I studied at Vienna veterinary school and moved to the UK shortly after graduating in 1998. After short spells in the Yorkshire Dales, the Highlands and Edinburgh. In 2001 I joined the team at Clyde Veterinary Group and have worked there until my recent move to Braid Vets.
I have a passion for surgery with a particular interest in orthopaedics, including the treatment of conditions such as anterior cruciate ligament disease.
Matthew Hilary BVSc CertAVP(SAM) MRCVS
Originally from London, I joined Braid in early 2021 after 10 years in practice around the UK and abroad. I have post-graduate qualifications in internal medicine and business management and particularly enjoy getting the hospital patients back to full health.
Outside of work you’re likely to find me running up a hill or obsessively following the weekend’s rugby!
Elaine Paterson RVN
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!
Mairi Petticrew RVN APVN(sm)
Head 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.
Since joining the team at Braid, I gained valuable emergency and critical care experience at the hospital, before moving to our Leith branch in order to pursue more small mammal and exotic nursing.
In 2020, I gained my certificate in small mammal nursing care and then made the switch from Senior Nurse, to Head Nurse. This is a role I am extremely passionate about, and really strive to assist our nursing team in developing our skills as an overall team, and supporting nurses individually to gain experience and training in areas that they are passionate about.
Outwith work, I have a very cheeky Sphynx cat called Egg and I enjoy cycling and travelling.
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
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 Mauchlen BVetMed MRCVS
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.
Carrie Aitken BVM&S MRCVS
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.
Alison Knight BVM&S MRCVS
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
After graduating from University of Glasgow in 2013, I worked in mixed practice initially in both Northern Ireland and Aberdeenshire. After a few years, home was calling and I moved back down to East Lothian and joined Braids in 2018. Moving to Braids has allowed me to follow my interest in small animal medicine. In my spare time, I enjoy baking, running and hill walking with my fiancé and little girl as well as relaxing with my rescue cat Whisky.
Connor O’Callaghan BVM&S MRCVS
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
Rosalie Bell-Niemeijer MRCVS
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!
Kimberley Reid BVM&S PgC Small Animal Medicine MRCVS
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
Esther Halcrow BVM&S MRCVS
Kirsty Marshall BVM&S MRCVS
I first came to Braid Vets as a school student looking for work experience and joined them when I graduated from Edinburgh University in 2019. I love working at Braid Vets, especially my time in the operating theatre. When I am not looking after the furry members of the family I enjoy playing badminton and climbing. I am currently searching for an older cat to make my home complete.
Kathryn Loughlin BVSc MRCVS
Kate Hopkins BVM&S MRCVS
Gillian Hunter BVMS BS MS MPhil MRCVS
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
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.
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.
Lauren Fry RVN
Gemma Wilson 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!
Susan Clancy RVN
Taylor Campbell RVN
Emma Flockhart RVN
Megan Smith RVN
Chris Hann RVN
I have always wanted to work with animals, but after completing a Degree in Zoology I was still unsure in which direction to go. I volunteered in Australia for a month, helping to look after injured wildlife and it set me on the path to becoming a nurse. I gained my Veterinary Nursing Diploma from the College of Animal Welfare in 2012 whilst working in the clinic at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. After working there for almost 10 years I moved to Edinburgh and joined the team at Braid Vets in 2019. I have a particular interest in Diagnostics and Surgery. My wife and I have recently adopted a 4-year-old cat from the Edinburgh Cat and Dog Home and have named him Steve!
In my spare time I like going to Pub quizzes, playing guitar, computer games and Hiking.
Jenny Hill RVN
Judy Graham RVN
Ebba Orjefelt RVN
Kate Wood RVN
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.
Katie Finlayson RVN
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 Miller ACA
Animal Care Assistant
Animal Care Assistant
With previous Veterinary and Kennel Maid experience I started working at Braid Vets in 2016 as a Receptionist, last year I changed my role to ACA at our Dalkeith branch and very much enjoy all aspects of the role and meeting your pets. In my spare time I go Hillwalking, Urbexing, going to music festivals in UK and Europe and am currently learning to play the Bass guitar. I am servant of a Siberian Forest Cat named Seraphina.
Animal Care Assistant
I started working at Braid Vets in October 2020 as an Animal Care Assistant (AKA professional pet snuggler) and I've loved every minute of it! I previously volunteered at the zoo where I made lots of scaly friends so I'm a big fan of seeing snakes and other exotics coming in. I have a wonderful ginger cat called Victor Frankenstein and spend my spare time playing with him, sticking my nose in a good book and exploring the outdoors with friends and family.
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 flatcoated retrievers. I breed and show my dogs, which is great fun and so far my homebred dog Oliver has qualified for Crufts 3 times and his mother Gem has qualified twice. I am also a fully approved dog obedience instructor (up to gold level) with the Academy of Dog Training and Behaviour and I also have a certificate in Canine Psychology and I am a qualified Kennel Club agility judge.
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 - Leith Walk
Receptionist - Leith Walk
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.