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Meet The Newton Mearns Vet Team | Vets4Pets

Vets4Pets Newton Mearns

Meet the Newton Mearns vet team

Michelle Barclay Newton Mearns

Michelle Barclay

Owner & Veterinary Surgeon

Born and bred in the outskirts of Glasgow, I graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 2005, and moved to Lancashire where I spent 9 years in small animal practice. Four years after qualifying, I became the sole practitioner in a branch surgery of a busy referral hospital and had the opportunity to spend time working alongside many specialists in their field. For the last 3 years I have been part of a large, 3 site vet practice, and have been the sole practitioner at one of their branch surgeries. I am now delighted to have the opportunity to own my own practice in the place I will always call home, and to use my experience in small animal practice to provide the highest standard of client and patient care.

I live in the West end of Glasgow with my husband and our 2 mischievous cats, Alfie and Louie. When at work, I especially enjoy all things medical, and attending to all furry friends, however I do have a secret love for cats! Client continuity is very important to me and I particularly enjoy developing trusting relationships with both clients and patients.

When I'm not looking after patients, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, keeping fit, travelling and experiencing different cultures and cuisines. I can also be found curled up for hours with my nose in a good book.

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Lindsay Callan

Veterinary Surgeon

I fulfilled my childhood dream and graduated as a vet from the Royal Veterinary College (London) in 2015 having also obtained an intercalated BSc in Bioveterinary Science in 2012. Having spent 7 years in the big smoke it's great to be able to return to my hometown and join the team at Vets4Pets!

I currently live in Kilmarnock with my other half and our two cats and dog who like to keep us on our toes. I enjoy all aspects of small animal practice particularly surgery so I look forward to meeting all your furry friends when you come to visit.

When I don't have a stethoscope around my neck I enjoy attempting to keep fit so I have an excuse to try out some good puds and socialising with family and friends.

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Karen Batey

Registered Veterinary Nurse

 I joined Vets4Pets in August 2015, and have been working as a veterinary nurse for over 10 years. I completed my training at Glasgow Vet School and since then I have worked in a variety of settings, including a veterinary specialist hospital, general small animal practice but most of my time has been spent working in emergency and critical care for Vets now. I love all aspects of my job from meeting the newest addition to the family to looking after the older pets that have been part of the family for many years. I enjoy the variety that every day brings from nursing surgical patients to medical cases.

In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors, walking and cycling with my dog Sox. I also enjoy going to the cinema and just generally spending time with my friends and family.

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Mellissa Muir

Veterinary Care Assistant

My name is Mellissa, I joined the Newton Mearns team in March 2015. I’m currently a Veterinary Care Assistant training to be a Registered Veterinary Nurse. I’ve had experience working in an Emergency and Critical Care hospital for animals. I’m currently living my dream of working with animals and my two Pointers Harvey and Laurel keep me motivated! I also have gorgeous wee cat called Nibbles.

In my spare time, I like to walk the dogs, sit for hours watching new TV Series and travel to as many different places as I can!

Newton Mearns Vets4Pets Sharon Fitzsimons

Sharon Fitzsimons


I was absolutely thrilled when asked to join my work colleagues at the Newton Mearns Vets4Pets practice in October 2014.

I have previously worked in a myriad of job sectors but definitely consider this to be the pinnacle of my career!

Sadly, last year I lost my dog gizmo. My wee man Gizz is sorely missed and working here has shown me why people keep pets- unconditional love...and what better place to work than a vets, to help give back what our pets give to us!

My husband is being gently warmed to the idea of a new doggie in the household!

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Lorna Dempster


I joined Vets4Pets in June this year following a number of years working in the hospitality sector. I have always enjoyed being with animals so this was the perfect job for me to move into. I have a Labrador called Bonnie but I have also had horses, goldfish and even stick insects! In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, cycling and travelling.

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Chris Parratt


Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Cardiology and Emergency & Critical Care

Chris originates from Essex, trained in Bristol and lives in Glasgow. He achieved the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Veterinary Cardiology in 2008, and Emergency & Critical Care in 2013, and was awarded a Masters of Research Degree in 2010 from the University of Glasgow. He is available to provide expert investigation and management of cats and dogs suffering from heart disease. He is also available to provide expert assistance for patients with a range of other acute life threatening illnesses. Your pet may be referred to Chris to provide further investigations and offer his expert opinion within the practice.