Luke Perry BVetMed CertSAS MRCVS

Clinical Director

I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2012 and have moved around the country quite a lot since then! I have worked in small animal practices in Suffolk, Hereford and Somerset before joining Braid Vets as Clinical Director in 2018! I completed an internship at the Bristol University small animal hospital in 2015 which allowed me to further increase my knowledge in all areas small animal medicine and surgery. I really enjoy all aspects of soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery and have recently completed a Certificate in Small Animal Surgery.  Outside of work I have been enjoying exploring and discovering Scotland with my bouncy Wire-haired Vizsla Luna.  


Elaine Paterson RVN

Practice Manager

I joined the Braid Vets team in April 2012 when they acquired the Dalkeith branch.  I became Practice Manager in July 2017 and love the challenges the role brings. I have a background in Veterinary Nursing and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 1998.  When I became Head Nurse here at Braid in 2015 I realised how much I enjoyed helping with the overall running and organisation of the practice. I get huge amount of satisfaction working alongside the vets, nurses, reception and admin teams and really enjoy the customer service aspect of my job. In my spare time I like to swim, enjoy socialising, and have a keen interest in rugby. I am also the proud owner of an English Springer Spaniel called "Jake" that my husband and I adopted from Springer Rescue and a rescue cat called Bertie who is definitely the boss!


Liz McAlpine RVN

Head Veterinary Nurse

I moved from Glasgow to Edinburgh to allow me to study Veterinary Nursing at degree level at Napier University. As a student I came to Braid Vets many times on placement, where I was offered a job as a part time kennel assistant whilst completing my studies. I started work here as a locum nurse before being offered a permanent position in 2012. I graduated from Napier in 2012 and really enjoy working as a Registered Veterinary Nurse at Braid Vets, even as a little girl I enjoyed looking after animals as I was a volunteer on a community farm from the age of 7 until I moved away to Uni. My spare time is divided between my two young sons and my very lazy Ragdoll cat Orri, who enjoys sleeping all day. I am now a part of the E-Vets team.


Joanne Morrison

Reception/Office Team Leader

I joined Braid Vets in November 2018 as the Reception and Office Team Leader.  I had been in my previous role for 12 years and decided it was time for a change.  My background is in customer service and staff management.  My spare time is enjoyed with my family and friends, and I love having short weekends away to explore and experience other places.


Braid Vet with Large Dog
Kate Ramsay

Client Care Manager

I have been with Braid Vets since 1986, it's hard to believe, time just goes so fast, I have seen the practice change and grow a great deal in that time. I started out as a receptionist and am now our Client Care Manager.  You will usually see me on reception at our Mayfield Road Hospital.  I know many of our clients well and enjoy interacting and building a rapport with clients and their pets,  we always strive to provide the best service possible, if for any reason you have any concerns then I am always more than happy to help.


Scott Dickson BVM&S CertSAS MRCVS

Vet

After qualifying from the 'Dick Vet' in 1994 I worked for two years in a "mixed" practice in Cumbria. In those two years I enjoyed the beautiful Lake District, got married and decided my future was in small animal practice. I then spent five years at an animal charity practice in North East England and obtained a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Small Animal Surgery. My wife and I were delighted to return to Edinburgh and I joined Braid Vets in 2003, becoming a partner in 2008.  In 2018 I started to work part time, and spend most of the 2 days I am at Braid in the operating theatre, I hugely enjoy both soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery. Outwith work I am kept busy with my family and walking my two German Short Haired Pointers, Archie and Bramble.  


Alison Mauchlan
Alison Mauchlen BVetMed MRCVS

Vet

I qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2007. I initially returned to my home in Cumbria where I worked in mixed practice treating a wide variety of patients from cattle to cats. Over the last 4 years I have focused on small animal medicine and surgery and especially enjoy ophthalmology and dermatology. I joined Braid Vets in June 2014 and in between treating patients I enjoy walking, horse riding and relaxing with my rescue cat Flipper.


Braid Vet with Dog
Carrie Aitken BVM&S MRCVS

Vet

After graduating with a BSc in Animal Biology from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, I moved to Scotland to complete my veterinary degree. I qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 2015 and made the decision to stay in Scotland - to begin my career and to continue to explore this beautiful country. After graduating I worked at a small animal practice in Fife before joining Braid Vets in 2017. I enjoy working closely with clients in all aspects of my role and have developed a special interest in dentistry, chronic pain management and veterinary acupuncture. Outside of work I enjoy traveling and spending time with my partner, Richard, and our dog, Fox, and cat, Eno.  


