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Vets4Pets Fort Kinnaird

Meet the Fort Kinnaird vet team

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Kasia Dowhan-Reid

MRCVS Veterinary Surgeon and Joint Venture Partner

Born in Poland, I was raised and educated around the London area before qualifying at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and falling in love with Edinburgh. A few vets desire to become all rounders after qualification and this means mixed work. I started out in Aberdeenshire working with both farm animals and pets.

I am a down to earth, approachable person who is dedicated to providing my patients with the best possible care and I aim to deliver an exceptional service to both them and you their owners.

Outside work you will find me walking my dogs Spencer and Alfie, spending sofa time with my cat Bilbo, climbing at the local walls, hill walking in all weathers, and spending lots more time with my partner Alex.


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Gemma Pryor

Practice Manager

Having spent 8 years working in a veterinary practice in Aberdeenshire, I made the move to Edinburgh in 2011 to start work here at Vets4pets Fort Kinnaird.  In my role as Practice Manager I have enjoyed getting to know all our clients and their pets.  Over the years I have been adopted by a naughty little beagle called Sonny who is now 7, a feisty tabby cat called Marley who is 10 and most recently a young black and white cat called Stan who moved himself in over summer 2015.  In my spare time I do a lot of walking with Sonny and have enjoyed finding my way round Edinburgh and the surrounding areas.

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Paik Koh

BVM&S MRCVS Veterinary Surgeon

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 am currently enrolled in a surgery certificate course. I am looking forward to being able to offer our patients more complex surgical options, which were previously restricted to referral practices.

The past two years, since Companion Care, Fort Kinnaird opened, 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, together with my colleague Danielle, the finalist in Petplan’s Nurse of the Year Awards 2013.

I spend a lot of my spare time baking, but am resolving to spend more time outdoors cycling (when the weather’s dry!). My mischevious trio of girls are Stovie (a Springer Spaniel-cross), Tabitha (a 11yr-old tabby girl), and Sushi (a 5yr-old tabby girl), with my husband being the only boy in the house!

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

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Sonia Stoddart

MRCVS, BVM&S Veterinary Surgeon

Hi, you might know me as the “American one!” I moved to Edinburgh from Los Angeles in 2009 to attend the Dick vet and graduated in 2013. My husband and moggie and I all agree that Edinburgh is a wonderful place to be and decided to stay! In a previous life I worked in biochemical research and studied leukaemia. Given my laboratory background, I have a keen interest in cytology, which is where we take a sample and study it with the microscope. A great deal of information can be gained from very tiny samples! My other interests include books, heavy metal, cooking, kittens, cycling, running and pubs with windows facing busy streets. Looking forward to meeting you and your pets!

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Christina Mitchell

Student Veterinary Nurse

I’m a 4th year Veterinary Nurse Student and should hopefully qualify in summer this year. I have been on placement at Fort Kinnaird since first year and am now employed as a Veterinary Care assistant whilst studying. I’m from a farming background so have always enjoyed working with animals and love getting to go back home to the farm. I’ve always grown up with border collies, so love when any come into the practice.

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Sara Osburn

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I am a newbie to the team, starting in December 2015. The clients here are lovely and I thoroughly enjoy meeting all their companion animals. At home I have an amazing border collie called Levi, who I would bring to work every day if I could, but would then spend my day with him! I love my profession & enjoy working with the brilliant nurses here (as well as all the rest of our hard working team!)

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Nicole Thomson

Student Veterinary Nurse

I am currently studying Veterinary Nursing at Edinburgh Napier University and I am now in my final trimester in 4th year so nearly finished. I help out as a Veterinary Care Assistant at Vets4Pets Fort Kinnaird when I am not here on placement and hopefully will become a registered Veterinary Nurse here. When I’m not at university studying, 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. I love all animals but I have a soft spot for guinea pigs!

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Hayley Witson

Veterinary Care Assistant

I am currently working as a Veterinary Care Assistant at Vets4Pets Fort Kinnaird. I have previously studied a BA (Hons) Degree in Commercial Photography, after travelling SE Asia and New Zealand. I decided to change my career path and followed my passion to work with animals. At home, I have 2 boxers, Poppy and Bailey. In my spare time I use my photography skills to photograph pets! This year, I plan to start my Level 3 diploma in Veterinary nursing.

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Heather Thomson

Head Receptionist

I am part of the reception team here at Vets4Pets Fort Kinnaird. I enjoy my job on reception, especially because it allows me to get to know all our clients and their pets.

I have had family dogs since a very young age and now have a real passion for all kinds of pets. At home we have our family golden oldie, an 11 year old German Shepherd called Trudie, and I have my own dog called Lola who is a very energetic Bearded Collie X Border Collie and who is a bit of a scruff as you can see from our picture. I also have a fluffy lion head rabbit called Dougal. 

I graduated from Edinburgh Napier University in 2014 where I studied Business Management and Events Management. I have a keen interest in photography, especially pet photography. In my spare time you will usually find me having fun at agility with Lola and also enjoying lots of long walks.

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Denise Lindsay

Receptionist

I have recently joined the team at Fort Kinnaird and absolutely loving it!! I love seeing all the different animals that come in and meeting all the new puppy owners. I’ve worked in customer service all my working days and will continue doing so as I love meeting new people. I live in Musselburgh with my 3 year old son called Liam. I love going out with friends and catching up with family. One day I hope to have a British bull dog when I have a bigger home. I have a beautiful Syrian hamster called Sally and treat her like another child.