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Vets4Pets Perth

Meet the Perth vet team

Perth Vets4Pets Lesley Buchan

Lesley Buchan MRCVS

Owner & Veterinary Surgeon

I'm Lesley Buchan, the singing vet! I had two offers when I left school in Dunblane - study music at the Scottish conservatoire or become a vet. Guess which choice I made? After qualifying from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh I worked in mainly large animal practice in Cumbria for 12 years. I really enjoyed the farm work and was in demand for my lambing skills. However, I wanted to gain more experience working with small animals. A move to the lovely city of York allowed me to take over my own practice which I ran successfully for 10 years building a large and very loyal customer base. It was great to follow the progress of the families as they grew with their various children and pets. I have always tried to balance modern advances in veterinary medicine with a high level of personal caring. Whilst there I began to study for my certificate in dermatology, which I gained in 2012. I see many animals with skin conditions which are distressing so it is great to be able to provide expertise and latest medical techniques to help their suffering.

Although York is a beautiful city I missed the hills of Perthshire where I grew up so I made the move and was delighted with the opportunity to establish a new surgery in Perth. And of course there is still plenty time in my life for singing, playing cello and I hope to set up a karate club locally after achieving my black belt in 2011! I have grown up sons: Thomas studying music in London and Matthew who is keen to follow a career in drama. At home my constant companion is Lily, a rescue lurcher with the face of a meerkat, who races me up Craigrossie and potters about in the garden with my three chickens.

I look forward to seeing you and your special companions in Perth.

Perth Vets4Pets Patricia MacFadyen

Patricia MacFadyen BVMS, Cert SAM, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Patricia qualified from Glasgow Vet School in 1996 and worked in mixed practice in the south of England for 4 years. When she moved back up to Scotland she decided to forgo chasing hairy coos around a field in mid-winter for the very different challenges of companion animal work. In 2002 Patricia gained her RCVS certificate in Small Animal Medicine. This was led by a desire to study for a post-graduate qualification that would be very relevant to everyday general practice. In the course of the study for this Certificate she has developed a deeper awareness of l the most modern options for diagnosis and treatment whilst still considering what is the most appropriate approach for each pet and each owner treating them as individuals on a case-by-case basis.

She has also taken the Western Veterinary Acupuncture course and has found this to be a very successful complementary therapy for many animals who may not tolerate traditional medicine or that can be used alongside traditional medicine.

Patricia has a special interest in rabbits, guinea pigs and small furries and understands how even the smallest pet can be a large member of the family, deserving of all our attention and care.

After a short break from full time practice during which time she did weekend locum work around the Tayside and Fife area Patricia is happy to have joined the Vets4Pets Perth team on a part-time basis. Outwith work Patricia enjoys spending time with her two young children, cooking, swimming and geocaching. She has a food and dust mite allergic cat and is currently between guinea pigs.

Perth Vets4Pets Melissa Cartwright Little

Melissa Cartwright Little RVN

Part Time Veterinary Nurse

Melissa left school and went to University where she gained a BSc (Hons) in Medical Biotechnology. She followed this career path for several years but then pursued her passion for animals, so studied to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse. She has been in Practice since 2006 and enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing, in particular exotics. Melissa has 2 guinea-pigs (Ralphie & Rosco) and a Lab x Collie called Molly. She loves being outdoors so enjoys hill walking, camping and ski-ing, but also participates in weekly Circuit Training, Core Stability, Boxing and Step classes. Finally she also loves horror films and jet planes!

Vets4Pets Perth Lisa

Lisa Cameron RVN

Veterinary Nurse

Lisa left school in 2010 and went on to do the preliminary course in veterinary nursing at Edinburgh's Telford College. She then continued on and completed her level 3 diploma. She qualified in April 2014 and worked in the practice where she trained. Lisa has just recently joined our practice, in June 2015.. so is pretty new to our system! At home Lisa has 2 rabbits, Buttons & Bailey and a fox red Labrador named Kai. Originally she was from Staffordshire in England but moved up to Scotland in 2007. In her spare time, you will usually see Lisa doing some sort of fitness! She's even been crazy enough to go on a fitness holiday in May 2015 - by choice! She also believes hugs make everything better & needs at least 3 a day to function!

