Scott Dickson Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Small Animal Surgery
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. I am particularly keen on operating and 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.
I have been at this practice for 32 years and would like to be able to say that I had arrived straight from Vet College to Braid Vets. However, I spent my first three years in farm mixed practice so that means I've been at it for 35 years now!
Once you get to this stage you start to reflect what is important in your job, why you keep going and why you still get excited about the challenges of running a veterinary practice in the 21st century. The reasons for this are primarily because I am surrounded by a great team of people; vets, nurses and support staff. In my opinion small animal veterinary medicine is a people orientated business and having the right people is as important as having the ability to fix the animals!
Professionally, I am interested in skin diseases, clinical behavioural problems and in my spare time I attempt to keep my creaking frame in working order by keeping fit and playing golf badly.
I see my responsibilities as a combination of reminding people who James Herriot was and answering those tricky questions and 70s and 80s popular music in the pub quiz.
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.
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.
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 and a member of the British Acupuncture Society.
I live with my husband, our son, four cats and a dog, and they keep me busy when not at work!
Guiseppe De Nicola
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.
Kimberley Green RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Amanda Dolan RVN
I started in my first veterinary practice in 1989 beginning my career as a receptionist. Although I loved my job as a receptionist, it soon became very clear that I would love to pursue a career in veterinary nursing. I became a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2000 and have never looked back.
I enjoy all aspects of veterinary nursing but do have a particular interest in nursing consults and surgical nursing. My goal in the future would be to pursue my Diploma in Veterinary Nursing which will allow me to further my knowledge and focus on Surgical and Medical Nursing.
In my spare time I love tinkering with my motorbikes or running up yet another project on my sewing machine. Recently I joined a Roller Derby league and am now busy learning the finer points of what is an amazingly energetic sport.
Hannah MacKinlay RVN
I started at Braid Vets as a student in January 2012 on placement from Napier University where I studied Veterinary Nursing. I then enjoyed numerous placements before graudating in July 2015 and becoming a permanent member of the nursing team.
I enjoy all aspects of my job, especially caring for our in patients and diagnostic imaging. More recently I have been working some weekends with our out of hours E-Vets service during which I am enjoying gaining more experience in emergency and critical care.
In my spare time I enjoy socialising, horse riding and visiting my two black labradors Jenny and Weasel at my family home (and my family too, of course!)
Mairi Petticrew RVN
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.
Gemma Taylor RVN
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!
Katie Finlayson RVN
I moved from Oxfordshire to Edinburgh in 2012 to study Veterinary Nursing at Edinburgh Napier University. I came to Braid Vets for my placements as a student, and to work as a kennel assistant during the weekends for the E-vets team. I graduated as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in July 2016 but started working full time for Braid in March. Since then, I have particularly enjoyed my kennel shifts, caring for the inpatients and also scrubbing into surgical operations to assist the vets in theatre. I like to work some E-vets shifts on the weekends, to see some interesting emergency cases. Whilst I am not at work, I love spending time with my elderly, but still energetic Cocker Spaniel, Jive. We enjoy exploring some new areas of Edinburgh, with the aim of tiring her out.
Cheryl McKenzie RVN
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.
Client Care Manager
I have been with Braid Vets since 1986, recently celebrating 30 years with the Practice. 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.
Receptionist - Leith Walk
I have worked as a veterinary receptionist at Braid Vets branch surgery in Leith Walk for 20 years.
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.
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.
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.
Elaine Paterson RVN
I am a Registered Veterinary Nurse who qualified in 1998. I started out working in a mixed small and large animal practice and orthopaedic referral hospital, before starting work in Dalkeith in 2001. I joined the Braid Vets team in April 2012 when they opened their new branch in Dalkeith, became Deputy Head Nurse in January 2014, and then Head Nurse in December 2015.
I have a special interest in orthopaedics, wound management and animal behaviour.
In my spare time I like to go to boot camp, enjoy socialising, and have a keen interest in rugby. I have also become 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.
I joined the Braid team two years ago as an office manager and enjoy working with such great colleagues. I have owned cats for over 20 years or perhaps that should read the cats have been human owners for this time. I took the plunge 9 months ago to add a flatcoat retriever puppy to the mix and my word, what a life-changer with the daft mutt taking over my life and I now feel somewhat exhausted most of the time but he does bring a smile to my face. Any spare time left over will see me imitating an athlete on the local squash courts and hill walking.
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.
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.