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Vets4Pets Livingston

Meet the Livingston vet team

Adam Vets4Pets Livingston

Adam Charleston BVM&S GP certs MRCVS

Owner & Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from Edinburgh University in 2000 and I was delighted to return to the area when I opened Vets4Pets Livingston in 2007. Before then I worked at veterinary surgeries in Mansfield, Coventry and Portsmouth. A special interest of mine is internal medicine and dermatology. My dogs mean the world to me. Maggie is a border collie, and Billy is a greyhound. When I get spare time I can be found gardening and doing DIY, or I might be out cycling or at the cinema.


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Alison Docherty BVM&S, MRCVS

Part-time Veterinary Surgeon

I am Alison Docherty the lead vet at Vets4Pets Livingston. I joined the practice in May 2010. I graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 1999. I initially worked in mixed practice (beef, sheep and equine) before deciding to specialise in small animals after a few years in a busy West Yorkshire practice. I am now very experienced in all companion animal species with a particular interest in ophthalmology and feline geriatric medicine. I enjoy splitting my time between consulting and operating. In my leisure time I enjoy going to the gym and outdoor pursuits with my husband, two young children and two dogs (and occasionally my cat if he gets bored hunting!)


Phillip Cai BSc (Hons) BVM&S, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from the royal dick school of veterinary studies in Edinburgh in 2014 and I’ve worked all over the UK before finally making my way back to Scotland. In the coming months I’ll be looking to start a certificate in Surgery, so I can then provide a further surgical service to our clients. In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym and working out.




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Dr Emilia Piipponen BVM&S, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I am originally from Finland, I graduated from Edinburgh University in 2016 and have been working at Livingston Vets4Pets since then. I have a special interest in small animal anaesthesia and also love working with exotics. I find teaching very rewarding and am hence passionate about good client care. To relax in my free time, I enjoy dancing and also playing the fiddle.



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Natasha Watson BVM&S, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 2013. After graduation, i worked in London and Cambridgeshire, before returning back to Central Scotland, where i worked as a locum before settling in at Livingston. I have an interest in feline medicine and animal behaviour, and am currently undertaking a Masters in Clinical Animal Behaviour through Edinburgh University. I live at home with her three cats and naughty black Labrador, and in my spare time enjoys walking, cinema and escape rooms.



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Kay Lamond

Veterinary Surgeon

More info coming soon!










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Kathleen Fardoe BSc (Hons), BVM&S, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from RDSVS in Edinburgh in 2008 and spent a year in mixed practice in Fife before moving to West Lothian and specialising in companion animals. I joined the Vets4Pets Livingston team in 2016. I enjoy both consulting and operating and have a special interest in imaging especially ultrasound. When I’m not working I enjoy running with my Border Terrier Dylan and exploring Scotland with my young family.



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Anna Escribano MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from Barcelona University about 6 years ago and moved to Bonnie Scotland not long after that. I started working at vets4pets in July 2017 and I am enjoying it very much. I have a cat called Django, he is 3 years old and pretty much the king of the house. I really like feline medicine and, in my spare time I enjoy traveling and going for hikes with my husband.

 




Livingston Vets4Pets Jodi Laird

Jodi Laird RVN HVN ISFM Dip FN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I started with Vets4Pets Livingston as a student veterinary nurse in 2010, and qualified from Edinburgh Telford college as a registered Veterinary nurse in 2012. I am currently head nurse and have been since 2017. I have a great passion for the feline patients and recently gained my Diploma with merit in Feline nursing. At home I have a large cross-breed dog called Ollie and two moggies called Domino and Nala. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and pets.




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Linsey Russell RVN DHVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I joined the Livingston team in January 2016 and have been qualified for 10 years. My main interests at work are Anaesthesia and Theatre nursing. I enjoys keeping in touch with our longstanding patients at our nurse clinics and i always looks forward to meeting and bonding with our new patients too. I am also one of our clinical coaches; i enjoys mentoring and supporting our student nurses throughout their training and nursing qualification. I has a blue roan cocker spaniel called Todd who is 12 years old and a Dumbo rat called Brandon. Outside work Linsey enjoys music, films and travelling but most importantly spoiling her beloved Todd and Brandon!



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Nicola Waddell RVN CertVNECC

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I have been working in Veterinary Practice since 2007. I qualified in 2013 from Edinburgh’s Telford College. I have since completed a Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency and Critical Care. After qualifying, I spent four years working in large referral hospitals where I gained valuable experience working with specialists in all fields of Veterinary Medicine. I have a keen interest in Internal Medicine, Oncology and Emergency and Critical Care. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family, two dogs and my horse.



