. I live just outside of town with my husband, young son and a small menagerie; Alfie the Staffie cross, Cassie a rescued Maine Coon and Lucky a budgie who flew into our garden one day and stayed. Outside of work, I love being with my son, going to birthday parties, taking him swimming, soft play and bike rides. We often walk the dog together and recently, since we moved to a house with a garden, I have set myself some gardening challenges. With my husband – we love to cook and enjoy a glass of wine with a good film or a Game of Thrones episode. I opened Fort Kinnaird in 2011 and it has been a rich journey bringing you veterinary services for all these years. We have a terrific, international team here who are all amazing individuals and who truly care about the standard of veterinary care they are able to provide. I am very proud of the hard work that the team delivers every day of the week and we promise to continue to strive in improving our pet care and client services to you. This is what excites me and makes me happy to be a business owner. You will find me consulting every 3rd weekend where I often see a good number of Polish clients and their pets. If you are in need of a Polish speaking vet then please call in. Otherwise, I am also available during the week on certain days. Looking forward to seeing you and your pets in our clinic!

 

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Gemma Pryor

Practice Manager and Joint Venture Partner

Having spent 8 years working in a veterinary practice in Aberdeenshire, I made the move to Edinburgh in 2011 to start work here as Receptionist at Vets4pets Fort Kinnaird. This role lead to me becoming Practice Manager and then more recently becoming a partner in the Musselburgh surgery which opened in 2017. I now work across the Fort Kinnaird and Musselburgh practices and I have enjoyed getting to know all our clients and their pets. I have a feisty tabby cat called Marley who I adopted over ten years ago now. She is about 13 and has a number of health issues which make her quite a regular visitor to the surgery. I live in Edinburgh with my son who keeps me very busy! In my spare time I enjoy getting out in the fresh air and exploring Edinburgh and surrounding areas, running and visiting my family.

 

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Paik Koh BVM&S MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon and Joint Venture Partner

I graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at The University of Edinburgh in 2003, and spent my first 3 years working in mixed practice. The following years were spent in small (companion) animal practice in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

I have had plenty of interesting and ‘exotic’ animals to look after, ranging from the usual cats, dogs and small mammals, to many feathered and scaly companions. The unusual and exciting challenge of exotic pets always keeps me on my toes!

I have a keen interest in surgery, both soft tissue and orthopaedic, and have achieved a Post graduate Certificate in Small Animal Surgery. This allows me to offer our patients more complex surgical options, which were previously restricted to referral practices.

Since Vets4Pets, Fort Kinnaird and Musselburgh opened, it has been pretty hectic but very rewarding. It’s been a lot of fun getting to know our clients and their (many-legged) best friends, and building a strong bond of trust with each of them. 2013 was a big year for us. I was honoured to be a finalist in Petplan’s Vet of the Year Awards 2013.

I spend a lot of my spare time baking and cooking, but am resolving to spend more time outdoors (climbing and cycling). My mischievous duo of girls are Tabitha (a 14yr-old tabby girl), and Sushi (a 9yr-old tabby girl), with my husband being the only boy in the house! Some of you have known Stovie, my beloved Springer Spaniel cross who I lost just before Musselburgh was opened and is still very much missed.

As can be seen by my pets’ names, I spend a lot of time thinking about food too!

 

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Stratos Rokkos MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) Veterinary Medicine school in 2015. During my studies I worked as a veterinary assistant in many clinics in Thessaloniki. After my graduation, I joined the Greek army for 9 months and was transferred to the Military Veterinary Hospital of Northern Greece working as a vet.

Right after this period I moved to Edinburgh to study in the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Science. I studied MSc Animal Biosciences where I worked in the oncology department. My work was focused on the treatment of the lethal feline squamous cell carcinoma in cats and I graduated with Distinction. I joined Vets4pets in 2017. I always try to provide the best possible care for the pets and create a bond of trust with our clients.