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Gayle Mitchell

Animal Care Assistant / Student Veterinary Nurse

Gayle started working as a Veterinary Care Assistant back when we first opened and following her love of animals is now studying for her Veterinary Nurse qualification at The College of Animal Welfare.

Between studying, working, looking after her daughters and caring for her black lab Rocky and her cat Socks she doesn’t have much spare time. The little spare time she has she picks up waifs and strays and does her best to make sure that they’re returned to their families.

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Student Veterinary Nurse

Hello, my name is Rachel and I am currently on placement here at V4P Perth! I am in my 2nd year of studying veterinary nursing at Edinburgh college. I have always wanted to work with animals so this is my dream job! My favourite part of this job is caring for inpatients and medical nursing. You'll usually find me in the kennels cuddling them all!


Perth Vets4Pets Claire


Student Veterinary Nurse

Our student nurse Claire is currently studying at Edinburgh Napier University and currently on placement here in Perth. She loves working with us but not so much the commute by train from Edinburgh!

Originally from Northern Ireland Claire has left her beloved Springer Spaniel Bailey at home with her parents, though she has brought her love of Irish dancing with her and can occasionally be found performing with Rhythm Jig when she should be studying.

Perth Vets4Pets Tricia


Client Services Manager

Tricia comes from an IT and hospitality management background so working with Vets4Pets makes a very pleasant change and she loves having the opportunity to meet you and your lovely pets especially as her own dog, a border terrier called Frankie, is not an animal lover. Interested in food she qualified as a nutritional therapist but is still addicted to wine and crisps. Outside of work she is regularly taken for walks by Frankie and enjoys reading, Nordic walking and tries to go skiing whenever she can find someone brave or foolish enough to look after Frankie.

Vets4Pets Perth Paula

Paula Caruana-Burlet

Part-time Receptionist

Paula has always had a passion for animals; especially horses, dogs and cats. Her main career has been with horses, teaching and training them. She decided she wanted a change a couple of years ago and embarked on a Veterinary Assistant course with the US Career Institute. Since then she has had amazing opportunities to work with vets on several spay and neuter campaigns and volunteer at a veterinary clinic back home in the Bahamas. Paula’s companions at home are her lovely cat Miss Molly and 2 rescue dogs, Flynt and Miss Pink.

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Emanuela Hunter

Part-time Receptionist

Emanuela is originally from Italy but has lived in Scotland for many years now and still loves it like the first day! Animals have always been her passion which makes this her ideal job. At home, she as a beautiful German shepherd called Kea, who keeps her mummy and daddy very busy! When she is not working, Emanuela loves to take Kea on big pack walks and enjoys eating popcorn and watching Judge Judy! She is very much looking forward to meeting all our current and new clients at the reception desk.

Perth Vets4Pets Rocky - dog


Practice Dog

I’m Rocky and I love swimming, sleeping and teddy bears. When I’m not annoying Lily I like to eat. Everyone feeds me biscuits when my mum Gayle is not looking, as she thinks I’m on a diet.

Perth Vets4Pets Lily - dog


Practice Dog

I'm Lily, a deerhound greyhound cross found as a stray in Leeds. Luckily I was eventually taken to the Dog’s Trust there and within half an hour of arriving had found a new home with Lesley and her boys. I now live in Perthshire and come in to work in Vets4Pets Perth. When I say “work” I mean “sleep and cadge biscuits from friends in the vets and Pets at Home”. It’s a great life! At home I like walks in the countryside and getting very close to the fire. My arch enemies are squirrels because even though I’m fast I can’t climb trees!

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Practice Dog

I'm Kai, a very bouncy, happy year old Labrador! I love long walks, stealing food & cuddles. My favourite doggy in the whole world is Rocky! He is my best friend and I am sad when he is not here. Even though I constantly play bite his face and legs, I think he likes me too. My mum Lisa is trying really hard to train me but I don't listen because I like to test her patience.