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Vets4Pets Corstorphine

Meet the Corstorphine Vet Team

Sara Murray JVP Veterinary Surgeon Vets4Pets Corstorphine

Sara Murray


Veterinary Surgeon & Joint Venture Partner

I qualified from Edinburgh in 2002 and spent the first three years of my veterinary career in a busy rural mixed practice in Northern Ireland. I then headed back to Edinburgh where I have worked locally as a small animal vet for the past eight years developing and honing my skills as a general practitioner.

I am very excited to now have my own practice here in Corstorphine and look forward to meeting my new clients and of course, their pets. I enjoy all aspects of small animal practice and I am dedicated to providing patients with the best possible care. With over eleven years of experience I pride myself on being able to offer a warm, friendly, open approach, and with the help of my team an exceptional service.

Leanda Hutchison Head Nurse Vets4Pets Corstorphine

Leanda Hutchinson

Head Nurse

I qualified from Edinburgh’s Telford College in 2000, after previously completing a small animal care course at Elmwood College in Fife. I completed my Nurse Assessor units in 2002 then went on to complete my Dental Leadership Course through Pfizer Animal Health in 2007.

I have a keen interest in dentistry, schedule 3 procedures, intensive care nursing and training student nurses to a high standard, in line with the RCVS occupational standards. Training student nurses plays a big part in my career, and previously I was a lecturer at Napier University on the Veterinary Nursing Degree Course. I thoroughly enjoy passing on my nursing skills, so I am excited that Vets4Pets Corstorphine has recently become a training practice and I’m looking forward to meeting some new students!

I’m kept busy at home with my 10 year old daughter and 2 year old son. We also have two cats, Marley and Jasper, and a Yorkshire Terrier called Harvey. In my spare time (if I have any!) my partner and I like to play ten pin bowling, and I run two bowling teams at my local club. I also love to watch my football team play at the weekend – but I won’t mention which one!

Corstorphine Vets4Pets Chloe Richards

Chloe Richards

Registered Veterinary Nurse

After previously completing a veterinary nursing preparatory course, I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse from Edinburgh College in July 2014. I joined the team at Vets4Pets Corstorphine towards the end of that summer, and I'm thoroughly enjoying being part of the team and meeting our lovely clients and their pets.

Growing up I was always surrounded by animals and knew from a very young age that a career working with animals was the path for me. I enjoy all aspects of veterinary nursing, and have a particular interest in medical nursing, radiography and emergency care. At home I have a lovely lab x staffie called Holly, a handsome elderly greyhound called Dexter, and a cheeky young cat named Angus!

Amy Punshon Practice Manager Vets4Pets Corstorphine

Amy Punshon

Practice Manager

In 2012 I graduated with an Honours degree in Zoology from Glasgow University and soon after began working with the Scottish SPCA in the National Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. After working there for 6 months I decided to make the move to small animal care, having spent most of my university career working in this field. I was part of the original opening team here at Corstorphine as the Veterinary Care Assistant, but recently moved to the role of Practice Manager. I’m looking forward to the challenges my new role will bring, but still getting to see the same familiar furry faces at the front desk!

At home, my boyfriend and I have our own menagerie of animals, comprising of a Golden Retriever called Reever, a Rottweiler called Lotti, cats Murphy, Poppy and Maisy – and a little Syrian hamster who joined the team after he was sadly abandoned last summer.

Corstorphine Vets4Pets Alison Hosie

Alison Hosie

Veterinary Care Assistant

Having been a huge animal lover from a very young age, I am very excited to be a part of the team at Corstorphine.

I gained an N.Q. qualification in Animal Care at Cumbernauld College, and have previously worked in a horse sanctuary. Most recently I have worked for Pets at Home in Glasgow. I’ve grown up with a variety of pets ranging from hamsters to horses, and currently own a Jack Russell called Lola, and two Guinea Pigs, Fergus and Oreo.

Shannon Beattie, Receptionist Vets4Pets Corstorphine

Shannon Beatie


Aged thirteen I worked at hairdressers near my family home in Northern Ireland and went on to qualify in 2009 with a Level 3 NVQ in hairdressing. I moved to Edinburgh in 2010 to support my fiancé, who is on the final stages on completing his degree in Computer Science.

I thoroughly enjoyed working as a hairdresser but always felt something was missing. It was only after moving away from my family pets Harvey (Cocker Spaniel) and Ruby (Domestic Short Haired Cat) that I realised I needed to have animals in my life. In my spare time I completed an E Distance Learning course and was awarded a Northern Council for Further Education (NCFE) Level 3 in Dog Grooming.

Since moving to Edinburgh four years ago, I have been working in retail, however my main career aspirations was always to work with animals in some way. I am very excited to become a part of the Vets4Pets team at Corstorphine as I get to experience working with people and their pets.

As well as my two pets in Northern Ireland, I have two rabbits in Edinburgh, Alife (Lion Head) and Lola (Minilop). If I had my way I would have a lot more animals!

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Poppy & Callie

Practice Pooches

Since meeting Sara at her first puppy health check (along with her mum, brothers and sisters) nearly 12 years ago, the pair have been inseparable. Poppy started her career as Sara’s right-hand-pup in Northern Ireland, working in a mixed animal practice. Upon moving to Edinburgh around 10 years ago, Poppy settled into life in small animal practice and opened Vets4Pets Corstorphine with Sara in 2013. She keeps us all in line, and can often be found helping the Pets at Home team to clean the biscuit aisle!

Callie joined the practice in August 2014 as an 8 week old pup, and quickly adopted the role of Practice Clown! When she’s not delighting us all with the sounds of a squeaky toy, Callie can be found playing in the park behind the practice (usually with friends she makes here at work) or annoying Poppy with requests to wrestle. Callie takes her job role very seriously, and always keeps us laughing.

When Amy first brought Callie along to join the team, Poppy resisted her advances for the first couple of weeks. Quickly Poppy realised that giving in to playing with the bouncy pup was the only way to make her settle down, and now as Callie grows older the girls are often found all curled up, snoozing in a ball of golden fluff.