Nurse Smiling at Camera with Dog
Alison Knight BVM&S MRCVS

Vet

I qualified from Edinburgh University in 2009 and began working in a busy mixed practice in beautiful Northumberland. In 2014 I got itchy feet and decided to use my degree abroad; I was a locum vet around Australia and helped with Mission Rabies in Goa. I have now settled in Edinburgh and began working for Braid Vets in April 2016. In my spare time I enjoy skiing, climbing and walking my spaniel Misty.  


Aileen Stirling BVMS MRCVS

Vet


Connor O’Callaghan BVM&S MRCVS

Vet

I graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2017 and, having wanted to stay north of the border, have been fortunate to be part of the Braid Vets team ever since. I enjoy the challenges of small animal medicine and surgery, and caring for inpatients in the hospital. I also have a particular interest in exotic pets (whether they have fur, feathers or scales!) and I'm currently helping to expand the exotics service that we provide. Outside of work I enjoy keeping fit, socialising and travelling (both Scotland and further afield). I am usually kept busy at home by my mischievous cat Percy, and two rescue guinea pigs Karen and Sharon.  


Rosemary McManus MVDr MRCVS

Vet


Joao Escalda MRCVS

Vet

I qualified in 2014 from the University of Lisbon in Portugal with a master´s integrated degree in veterinary science. The subject of my dissertation was echocardiographic measurements to predict pulmonary hypertension in dogs and marked the beginning of my interest in cardiology. I worked in Portugal for 2 years as a first opinion vet and cardiologist, before moving to the UK in 2017. Since then, I have worked as a first opinion vet, with responsibility for cardiology cases in a specialist referral practice and I am now working towards my certificate in advanced veterinary practice (CertAVP).  I run a cardiology clinic at Braid Vets performing cardiac scans, echocardiographs, interpreting ECGs and x-rays and advising on systemic diseases and their effect on the cardiovascular system, you may also see me on days when I am working in the first opinion clinics.


Sarah Stephen BVSc MRCVS

Vet


Dog Looking at Smiley Vet
Rosalie Bell-Niemeijer MRCVS

Vet

I joined Braid Vets in July 2011. Originally from the Netherlands, I completed my veterinary degree in Ghent, Belgium in 2005. After moving around the UK for a few years, I then finally settled in Edinburgh. I enjoy all aspects of my job, but I have an interest in internal, geriatric medicine and chronic pain management. I am also a Veterinary Acupuncturist. I live with my husband, our son, four cats and a dog, and they keep me busy when not at work!


Rebecca Amos
Rebecca Amos BVM BVS MRCVS

Vet

I qualified from Nottingham Vet School in 2012. I have worked in mixed practice in Cornwall and also in South Africa and India before coming to Edinburgh in 2015. I graduated with a Masters degree in Conservation Medicine in 2018 and now am Clinical Lead for Exotics at Braid Vets, and enjoy meeting all your spiny, scaly, feathery companions


Kimberley Green with Black Labrador
Kimberley Reid BVM&S PgC Small Animal Medicine MRCVS

Vet

After graduating from Edinburgh University in 2004, I left to work in England and New Zealand in both mixed and small animal practice. However the lure of the North prevailed, and I returned to Edinburgh and joined Braid Vets in 2014. I recently completed a post graduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine. I have a strong interest in medical cases, especially cardiology


Myvanwy Hanna BVM&S MRCVS

Vet


Esther Halcrow BVM&S MRCVS

Vet


Kirsty Marshall BVM&S MRCVS

Vet


Giuseppe De Nicola MRCVS

E-Vet

I qualified from the University of Perugia Italy in 2006, in my early career I worked mainly with farm animals, as much as I enjoyed large animal work, small animals became my passion. I spent 10 years working in a small animal practice, in a small town close to Perugia.  While there I developed a keen interest in emergency and critical care, I am a proficient surgeon with an interest in laparoscopy and reproduction. In 2017 I made my move to Edinburgh and joined the E-vet team.  I have recently started performing laparoscopic surgery at Braid. When I have time off I enjoy returning to visit family and friends in Italy.  I am a lover of the Boxer breed and have a full crew which I show around Europe.  I also enjoy cooking and the taste of good wine (I'm a sommelier too)


