Victor Bates has worked in the practice from 1988. From 2008 to 2016 he ran the practice along with his wife. Victor has 3 dogs - "Penny" a 2yr Manchester Terrier who's mother was abandoned when heavily pregnant, "Georgie" a year old Bolognese, and finally "Holly" a four month old Maltipoo. He also has two cats - "Twix" and "Snickers".
Laura Bolton BVMS MRCVS
After 3 years working in mixed practice Laura decided to specialise in small animals due to her love of treating cats and dogs.
She joined Abercorn in 2008, and enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine!
She lives in Edinburgh with her husband and her much loved cat Paddy.
Suzie Baker BVM&S MRCVS
Suzie Baker graduated from the R(D)SVS in Edinburgh in 2007. After a two year stint in a mostly large animal practice in Cumbria, Suzie returned to Edinburgh to work in mixed practice and focus more on companion animals. Suzie joined the Abercorn team in 2014 as an all round small animal practitioner with a special interest in ultrasonography and internal medicine. Suzie is currently juggling part time vetting with being a full time mum and any spare moment is spent riding her two horses.
Duncan Giles BVM&S MRCVS
Duncan graduated from Edinburgh vet school in 2006 and went on to work in a mixed practice in Fife for 6 years. During this time he also worked with a wide variety of SSPCA wildlife patients ranging from seals to buzzards.
Since then Duncan has worked exclusively in small animal practices and joined the Abercorn team part time in 2015. When he is not at Abercorn Duncan works as the Scotland area manager for Christians Against Poverty (CAP), an award winning charity which provides debt counselling across the uk.
Hannah McKay BVMS MRCVS
Graduating from Glasgow Vet School in 2010, Hannah practiced in the Highlands before moving to Edinburgh in 2015 to join Abercorn. She has a collie called Benji and in her spare time they enjoy hillwalking together. Currently she's very proud to be mentoring our newest vet, Jenny!
Iona Warren BVM&S MRCVS
Iona graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2010. She spent 2 years in large animal practice in Dundee before returning to Edinburgh where she focussed on developing her small animal skills. She joined Abercorn in 2015 part time, and is currently on maternity leave following the arrival of baby number 2. She lives with her husband and 2 energetic small children, as well as cat - "Mooshoo" and 2 horses "McNiff" and "Blue". When she's not running around after the kids she enjoys riding, painting and windsurfing. She enjoys all aspects of General practice, particularly feline medicine and surgery.
James Thorntonsmith BVM&S MRCVS
James enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and surgery but has a particular interest in ultrasonography. He is also currently studying for a master's degree in conservation medicine.
James has 3 dogs which keeps him busy in his free time - he enjoys hiking and camping when the weather allows!
Sarah Chinnery BVM&S MRCVS
Sarah graduated from The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2017 and worked for a period as a farm, equine and small animal vet in Cumbria. She decided to specialise in small animals and moved back to Edinburgh to join the team at Abercorn in January 2018. In her spare time, Sarah is involved with research into Veterinary Education at the University of Edinburgh. She also likes yoga, running and painting. At home she has a much loved ginger cat called Dinky.
Lauren MacDonald-Calder RVN
Lauren qualified in 2009 and after working for both animal charities and private practice, joined the team as head nurse in January 2017.
Lauren enjoys all aspects of nursing and has enjoyed the challenge of becoming head nurse.
Lauren loves all things Dachshund related after owning Stella the miniature Dachshund for 8 years. In her spare time she is kept busy showing her miniature Shetland Pony Trudy.
Rachel Sibbald RVN C&G CertVNES
Deputy Head Nurse
Rachel joined Abercorn Vets in 2014 and since then has taken a particular interest in rabbit welfare and nursing. She recently achieved the City and Guilds certificate in Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Species and runs the practice's rabbit clinics.
Rachel is also a clinical coach which involves the teaching and practical training of Vet Nursing Students. She has 1 cheeky house bunny who keeps her busy in her spare time
Katy Galloway RVN BSc (hons)
Deputy Head Nurse
Katy graduated with an Honours degree in Veterinary Nursing in July 2016, having completed part of her student placement at the practice. She has a keen interest in lab work and can often be found looking down the microscope. Katy's spirit animal is a manatee, though unfortunately these are not often seen at Abercorn.
Kimie graduated Veterinary nursing from Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2014 which is a joint degree with Royal Veterinary College in London. She has been working in small animal practice in Hong Kong for 6 years and has now settled in Edinburgh. She is very passionate about providing high quality patient care. Kimie has been named the dog "whisperer" by her colleagues, as she can create a magical comfort effect to most of your furry friends when they are worried and scared of being alone in the hospital. Kimie currently reads a lot about caring for geriatric patients and is happy to share some tips on how to make the elderly live with a young heart and to optimise their routine health care. She is also interested at small animal nutrition and plans to study this further.
Emma Rattray RVN
Emma started working for Abercorn Vets in Summer 2018 and graduated from SRUC Barony (Scotland's Rural College) in November 2018. Emma enjoys caring for hospitalised patients and doing dental scale and polishes when she gets the chance. Emma plans to further her knowledge in nursing consultations and feline care. In her free time she enjoys watching Netflix and cuddling her cat.
Louise Rodgers RVN
Louise qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 1986 - the first student nurse to qualify at Abercorn. Since then she has worked all over the UK and is very happy to return here. She has two music degrees which she continues to use by writing about music and participating in conferences.
Carol has been in the vet industry for around 10 years and has over 20 years experience in customer care and administration. She started at Abercorn on reception and is now office manager and can usually be found when not under a pile of paperwork wherever there is a puppy or kitten looking for cuddles.
She has Echo an 8 year old very cute but grumpy Persian Chinchilla cat. She reports that at home It's a bit like the Pink Panther films when the butler Cato jumps out and attacks when least expecting it! Hence her sometimes frazzled appearance!
Inesa joined Abercorn Team in March 2017 looking for new challenges and learning opportunities after working as a receptionist within Hospitality industry. Originally from Lithuania, Inesa moved to Edinburgh about 5 years ago - which she claims is the best decision she has ever made! Inesa enjoys living and working here, as she has met tons of amazing people and grown in so many different ways.
Inesa graduated from Vilnius University in 2012 with a degree of English Philology and now spends her spare time translating/ editing as a freelancer. She has always been interested in literature, languages (currently one more on the go) and is strongly drawn to exploring/ experiencing other cultures while travelling; she enjoys reading and engaging in creative writing. Inesa loves being active too - she belongs to a belly dance performance group, attends kickboxing/Muyai Thai classes and spends as much time walking in nature as left "free" time permits.
Marion started working at Abercorn in October 2017, before that she had retired from nursing after almost 30 years service in the NHS. Marion has a Cockapoo called Laddie, Maisie and Morag the cats and a fish called fish!
Janice moved to East Lothian last year after spending far too long living and working in London. She has been with Abercorn Vets since November 2017, and is enjoying getting to know all of the customers and their pets. Her passion is dog training and for much of the summer she can be found camping in a field at agility shows with her two rescue dogs, Bert and Loke.