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Vets4Pets Newton Mearns

Meet the Newton Mearns vet team

Michelle Barclay Newton Mearns

Michelle Barclay

Owner & Veterinary Surgeon

Born and bred in the outskirts of Glasgow, I graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 2005, and moved to Lancashire where I spent 9 years in small animal practice. Four years after qualifying, I became the sole practitioner in a branch surgery of a busy referral hospital and had the opportunity to spend time working alongside many specialists in their field. For the last 3 years I have been part of a large, 3 site vet practice, and have been the sole practitioner at one of their branch surgeries. I am now delighted to have the opportunity to own my own practice in the place I will always call home, and to use my experience in small animal practice to provide the highest standard of client and patient care.

I live in the West end of Glasgow with my husband and our 2 mischievous cats, Alfie and Louie. When at work, I especially enjoy all things medical, and attending to all furry friends, however I do have a secret love for cats! Client continuity is very important to me and I particularly enjoy developing trusting relationships with both clients and patients.

When I'm not looking after patients, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, keeping fit, travelling and experiencing different cultures and cuisines. I can also be found curled up for hours with my nose in a good book.

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Chris Parratt


Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Cardiology and Emergency & Critical Care

Chris originates from Essex, trained in Bristol and lives in Glasgow. He achieved the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Veterinary Cardiology in 2008, and Emergency & Critical Care in 2013, and was awarded a Masters of Research Degree in 2010 from the University of Glasgow. He is available to provide expert investigation and management of cats and dogs suffering from heart disease. He is also available to provide expert assistance for patients with a range of other acute life threatening illnesses. Your pet may be referred to Chris to provide further investigations and offer his expert opinion within the practice.


Hiram O. Quiñones Rodríguez

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from the University of Glasgow School in Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Growing up in rural Puerto Rico in the Caribbean, surrounded by small farms owned by my grandparents, I developed a keen interest in veterinary medicine & animals from a young age.

In 2010 I graduated from the University of Puerto Rico in a Bachelor of Science in Biology then moving to Glasgow the same year to pursue my veterinary degree. Upon graduating in 2015 I moved back to Puerto Rico to obtain my license to work there and the USA, once I obtained the license, I worked for a year in Puerto Rico as a mix practice and small animal veterinary surgeon.

After gaining skills and all kinds of insight into veterinary medicine, I moved back to Scotland in 2016 and have been here ever since. I joined the team here at Vets4Pets Newton Mearns in June 2018.

I got married this year to Laura who is also a veterinary surgeon. We have an 8 and a half years old gentle giant male Great Dane named Kalo. This boy is the one that steals our heart in a daily basis. We also have a 12 year old male domestic short hair cat named Leo that loves food and cuddles more than anything in the world. In my spare time I enjoying mountain biking and salsa dancing with my wife.

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Lynsey Buchanan

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Hi, I'm Lynsey one of your registered veterinary nurses. I graduated from Barony College in November 2016.

I have been surrounded by animals my whole life as I grew up on a farm. I love all animals but I'm probably a cat person, although I have a soft spot for chubby Labradors. I grew up with a rather podgy black lab and we now have another.


I also have a tortie cat called smudge. She was found on the side of the road when she was only a few weeks old. She's now 13 and loves cuddles but only when it suits her.

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Kelly Buchanan

Student Veterinary Nurse

I have recently joined Vets 4 Pets in August 2018, prior to starting I have worked within a veterinary practice for the last 8 years, starting off as a receptionist then as a qualified veterinary care assistant. I qualified as a veterinary care assistant in 2015 in Edinburgh and I am now continuing my studies to become a registered veterinary nurse.

I recently bought my own house and live locally. I stay with my partner Blair and my one year old son, Casey. We have a house full of animals including dogs, cats, marine fish, horses and a royal python. Never too many animals.

Outside of work, I am usually spending as much time with family and friends. I also enjoy competing my horse on a regular basis.

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Sharni Halford

Veterinary Care Assistant

Originally from the middle of England, I followed my other half to Glasgow in 2016 and we’ve now settled into a cosy wee house in Lochwinnoch with our two cheeky house bunnies, Max and Millie.

When we first moved I was working as a Wildlife Rehabilitator at Hessilhead Rescue Centre whilst completing my studies in animal management, but I was absolutely thrilled to be offered my job as a Veterinary Care Assistant earlier this year as I hope to eventually train as a Veterinary Nurse. My role is really varied and I enjoy every aspect of it, but I particularly enjoy getting involved in investigative procedures and offering the best possible care to our patients post surgery. I also have to admit to having a soft spot for the many rabbits we see here in this practice!

Outside of work, you’d probably find me engrossed in a good documentary on natural history, out for a walk in the countryside with my camera, or daydreaming about travelling the world in an old campervan!


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Lorna Dempster

Practice Manager

I joined Vets4Pets Newton Mearns in June 2015 as a Receptionist following a number of years in the hospitality sector. In July 2018 I was promoted to the Practice Manager which has given me lots of new challenges.

I have always enjoyed being with animals so this was the perfect job for me to move into. I have a Labrador called Bonnie but I have also had horses,goldfish and even stick insects! In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, cycling and travelling.

Newton Mearns Vets4Pets Sharon Fitzsimons

Sharon Fitzsimons


I was absolutely thrilled when asked to join my work colleagues at the Newton Mearns Vets4Pets practice in October 2014.

I have previously worked in a myriad of job sectors but definitely consider this to be the pinnacle of my career!

Sadly, last year I lost my dog gizmo. My wee man Gizz is sorely missed and working here has shown me why people keep pets- unconditional love...and what better place to work than a vets, to help give back what our pets give to us!

My husband is being gently warmed to the idea of a new doggie in the household!