Finally I have pets, Frufru (miniature dachshund), Karla (Belgian Malinois) and my cat Mavroula.

 

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Michelle Siebke MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I am from Germany and studied veterinary medicine at Ludwig Maximillians University in Munich, from where I graduated in 2013. Since then, I’ve worked in a variety of places, from every day small animal practice, to helping with an endangered large cat breeding program in South Africa, to doing emergency critical care in a small animal hospital in Glasgow. I moved to Scotland 3 years ago and am now hoping that Edinburgh will be a long-term base as it is a lovely city.

I enjoy working with cats and dogs as well as exotic animals, the variety of patients we see is one of the best things in this profession. Being a bit of a perfectionist I am striding to give gold standard care to all of my patients big or small. I am currently doing a postgraduate degree in Emergency and critical care and I also like internal medicine a lot. So no matter what drama comes your pet’s way, may it be a bite wound or diabetic crisis, I will be here to help in the most efficient (after all I am German) and caring way possible.

When I am not at work, you will likely see me and my partner out and about with our rescue dog Maximus aka Mctavish. We got him from Staffie Smiles Rescue who I have been supporting ever since. When not busy with doggy matters, I enjoy cycling, bouldering, reading and most of all traveling. I have been trying to learn Spanish for about 5 years now and as I am not a great language talent, if I continue my level of learning as is, I should be able to consult in Spanish in about 20 years’ time….so watch this space.

 

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Sung Dong Lee MRCVS DVM MVM

Veterinary Surgeon

Hi, I am Sung from South Korea. I graduated from the College of Veterinary medicine, Kyungpook National University in 2001 and worked in veterinary public health, a postgraduate school, small animal practices and a biomedicine company(as my alternative national military service) in S. Korea before coming to the UK.

When my wife and I moved to Edinburgh for her postgraduate study in 2012, we fell in love with Edinburgh. I became qualified as MRCVS (UK Vet) in 2015 and joined the Fort Kinnaird team in 2016.

In my spare time, I enjoy golf as long as the weather isn’t too bad, I also like movies, exploring, baking and cooking. I am a member of the WSAVA translation committee so I translate monthly bulletin and guidelines into Korean for my colleagues back in S Korea. I used to have 2 cats and 1 dog back in S. Korea but sadly they have all passed away. We don’t have any pets now but will have one (or more) soon after we move into a property that allows them. It would be lovely to see you and your pets at Fort Kinnaird soon.

 

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Lorna Forsyth MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Hello, I’m Lorna! I joined Vets4Pets at Fort Kinnaird in August 2017, and really enjoy interacting with all the lovely pets and clients we have here. I graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2017, having previously studied Biological Sciences at Napier University. I’m a local and I grew up in the Southside of Edinburgh. I’m currently in my second year of the Graduate Programme with Vets4Pets, so I get to go to lots of interesting events to further my veterinary knowledge. I am a part-timer as I have a little girl called Emma and when I’m not working you’ll find me out and about with her and my other child, my 12 year old rescue whippet Darcy. I love to travel and have been to some far flung places, including Peru, Cuba and Namibia, and I’m going to Mexico for my honeymoon in February which I’m so excited about as a lover of Mexican food and drink!

 

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Yanak Greshkov MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I was born in Petrich, Bulgaria in 1981. In 2006 I achieved my Master's degree in veterinary medicine and in 2013 specialised in Abdominal and Soft-tissue Surgery at the University of Forestry, Sofia, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, I started work as a vet in a mixed practice. From 2014 to 2017 I was co-owner and manager of a 24/7 mixed practice veterinary clinic. From 2008 I’ve been an active member of Bulgarian Veterinary Union. I was chairman of the Commission for Control and Professional Ethics for many years in BVU, DC - Sofia-the city. From 2012 till today, I’ve been a member and co-founder of the Association of Veterinary Surgeons in Bulgaria. I’ve been working at Vets4Pets, Fort Kinnaird since November 2017 and love seeing everyone with their pets in practice and working with a great team.

