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Vets4Pets Corstorphine

Meet the Corstorphine Vet Team

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Sonia Stoddart

Joint Venture Partner & Veterinary Surgeon

Unlike a lot of vets, I didn’t grow up knowing I wanted to be a vet and only realised it was the career for me until much later. I grew up in Minnesota in America and worked two jobs growing up: on a farm and in a little privately owned coffee shop. While the farm taught me a lot about the importance of hard work, I will never forget how much I loved getting to know all the regulars at the coffee shop. I graduated from high school and needed to quit these jobs to start my first degree, but never forgot what they taught me. I moved to Wisconsin to study neurobiology at UW Madison.

It was here I met my now husband and the adorable little moggie named Lupita (“little wolf”). I graduated there with a first then we three moved to Los Angeles where I worked in a lab studying children’s leukaemia. The work here was so important but I felt very disconnected to the patients I was helping. I thought back to the coffee shop where I got to know everyone that came in and I thought of how much I loved my little wolf. I also thought about how I needed to see the effects my hard work was helping my patients. I decided then I would become a vet.

We three then moved to Edinburgh where I studied at the beautiful Dick Vet. I was in one of the last classes to get to go through Summerhall, and one of the first classes to get to go to the new campus in Roslin. I qualified in 2013, spent some time in a busy hospital in Coventry England where I would routinely stay 3-5 hours after my shift to learn new surgeries, place E-T tubes, learn new ways to handle internal medicine challenges, etc. I started with Vets4Pets in 2014 and took over the Corstorphine branch in late 2017.

So far, I’m so happy to be here. As I had hoped when going to vet school, my favourite part of being in general practice is meeting new clients and their pets, and I so look forward to getting to know everyone that comes into my room. I’m also currently working on a small animal internal medicine certificate. My other interests in the clinic are ultrasonography, kittens and puppies, clinical pathology, rabbits, general surgery, old animals of all species, anaesthesia and middle aged animals of all species.

Outside the clinic, I am mad about cycling, I also enjoy running, cooking, a good podcast, panel shows (panel shows and beans on toast are my favourite UK things!), music and my little old little wolf, Lupita.



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Margherita Boasso

Veterinary Surgeon

Hello! I am Margherita and I‘ve permanently joined Corstorphine’s team since September 2017. I had been here few months before as a locum vet, when I had just moved from Italy, but all the people have been so welcoming and supportive to me that I felt I was in the right place at the right moment. Due to that, I decided to start a new chapter of career and life here in Edinburgh. I graduated in 2015 and since then I have practiced with small animals, who I really love.

My major interests are internal medicine, anesthesia and analgesia, but I like being a GP as well. The thing I prefer the most about my job is being part of pets’ life and be there when they really need. I always try to help them and owners as best as I can and I feel that my role can have a very important impact on their quality of life, that’s why I think it’s “special”.

When I have some free time I like spending it with friends and family, I do enjoy travelling and spend time in nature and expressing my creativity with DIY projects. I like baking and cooking, but most of all I love my pets (you can see the last member of the crew in the picture).

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Leanda Hutchison

Head Nurse

More information coming soon.

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Helen Fentem

Client Services Manager

In 2015 I completed a Masters in Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare. Shortly after, I started working as an Animal care Assistant for the SSPCA. After working there for 6 months, I decided to make the move into small animal care, where I had always wanted to work.

I started off as a Receptionist at Vets4Pets in Corstorphine, and recently moved to the role of Client Services Manager. I’m looking forward to seeing what new challenges my role will bring, whilst still getting to see lots of furry faces (old and new!) and of course their lovely owners!

At home, my boyfriend and I currently have two house rabbits: Rolo and Bounty, who certainly keep us entertained with their funny quirks and silly antics. We also recently adopted 2 little rats: Popeye and Wonky, who needed a little extra care.

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Pui Pui Yu Liu

Veterinary Student

My name is Pui Pui and I have been a Veterinary Care Assistant here since September 2017. Currently I am training to become a vet at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. I am particularly interested in anaesthesia and in emergency critical care but I hope to be a mixed general practitioner in both small and large animals as well as equines. In my free time I enjoy riding ponies, playing the piano and travelling.

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Danielle Mannion

Veterinary Care Assistant

After working in the banking industry for nearing 3 years I decided to pursue my dream job as a veterinary nurse. This lead me to doing a lot of weekend work experience at Vets 4 Pets Corstorphine and I joined the team in summer 2017 when an opportunity arrived to become a care assistant within the practice.

I have an interest in small exotics and share my house with my own pets Gizmo the Russian Dwarf hamster, Tifa the Gerbil and Pumpkin and Frankie my rabbits.

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Eilidh Forbes

Receptionist

I joined the team here at Vets4Pets Corstorphine in June 2017. I originally trained in the performing arts and was lucky enough to spend several years travelling the world and seeing amazing places as a professional dancer. I always knew that at some point I would start a new chapter working with animals, and so far it has been a great journey.

I am very much enjoying my time here with this fantastic team and I love that I get to spend each day getting to know our clients and their wonderful pets! No two days are the same here, it is certainly not a boring job! My most favourite thing about working here is getting to have a sneak peek behind the scenes at all the interesting surgeries and procedures.

At home, my boyfriend and I have a sassy little 17 year old cat called Rosie, and my family have an extremely boisterous collie-cross called Hudson. In my spare time I still very much enjoy dancing and sharing my passion for this through teaching. I love travelling the world, being creative and spending time with family and friends.

Charley McNeill

Receptionist

My name is Charley and I am brand new to the Corstorphine team. I worked for 5 years as a groom in west Lothian before moving onto the SSPCA as an animal care assistant. I have always loved animals and hope to become a vet nurse one day. I enjoy cups of tea and squishy dogs. I own a Rottweiler-cross called Diesel who I rescued- he is a big goofball!