Victor Bates BVMS MRCVS

Practice Principal

Victor Bates has worked in the practice from 1988. From 2008 to 2016 ran the practice along with his wife. Currently has 3 dogs - "DC" a 15 year collie cross born in Edinburgh Dog and Cat home, "Penny" a 2yr Manchester Terrier who's mother was abandoned when heavily pregnant and "Georgie" a year old Bolognese. Also has two cats - "Twix" and "Snickers"


Laura Bolton BVMS MRCVS

Vet

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

Vet

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

Vet

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

Vet

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!


James Thorntonsmith BVM&S MRCVS

Vet

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!


Jenny Saxton BVM&S MRCVS

Vet

Jenny graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2016. After some time travelling, and working for an equine veterinary charity, she returned to Edinburgh to join Abercorn. Outside of work Jenny enjoys doing judo, and riding a horse called Blu.


Lauren MacDonald-Calder RVN

Head Nurse

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.


Katy Galloway RVN

Vet 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.


Nicola McClement RVN

Vet Nurse

Nicola graduated from SRCV (Scotland's rural college) Oatridge in March 2017 and joined the team in April 2017. She enjoys all aspects of Veterinary Nursing but especially enjoys nursing in-patients. In the future she would like to develop on her emergency and critical care and anaesthetics knowledge.


Louise Rodgers RVN

Vet Nurse

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.


Rachel Sibbald RVN

Vet 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 practices rabbit clinics. Rachel is also a clinical coach which involves the teaching and practical training of Vet Nursing Students. She has 2 cheeky house bunnies who keep her busy in her spare time


Sam MacGregor

Vet Nurse

Sam started working at Abercorn in 2014 on reception. After a year on reception she started studying Veterinary Nursing at the College of Animal Welfare. She has just sat her final practice exams and will qualify this year. Sam has a 10 year old Cocker Spaniel called Maddie. At the moment she is enjoying all aspects of nursing but hopes once she qualifies she can specialise within a certain area.


Carol Logan

Practice Administrator

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 and a new arrival called Smudge, an 8 month old Ragdoll keeping Echo and Carol on their toes. 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!


Mary McColl

Reception


Inesa Velaviciute

Reception

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 Smith

Reception

Marion started working at Abercorn in October 2017, before that she had retired from nursing after almost 30years service in the NHS. Marion has a Cockapoo called Laddie, Maisie and Morag the cats and a fish called fish!


Janice Clark

Reception

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.