 

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Christina Mitchell RVN

Head Veterinary nurse

I completed my 4 years of training at our Fort Kinnaird branch and qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2016, from Edinburgh Napier University. I became the head veterinary nurse, at Musselburgh, a year ago. I have really enjoyed being able to work in such a new and lovely practice. In my spare time I enjoy going back home to the borders. I’m from a sheep farming background so have always enjoyed caring for all animals and I especially love getting to see my four collies. I’ve always grown up with border collies, so enjoy when any come into the practice.

 

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Nicole Thomson RVN

Head Veterinary Nurse

I have been with the team at Fort Kinnaird since January 2013 when I started my Veterinary Nurse training. I worked as a receptionist and Veterinary Care Assistant until I completed my training. I graduated from Edinburgh Napier University as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in July 2016. I enjoy consulting and have completed a certificate in Canine and Feline Nutrition.

In my spare time I enjoy going back home to the Scottish Borders to go horse riding in the countryside and I also enjoy playing tennis. I have grown up around family pets so I have been interested in all animals from a young age especially dogs. At home I have a mischievous puppy, Missy, a staffie cross, that I rehomed from Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home and 2 little Guinea pigs who are very vocal and like to tell me when they want fed!

 

Karrie McArthur RVN

Veterinary Nurse

I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2010. After qualifying, I worked in my home town of Elgin, Moray, at a practice that treated predominately companion animals. I left Elgin and travelled to New Zealand where I spend 6 months working in a cat practice. Since coming back from New Zealand I have lived and worked in Edinburgh.

I have worked at Vets4Pets for just over 5 years and really love my job here. I returned to work at the start of 2017 after having my first baby. I now work part-time between Fort Kinnaird and Musselburgh Vets4Pets. I am really enjoying being back at work. The area of my job I like most is helping with pets that have come in for surgical procedures. I enjoy preparing for surgery, taking blood samples, placing intravenous catheters and monitoring anaesthetics.

At home I have a little black cat called Puss who is 15 years old. She generally keeps to herself, sometimes I get to pet her, occasionally I get to pick her up for a cuddle! I wouldn’t have her any other way. Puss has arthritis and eats a special diet food which helps with her joints.

 

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Hayley Witson    RVN

Veterinary Nurse

I previously studied for a Degree in Commercial Photography so moving to veterinary nursing was a big career change. I was delighted to qualify as a registered Veterinary Nurse in 2018. I enjoy spending time with my partner, Jack, and my pooch, Percy. Percy keeps me on my toes by throwing me lots of curve balls, and I’ve learned loads just from looking after him. I love my new career, its great working with animals and helping owners look after their best friends. Helping owners to learn is very rewarding so I really enjoy running pet first aid workshops at Musselburgh.

 

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Rachel Singers  

RVN

Veterinary Nurse

Hello! My names Rachel, I am one of the Veterinary nurses here at Vets4pets Musselburgh and Fort Kinnaird. I grew up in Cyprus so I have a passion for rescue/ rehabilitation work and I’m good with shy/ nervous cats and dogs. Sometimes my colleagues refer to me as ‘The Zen nurse’. All my animals at home are rescues and they are just the best. My little old lady at home is classed as a ‘Cyprus hunting dog’. I rescued her and nursed her back to health when she was 1 years old and I was 10 and we’ve been the best of pals since. She is a bed obsessed dog and her favourite thing is either lying in front of a log burning stove or being wrapped up in a pile of blankets.

As a passionate yogi and soon to be yoga teacher I’m constantly on a quest for balance and inner peace. So I’m a very down to earth and easy going person, I love speaking to new people and meeting their animals. So please feel free to come in for a nurse consult with me so I can meet you. In my spare time I like to keep active by doing lots of yoga and going on adventures to do some photography, I’m a pretty creative person all round but my favourite medium at the moment is felt. I love to felt the Scottish landscapes, I’m currently most inspired by the Outer Hebrides. I play the guitar too and I constantly have music playing wherever I am.