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Natalie Heywood RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I have been working in veterinary practice since 2015, and qualified form the college of animal welfare, November 2017. I have a keen interest in surgical nursing, and enjoy all aspects of assisting with in surgery. I am keen to complete further education on anaesthesia in the future. I my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my Horse, Prada and my cat, Rupert.







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Clare Bongi RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I am a veterinary nurse at vets4pets and have worked here since June 2017. I thoroughly enjoy working here and I have a keen interest in exotics and hope to go on and gain my exotics advanced diploma In the near future. At home I have two rather large dogs, Bruce who is a 6 year old Dogue De Bordeaux and Harley, a 9 year old mastiff x who we adopted last year. When I am not at working I enjoy spending time with my granddaughters.




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Heather Grassie RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I joined the team here at Vets4Pets Livingston in January of 2016 as a student veterinary nurse. I have since qualified as a registered veterinary nurse after passing my final exams in September 2017. I have a keen interest in emergency and critical care, I love nursing all kinds of patients back to full heath. I have a sassy little ginger cat at home who always keeps me on my toes and loves to pose for the cutest pictures. In my spare time I enjoy riding my horse jolly, particularly when there are show jumps involved. He loves a cute pose just as much as my cat princess phoebe.



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Katy Calder RVN Grad DipVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I started with Vets4Pets Livingston as a student veterinary nurse in 2010, and qualified from Edinburgh Telford college as a registered Veterinary nurse in 2012. I am currently head nurse and have been since 2017. I have a great passion for the feline patients and recently gained my Diploma with merit in Feline nursing. At home I have a large cross-breed dog called Ollie and two moggies called Domino and Nala. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and pets.

 


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Jenny Park SVN

Student Veterinary Nurse

I have been working in veterinary practice as an animal care assistant since 2014 and I started at vets4pets in August 2016 as a VCA and worked part time as a receptionist. In August 2017 I qualified as a VCA and went on to do my Student Veterinary Nursing.

I really enjoy working at vets4pets as I get to see and care for a wide variety of patients with different conditions. I also enjoy building up relationships with our clients and pets. Once I qualify I will be looking to continue studying, specialising in Emergency and Critical Care. In my spare time I ride and compete my rescued ex-racehorse Stan and spend time with my working cocker spaniel called Seve.

 

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Chloe Easton SVN

Student Veterinary Nurse

I am a student veterinary nurse at vets4pets and have worked here since November 2016. I have two dogs of my own, Mac who is 13 years old and Bracken who is 12 years old. They are both west highland white terriers and just the best pets. In the future I would like to study Hydrotherapy/Physiotherapy in addition to my nursing qualification. Outside of work I competitively play the tenor drum in a pipe band and thoroughly enjoy it. 

Hayley Sheild VCA

Veterinary Care Assistant

I am a veterinary care assistant (VCA) and have worked here since September 2017. After I finish my vca course I am looking to go on and study veterinary nursing. At home I have many pets, one of which is my 5 year old guinea pig, Joey. Before I came to vets4pets I spent a year at the royal dick vet school in Edinburgh studying exotics and livestock for my level 3 diploma in animal care. My favourite part of my job is working with exotics or helping with dental work. I have a passion for working with livestock so when I qualify I am looking to go on and specialise in large animals.

 


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Nicky Wardlaw VCA

Veterinary Care Assistant

I have worked at vets4pets since august 2014. I am a veterinary care assistant (vca) and hoping to start studying veterinary nursing. The best thing about my job is meeting lots of different animals, young and old, and helping sick & injured animals back to health. I have a 4 year old Labrador x pointer called Dexter who is crazy. Also a 2 year old black cat called Rey who is a little sassy. In my spare time I like to go out exploring on big walks to different places with my little sidekick Dexter. 
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Erin Temple VCA

Veterinary Care Assistant

I have been working for vets4pets since August 2017 and I love my job as a veterinary care assistant (vca). In August 2018 I have been confirmed a place in the student veterinary nurse course at Oatridge. I am very excited to start studying. At home I have a 4 year old husky x malamute called Kiva who is very sassy and a 12 year old Labrador x Dalmatian called Memphis who loves a snuggle.

 



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Isobel Genelli

Practice Manager

What is your favourite animal and why?
Orangutans, because I find them funny.