Gillian Hunter
Gillian Hunter BVMS BS MS MPhil MRCVS

E-Vet

After completing a BS at University of California, Berkeley and a MS in Animal Nutrition at California State University, Fresno I qualified from the University of Glasgow Vet School in 2002. After working in practice for a couple of years I went back to complete an MPhil in Veterinary Virology at the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Medicine. I grew up around lots of different animals and have worked in quite a few areas of the farming and veterinary world over the years both in the UK and USA including Nutrition, Sheep, Dairy, Beef, Fish, Poultry, Equine, Exotics and research before settling on Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care which I've loved since Vet School and been fortunate enough to have as my occupation since 2011. I joined E-Vets/Braid full time in July 2015 and have really enjoyed being part of a great team. When I'm not at work I enjoy playing the accordion (very badly), writing, working in our allotment, cooking, baking  and looking after my family. Currently I share my home with my 2 cats (Gator and Tom), 3 chickens (Bouncy, Juniper and Henlaggan), an assortment of ornamental fish and the occasional waif or stray from work.


Struan Muirhead BVSc MRCVS

E-Vet


Braid Vet with Large Dog
Paula Coll RVN

Senior Veterinary Nurse

Since I was 13 I have been working in a veterinary practice and I have loved it. I started in a small animal practice and I have helped out in mixed practice also. I moved to Edinburgh in 2008 to train as a veterinary nurse at Napier University. I became a kennel assistant at Braid in 2010 and then I started my placement here as a student veterinary nurse and never left. I qualified as a registered veterinary nurse from Napier in 2012. I enjoy all aspects of veterinary nursing, no day is the same. I have a keen interest in surgery and I am currently studying towards my BSAVA merit award in surgical nursing, this will help further my knowledge and skills. I also enjoy medicine, wound management and behaviour. Along with the other nurses I help run the practices puppy party's. Since qualifying, I have become a clinical coach to students that come to us on placement. I enjoy this role a lot as I provide support to the students to help develop their practical skills and to help them develop their knowledge in all areas of veterinary nursing. At home, I have a dog called Barney, a big loveable Bullmastiff, a rescue that my husband and I took on in 2012 and it was the best decision we made. In my spare time I enjoy socialising with friends, going to the cinema, watching rugby and heading home to Ireland to see family and friends.


Braid Vet with Dog
Cara Hutchinson RVN

Senior Veterinary Nurse

For as long as I can remember I always wanted to be a Veterinary Nurse and spent my childhood always begging my parents for more pets. I moved to Edinburgh in 2005 so that I could study veterinary nursing at Napier University, where I enjoyed my many placement visits to Braid Vets. I became a member of staff here in 2008 and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2009. Since qualifying I have become a mentor to student nurses here on placement from the College of Animal Welfare. This role involves giving tutorials to develop practical skills and providing support to the students during their time on here at Braid Vets. This is a part of my job that I am particularly passionate about. I have a special interest in physiotherapy and rehabilitation and in January 2013 I was awarded a BSAVA merit award in this subject. At home I have a cat called Molly, who enjoys sleeping, eating and the occasional mad half hour. In my spare time I enjoy shopping, going to the cinema, socialising with my friends and visiting my family in the North East of England. In January 2016 I became a consultation nurse which involves running clinics such as puppy and kitten chats, adolescent health checks, weight management programmes, post operative care, physiotherapy and discharging patients to their owners after surgery. This is a new role within the practice, and a new challenge for me. My favourite part of consulting is seeing pets grow from puppies/kittens to adults through the clinics and developing a bond with the pets and owners.


Braid Vet with Large Dog
Nicola McDowall RVN

Senior Veterinary Nurse

I qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2004 having been at Braid Vets since 2002, firstly as a Student Nurse, and then as a Registered Nurse. I currently work part-time, and spend my spare time looking after my three young sons and my rescue cat called Gandalf.


Mairi Petticrew
Mairi Petticrew RVN

Senior Veterinary Nurse

I graduated in 2015 from Edinburgh Napier University with an honours degree in veterinary nursing and joined the Braid Vet's team in early 2016. Although I am passionate about all aspects of nursing, I have a particular interest in emergency and critical care, as well as the nursing care of rabbits and small furries. In the future, I would love to earn a certificate in one of these areas. At home, I have a big, cuddly standard Poodle called Ava and a rather mischievous rescue rabbit called Dexter.