 

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Stuart Hynds 

RVN

Veterinary Nurse

I qualified and registered in October 2018. I have an interest in the nursing of exotic species, in particular rats, and I enjoy the challenge of looking after exotics when they are in with us. Now that I am qualified, I want to increase my knowledge of exotic species. Outside of work I enjoy ice skating and volunteer as an Ice Steward in my free time.

 

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Erin Temple

Veterinary Care Assistant/Student Veterinary Nurse

I am currently in my 3rd year at Napier university studying veterinary nursing and I am employed here as a veterinary care assistant. I have grown up with dogs and especially love German shepherds. I have recently volunteered for Welgevonden game reserve in Africa to help broaden my knowledge on the ‘Big Five’. In my spare time you will find me socialising with friends, horse riding and traveling.

 

Kate Hillis

Student Veterinary Nurse

I’ve been part of the team at Fort Kinnaird since September 2017. I started my journey as a Veterinary Care Assistant and this was my first clinical job. I became a Student Veterinary Nurse in September 2018 and can’t wait to qualify. I’m the practice cat-friend and will never turn down holding an adorable kitten. I don’t have any pets of my own at the moment so I really enjoy getting to spend time with other peoples’. My favourite hobby is running after cute puppies in the streets of Leith.

 

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Georgia Ward

Veterinary Care Assistant

I started working for Vets4pets in August 2017 as a receptionist and have now moved into the clinical team as a veterinary care assistant. I have always been an animal lover and currently have a 4 year old cocker spaniel called Dotty and a black cat called Titch. In my spare time I like to go out with friends, go out for food and watch TV. In the future I plan on studding veterinary nursing and one day hope to travel the world with this job.

 

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Joanna Dudgeon

Veterinary Care Assistant

I am the Veterinary Care Assistant for Vets4pets Musselburgh and I adore dogs!

Whilst previously working at the Edinburgh Dog and Cat home, I rescued my Staffie boy who my partner and I spend all our time with out of work. I was a self-employed dog walker for 3.5 years but knew I wanted to move into a more clinical environment so took the steps towards a VCA role.

I love looking after all the patients and experiencing new things each week.

 

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Fiona Galletly MCIPD, MSc, BSc(hons)

People Operations Manager

I work with our Fort Kinnaird team and our teams in Musselburgh, Corstorphine, Straiton and Bonnyrigg supporting with People or Human Resources matters. This includes helping colleagues right from starting employment with us, e.g. recruitment, and all the way through their employment e.g. supporting engagement and wellbeing projects.

Through my role with Vets 4 Pets, I am able to combine two of my passions; supporting people to be the best in their job and meeting pets every day when they visit our Vet practices.

Outside of work I am a keen walker and dog owner, my young Westie, Argyle keeps me active. I grew up with pets including two dogs, a horse, a hamster and a rat so I have always loved having pets as part of the family. I enjoy travel, being outdoors, and sports, including running, mountain biking and snowboarding. As part of being outdoors, I enjoy seeing animals and wildlife in their natural environment. My favourite memory is seeing Giant Tortoises, who can live to be over 100 years old, in their natural home on Curieuse Island in the Seychelles. They are quite like our smaller tortoises, and I have been lucky enough to see one or two visiting our vet practices!

 

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Heather Glynn

Marketing Manager

Having joined the Vets4Pets family as a Client Care Advisor in 2014, I now hold a bespoke dual role focusing on Training and Development as well as Marketing. I’ve developed a real passion for the veterinary industry and enjoy being able to bring my business and events knowledge and my teacher training background to my job every day.

