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Meet The Fort Kinnaird Vet Team | Vets4Pets

Vets4Pets Fort Kinnaird

Meet the Fort Kinnaird vet team


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.


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.


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!


Imke Van Ettinger

BVMS MRCVS Veterinary Surgeon

Hi I’m Imke one of the Veterinary Surgeons. I joined the practice in summer 2015 and enjoy getting to know all our lovely patients. I graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of veterinary studies here in Edinburgh in 2012. After that I decided to broaden my horizons and spent a few years working with a practice in Wakefield England. I enjoy all aspects of my job from treating the smallest Russian dwarf hamster one moment to the largest Great Dane the next. As you may have guessed from my name I was not born in Scotland.

I grew up in the Netherlands in a small town called Vriezenveen and moved over here when I was just 9 years old. I have settled here, it is such a beautiful place to live and Edinburgh a friendly city. Since moving back from England I enjoy being back in Scotland again. In my spare time I enjoy going hiking as there are many beautiful places to enjoy around here. I also enjoy badminton, running and simply spending time with friends.


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!


Jen Campbell

MRCVS, BVM&S Veterinary Surgeon

Since graduating from the University of Glasgow Veterinary School I have worked in small animal practices in Leicester, Edinburgh, Oldham and East Lothian where I gained a wide range of experience in general practice dealing with both medical cases and routine surgery as well as preventative medicine. I also set up and ran the neutering unit at Manchester Dog’s Home. Recently I have had a short break from clinical practice and have spent this time working in IT/Administration in the NHS and also running a mobile Pet Grooming business.

I am now delighted to be back in practice and look forward to getting to know a new set of patients, and their owners at Vets4Pets Fort Kinnaird. I live with my husband Rick and our teenagers Jamie and Ailsa. The family is completed by Frodo, a comical Miniature Schnauzer, Coire, an intense but friendly Border Collie, and the cats Pixie and Belle who are mum and daughter. In my (limited) spare time I enjoy walking, both coastal and hill walking, reading, yoga and spending time with family and friends.


Laurie Adams

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I joined the Fort Kinnaird team in 2014 and completed my nursing training here and I am now a Registered Veterinary Nurse. I love meeting all our clients and caring for their pets. At home I have a Chihuahua called Coll who is 2 and a half and keeps me on my toes! I am really interested in our X-ray and dental procedures and have recently completed a nursing dentistry start course which I enjoyed thoroughly!


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!)


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.


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!


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.


Jordan McEwan

Veterinary Care Assistant

Hello I’m Jordan, one of the Veterinary Care Assistants here at Vets4Pets Fort Kinnaird. I studied animal science for four years at Scotland’s Rural College and have been working full time in the practice since November 2015. I have always had a passion for animals and have owned various pets throughout my life. I have two dogs at home, Maisie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and a black Lab called Sam. I also have a crazy bearded dragon called Suki. In my spare time, I love to watch films and enjoy taking the dog’s on adventures.


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.


Jamie-Leigh Thompson


I’m currently in my 3rd year of Veterinary Medicine at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies – I am a postgraduate student and moved to Edinburgh in 2013, after living and studying in Gloucester for 3 years where I graduated with a 1st class in BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science degree. 

I am originally from Blackburn, Lancashire – however I have completely fallen in love with Edinburgh so I’m not entirely convinced I’ll leave! It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to become a Veterinary Practitioner, so I am over the moon I am finally making my dream a reality – I just hope all the hard work pays off! 

I have 2 dogs, who unfortunately stay back home with my family- LuLu, my little baby girl! She’s a Shih Tzu and such a mummy’s girls so gives me lots of fuss when I go home to see her, and Muppet, he’s a Shih Tzu X Bichon Frise (LuLus puppy). He’s such a little monkey but I also love him lots! 

In my spare time (not that I get much!) I like to play football, I’ve played since I was 7 or 8 years old – I am the Vice-captain of the Vet Ladies Football team and I also like to hill-walk and hike. In 2012 I conquered Mt Kilimanjaro and raised almost £3000 for a children’s charity and travelled Africa for a month- it was an amazing experience and I would love to go back! 

I came to Vets4Pets on a work placement and was luckily offered the receptionist job! Since starting I’ve been able to meet lots of you lovely clients and your furry companions! I’m really enjoying the job so far and the wonderful vets are teaching me a lot!


Andrew Spence


I joined the reception team here at Vets 4 Pets Fort Kinnaird in March 2015. It was a big, but welcome change from my previous job and I am really enjoying it. I love meeting everyone and their pets especially all the excitable little pups and making a fuss over them. I have a few pets - one dog called Bella (2) who is pictured with me, she is a wee cross between a Pomeranian and a Shih Tzu. I also have two cats Charlie (9) and Chico (10) and lots of tropical fish.

In my spare time I enjoy lazing around watching tv, spending time with my nephews and going for walks along the beach with Bella (when the weather is nice) and day dreaming of moving to Australia (where the weather IS nice).



Denise Lindsay


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.


David Taylor


Hi guys my name’s David but you can call me Dave. I’m originally from Aberdeen and moved to Edinburgh in February 2015. I love it here as it’s a very vibrant city with lots of open spaces, much like my hometown! I’ve always loved animals so I was thrilled to get the job here at Vets4Pets. Being on reception is great as you get to see all the amazing pets that come to our practice. 

At home I have a rabbit named Ayrton who’s very cuddly when he wants to be. My main hobbies include playing guitar, listening to rock/metal music and gaming. I like to watch football and I support my home team Aberdeen FC. I especially love Formula 1 and follow it every season, with my favourite team being McLaren. I look forward to meeting you all and your owners.