Lauren Fry RVN

Nurse


Gemma Taylor
Gemma Wilson RVN

Nurse

I first came to Braid Vets in the summer of 2012 for placement with Edinburgh Napier University where I completed my degree. I was then lucky enough to become a weekend assistant during my studies and when I qualified in 2015 I was offered a position as a full-time Veterinary Nurse. I enjoy each aspect of my job but have a real interest in anaesthesiology and hope to work towards extra qualifications in this area. Outside of work I spend a lot of time trying to entertain my adorable Border Collie, Corrie, who has been with me since she was a very cute puppy!


Susan Clancy RVN

Nurse


Chloe Kennedy RVN

Nurse


Taylor Campbell RVN

Nurse


Lucy Walmsley

Nurse


Emma Flockhart RVN

Nurse


Megan Smith RVN

Nurse


Chris Hann RVN

Nurse


Jenny Hill RVN

Nurse


Judy Graham RVN

Nurse


Ebba Orjefelt SVN

Student Veterinary Nurse


Kate Wood SVN

Student Veterinary Nurse


Cheryl McKenzie RVN

Nurse

I became a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2004 and joined the Braid Vets in 2005. After leaving to have my daughter in 2008, I initially returned to work as a Daytime Receptionist and I have more recently returned to Veterinary Nursing on E-Vets. I have a Ragdoll cat called Oli-Bear. In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit and travelling. Just back from maternity leave after having my new baby girl, who was born last December.


Sophie Woollhead RVN

Nurse


Katie Finlayson RVN

Nurse

I moved from Oxfordshire to Edinburgh to study Veterinary Nursing at Edinburgh Napier University in 2012, and quickly fell in love with the city. I began work with Braid as a student and working as a kennel assistant on the weekends, before graduating in 2016. I then quickly found that my passion was in Emergency and Critical Care, joining the E-Vets team in 2017. I have since completed a Certificate in Emergency & Critical Care Nursing. On my days off I am often exploring Edinburgh with my rather accident prone Sprocker, Kipper!


Jenn Lane ACA

Animal Care Assistant


Judith Strawhorn ACA

Animal Care Assistant


Lianne Jones ACA

Animal Care Assistant


Julie Stewart
Julie Stewart

Receptionist - Hospital

I started working for Braid Vets as a receptionist in July 2014, it's a role that I really enjoy. My spare time is spent with my own 4 dogs, I have an ageing Border Collie and 3 Flatcoated Retrievers. I breed, show and compete in agility with my dogs, which is great fun. I am a fully approved obedience instructor (up to gold level) with the Academy of Dog Training and Behaviour, I also have a certificate in Canine Psychology and I am a qualified Kennel Club agility judge. I also run the pet dog training classes for Braid Vets.


Kaija Diagne

Receptionist - Hospital


Jill Graham
Jill Denny

Receptionist - Dalkeith

I have worked as a Veterinary Receptionist since 1998. I have a degree in Biological Science, attained from Napier University in 1996 and I have rescue dog called Marvin.


Lillian Borland

Receptionist - Dalkeith

I joined the practice in September 2014 and work afternoons at Dalkeith. I have 2 guinea pigs Lucien and Atreides and in my spare time I like travelling, going to concerts and photography.


Anna Bzowska

Receptionist - Leith Walk


Gerry Baxter

Receptionist - Leith Walk


Braid Vet with Dog
Ann Laird

Receptionist


Dog Being Held by Vet
Sara Bakwena

Office Administrator

After working within the Hospitality Industry for a short period, I decided to opt for a career change and a new challenge. I joined Braid Vets in January 1999 and worked as a full-time receptionist for 7 and a half year. As the needs of the business have changed, so has my role within the practice. I now work in our small, but busy office as an Assistant Practice Administrator. My spare time is spent looking after my young daughter and new born son.


Catriona Anderson
Catriona Anderson

Office Administrator

I joined Braid Vets in 2010. I work part-time in our busy office doing the accounts and dealing with our Health Plan membership. I graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2007 with a degree in Ecological Science. My spare time is spent with my young son and husband.