At home, I have a scruffy Bearded Collie Crossbreed called Lola and a mischievous Border Collie called Honey. Outside of work you’ll find me training Honey at dog agility or teaching Lola new tricks. You'll also find me exploring walks around East Lothian with my Husband, Gareth. I also have a keen interest in photography so in my free time I enjoy developing my photography skills.

 

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Denise Siegel

Client Services

I joined Vets4Pets in March 2018, a completely new direction for me (away from Pension, Insurance, Banking and Recruitment) after I decided that I wanted to spend my working hours doing something interesting, fun and rewarding. And it is! I’m an animal lover, and my 7 year old cat Fergus is a great pal. Out of work, I enjoy boot camp (once it’s over!), socialising with family & friends, helping out my (adult) kids and travelling.

 

Tara Thomas

Client Services

I joined the client services team here at Fort Kinnaird in 2018 from a background of events and hospitality which lead me to gain my diploma in Events Management. Originally from the Scottish Borders, I now live in a lovely local village with my husband Chris and my two boys Karson and Mason.

I decided to join the team because of my love for animals. At home we are not short of love from our furry friends, Nyka (Siberian husky), Lily (Ragdoll) and Old Mo (Our Beloved old Moggie). I love meeting our clients and their humans on a daily basis and getting to know them well over my time spent here at Vets4pets.

 

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Connie Aitken

Client Services

I started working at Vets4Pets in summer 2018 and work between the Fort Kinnaird and Musselburgh practices on the reception desk. I have always wanted to pursue a career with animals, and after a number of years jumping from jobs I was lucky enough to land the role I am in now with Vets4Pets. I hope, in the future, I can make the move to the clinical side of the team but right now I love meeting all our clients and their animals. I have already learned so much from the short time I have been here and always look forward to see what the day ahead will bring!

When I’m not at work and have some spare time, you will likely find me at home with my other half and our crazy cat, Marceline.

 

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Kayleigh Robertson

Client Services

I joined the team at Fort Kinnaird/Musselburgh about 18 months ago and very quickly realised just how much I love my job, as learning new skills and educating pet owners is a great passion of mine. I have a huge love for animals and I am also owned by an amazing trio, there’s Shylow my beautiful black and white moggie who is 10 and loves to snuggle. Then there is gorgeous Flash, a gentle border x bearded collie who is 8 and loves to chase bubbles, and last but not least I have Buster, my adorable bouncy staffie x rottweiler who is 4 and will do anything for a ball.

In my spare time I enjoy horse riding, the beach, spending time with my furries and catching up with family and friends.

 

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Jessica Golding

Client Services

I have recently started working as a client care advisor here at Vets4Pets Fort Kinnaird, having previously studied a BSc (Hons) in Nutrition and Food Science I decided on a change in my career path. I really enjoy my job here as I love meeting new people and getting to know their pets with each new day bringing a new challenge. I grew up near Loch Lomond surrounded by our family pets, I often visit back home to catch up with my family but especially to see our two lovable chocolate Labrador puppies Lunna and Canna. I am a keen baker and I try to make new creations in my spare time, I also love to go swimming and for long walks exploring the country side with the family dogs.

 

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Sarah Welch

Client Services

I was born in Northwest London, and grew up with my beloved Staffordshire bull terrier, Monty, who lived to the ripe old age of 19! I went on to study Creative Writing at Bath Spa University where I graduated with a First Class Degree. After graduating from university I moved to Cheltenham, and started working at Vets4Pets (Companion Care) in October 2016 as a Client Care Adviser. It was there that I met (and fell in love with) my guinea pig, Bobbie, who I adopted after he had a very hard start to life. After 2 years at Vets4Pets Cheltenham, my partner and I relocated to gorgeous Edinburgh, and I was lucky enough to transfer to Vets4Pets Fort Kinnaird in November 2018. I love my job, in particular I enjoy getting to know all of the pets (and their humans!) that visit us every day. No two days are ever the same and there is always more to learn. You’ll find me at the reception desk, most likely cuddling whatever lovely pets are visiting us that day!