What pets do you have and what are their names?
Poppy my Tortoiseshell Cat.

What is the best pet name you have come across?
Effie

What is your favourite famous animal?
Elsa the Lion from Born Free.

Mandy Nicholson

Receptionist

I joined vets4pets in January 2011 as a receptionist. My favourite part of my job is meeting and greeting all our clients and their pets. At home I have many pets including 2 dogs called Charlie and Gucci, 1 called toots and a very special little rabbit my wee Sox.




Claire Taylor

Receptionist

I joined Vets4Pets in October 2009. For the first 7 years I worked on reception but since returning last year form maternity, I have been involved more with the administration side of the business. I enjoy working here as not one day is the same. I have two very cuddly cats called Noah & Leon.




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Daryl Clayden

Receptionist

I am one of our part time receptionists within the practice and have worked here several years ago as a veterinary nurse. I returned to the practice least year and I am keen to return to veterinary nursing in the near future. I started working with animals when I was 16 years old and my passion for them runs deep. I own a 5 year old border collie cross called Flynn and we enjoy long walks together and trips to the beach. I also own a guinea pig and two fish. My interests are mainly animal care, nutrition and behaviour. I enjoy looking after our clients and their pets, delivering a friendly and professional service. 

Fiona

Receptionist

I joined vet4pets in 2016 after having worked in various different administrative positions. This one, is by far my favourite! With not having any pets of my own at the moment, coming into work is like getting to meet a new pet every day! My favourite part of the job, is getting to see the progress the sick animals make, from seeing how poorly they are when they come in, to how happy and healthy they are when they leave. Knowing that we are able to make our clients happy by making sure their best friend is well looked after, always makes our day.
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Cerys Turner

Receptionist

I'm Cerys, one of the receptionist at Vets4Pets Livingston. I started here in December 2017. My favourite part about working Vets4Pets would be getting to know all the animals and their owners. I don't have any pets at the moment, but in the near future I would love to have a cockapoo.





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Caitlin Smith

Receptionist

I joined vets4pets as a receptionist in December 2017. Before that I studied animal care at college. I enjoy working at vets4pets because everybody here works their hardest to provide the best care possible for all pets. At home I have many pets who I spend my spare time looking after, these include 4 guinea pigs, 3 dogs a Shetland pony and chickens.



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Caitlin Taylor

Receptionist

I joined vets4pets as a receptionist in March 2018. My favourite part of the job is meeting the patients and owners and hearing their different stories. It also makes me smile seeing animals getting better due to our amazing vets and nurses doing their absolute most to help. I enjoy spending my free time with my little Lhasa apso puppy Quinn. I also have a cat who is a bit grumpy, usually avoiding anyone. I also enjoy playing sports, mainly football but I will always try something new.
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Jennifer Gahagan

Receptionist

I have worked as a receptionist at Vets4Pets since May 2018 and enjoy meeting all our lovely clients and owners. The best part of my job is getting cuddles from all of our patients, big and small. In my spare time I enjoy taking my two little dogs walks, I have a 6 year old Boston terrier called Darcy and a 4 year old Pug called April who have bundles of energy and keep me on my toes.


Rachel Blair

Receptionist

I am one of the receptionist at vets4pets and have been since September 2016. The best thing about my job is getting to meet loads of amazing animals and being able to witness sick animals become themselves again. I have a one year old border collie called Cody. In my spare time I love to take him long walks around Edinburgh and many other places. 

Suzanne Oswald

Receptionist

I have worked as a receptionist at vets4pets since May 2016. I have a cat called Floki who is very naughty. I work with a great team who are very supportive and fun to be around. In my spare time I enjoy going to rock concerns to see many different bands.

 

Emma Rocca

Receptionist

I have recently started as a Receptionist in Livingston, which I love. With a lifelong love for animals and a number of my own, it's an environment I have always wanted to work in since completing and HND in Equine Management and having a career within the equestrian industry over the last eighteen years. I am looking forward to increasing my knowledge of small animal care and possibly doing some additional studying. 
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Nicky Gray

Receptionist

I started reception in June 2018 and only being here a short while, I am absolutely loving it. I have always seen myself in a job doing something with animals but the opportunity has never arose until now. The best part is seeing all the puppies and kittens. The worst part is the sad moments when beloved pets are being put to sleep. I only have the one dog called Skye who is 11 years young and still very puppy-like. Possibly going to rescue a guinea pig later this year with the persuasion from my colleagues.