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Meet The Glasgow Forge Vet Team | Vets4Pets

Vets4Pets Glasgow Forge

Meet the Glasgow Forge vet team

Glasgow Forge Vets4Pets Struan Rafferty - profile image

Struan Rafferty BVMS MRCVS

JVP& Veterinary Surgeon

 

I was born and brought up in Glasgow and attended Glasgow University Veterinary School. I graduated in 2004 so I have over a decade of experience in small animal practice.

 

After graduation I spent a year as an intern in a referral practice in Essex before moving into first opinion practice in London. I spent the majority of my time in London working for a hospital-based practice where my duties included looking after the Metropolitan police dogs of south London. After leaving London I worked for 2 years in Aberdeen running a branch practice for a large veterinary group. After leaving Aberdeen I spent a year working and traveling in Australia and New Zealand before returning home to open the Glasgow Forge practice. We have now been open for two years and the surgery is just continuing to grow and expand which has been great to oversee.

 

I live in Glasgow with my wife Sarah (we recently got married in Iceland September 2016). Also at home is my geriatric 3-legged rescue cat called Cheeky who features in the practice photos. We also have a handsome new addition to the family…a ginger rescue cat called Grettir (Icelandic name for the famous Garfield).

 

I enjoy the variety of small animal first opinion practice but I particularly enjoy discussing preventative health care with owners and dealing with skin cases. I am currently studying a master’s degree in ‘Advanced Clinical Practice’ part-time at the University of Edinburgh.
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Eilidh Clarke BVMS MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

 

I was brought up in Edinburgh but saw the light and went to vet school in Glasgow.I graduated in 2014 and now live in Glasgow with my husband and our whippet Arthur. I was a locum vet in England before starting work here and I've worked at Vets4Pets Glasgow forge since it opened and have enjoyed developing my skills while the practice grows.

 

I enjoy meeting you and your pets in consultations and have a particular interest in surgery. If I'm not working you'll probably find me making music, I enjoy singing, playing the trumpet and have started playing the oboe.

 

You might also find me arguing with a knitting project although Arthur likes to steal my balls of wool. Most often I can be found walking with Arthur or curled up on the sofa, Arthur does love his hugs!
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Lynsey Buchanan

RVN

 

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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Lorna Green RVN

Veterinary Nurse/Head Nurse

 

Hi, I’m Lorna, I have worked at vets4pets Glasgow forge since we opened in March 2015 and I am now head nurse, I love being part of the great team we have here. I started working in veterinary practice at the age of 16 and qualified in 1997, so I have many years’ experience. I have previously worked in charities such as Battersea dogs home and Woodgreen animal shelters and also in a 24 hour hospital in London where I gained a wide knowledge of emergency + critical care and medical nursing.

 

I swapped looking after animals for children for several years raising my own kids and fostering fourteen more. I have a menagerie of pets which include my german shepherd Dougie, my bearded collie Kerry (who’s in the photo with me) and Fred the cat.

 

In my spare time I work as a phlebotomist for the Pet Blood Bank and I am currently studying towards gaining my Emergency and Critical Care certificate and my Anaesthesia Certificate.

 

I look forward to meeting all your pets.
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Caitlin Rea

Practise Manager

 

Hi everyone, my name is Caitlin and I have been with Vets4Pets Glasgow Forge since we opened in March 2015. It has been a quick but extremely successful journey so far.

 

I started out on reception and after a year I took on the role of Practice Manager. I love coming into work every day knowing I will get to chat to all our lovely clients and steal cuddles from all your pets. I am known as the “crazy schnauzer lady” so if you have a schnauzer – I want to know! I had my own miniature schnauzer Molly for 14 years (she was diabetic for 6 of those years so I can certainly relate to any of our clients with diabetic pets.

 

I have recently bought a house with my boyfriend and we hope to get a puppy in the summer time so I will keep you all updated on that via our Glasgow Forge Facebook page. I have two house rabbits Gerard and Butler who are still living at my mums – they are extremely cheeky and act like dogs.

 

When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I spend a lot of my free time horse riding and have been doing this for 15 years (I am currently looking after an Irish Draught mare for my friend…her name is Sooty. I also enjoy travelling around Europe to music events including Amsterdam 30 times for different dance music festivals.
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Gillian Dickson

VCA

 

Hi, I’m Gillian your veterinary care assistant. I have 27 years’ experience working within the veterinary industry. I have 5 children and 7 animals:-

 

2 Dogs – Sasha (an elderly lady) & Indie (20month old mad girly whippet – Arthur’s sister) 2 Cats – Duke & Diva who are both 5 and a half years old. 2 Rats – Honey & Monster (1 and a half years old) who definitely live up to their name 1 Rabbit (last but not least Tinsel) who will be 2 in July.

 

Caring for animals is my passion and I can guarantee that I will give every animal that comes into this practice 110% love care and attention.I look forward to seeing you all in the practice.
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Arthur

Hello, my name is Arthur. I can often be found at the forge helping to clear up by eating all the leftover food and biscuits and shredding cardboard boxes. I can sometimes be found behind the Pets@Home till and I'm always happy to say hello particularly if you have biscuits.

 

When I'm not at work my favourite things are chasing tennis balls, long walks and even longer cuddles... especially if I can be under a blanket!
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Coleen Brodie

Receptionist

 

Hi, I’m Coleen. I have worked at Vets4Pets Glasgow Forge since November 2015. I work on reception, so I get to meet all our clients and steal puppy, kitten and bunny cuddles (such a hard life haha!).

 

Prior to this, I worked for Pets At Home, so it has been good to carry on learning more about our furry friends (and our reptile ones too – of course!)

 

At home, I have 2 cats (Molly & Gizmo) and two bunnies, Murray and Tony. I adopted Tony last year, as his owner was struggling to look after him.
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David McCurrach

Receptionist

 

Hi, my name is David and I have been with the practice as a receptionist since July 2016.

 

Many of our local clients recognise my face from the shop, as I previously worked for Pets At Home at the Forge for 12 and half years as an aquatics specialist.

 

As well as being a fan of fish, I love dogs of all shapes and sizes (particularly Cockapoos!). I like being creative in my spare time, and enjoy making all sorts of things from scratch at home.

 

I am enjoying expanding my knowledge of pets and pet health, and I love being able to get to know our clients and their pets better at the practice
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Rhiann McCreadie

Receptionist/Student Veterinary Nurse

 

Hello, my name is Rhiann and I am a receptionist/Student Nurse at Vets4Pets Glasgow Forge. I work weekends as a receptionist but you will also find me here during the week carrying out my placement – I am training to be a veterinary nurse.

 

I love animals and always have and would hate to live without them. At home I have an old border collie called Audie, 3 house rabbits Blue, Drake & Willow and last but not least my rats Ebony & Evie. I love all animals and when you see me I will me I will always want a wee cuddle from your beautiful pets.

 

I can’t wait to meet you all!