Meet the Team

   







  • Hans Lambert

    Clinical Director

    MRCVS GPCert SAS

    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

    Clinical Director

    BVSc CertAVP(SAM) MRCVS

     

  • Mairi Petticrew

    Head Veterinary Nurse

    RVN APVN(sm)

    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.

     

     

  • Scott Dickson

    Vet

    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.

     

  • Carrie Aitken

    Vet

    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

    Vet

    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

    Vet

    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

    Vet

    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

    Rosemary McManus

    Vet

    MVDr MRCVS

    NA

  • Rosalie Bell-Niemeijer

    Vet

    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

    Vet

    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

    Myvanwy Hanna

    Vet

    BVM&S MRCVS

    NA

  • Esther Halcrow

    Esther Halcrow

    Vet

    BVM&S MRCVS

    NA

  • Kirsty Marshall

    Kirsty Marshall

    Vet

    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

    Kathryn Loughlin

    Vet

    BVSc MRCVS

    NA

  • Tannera Reid

    Tannera Reid

    Vet

    BVSc MRCVS

    NA

  • Kate Hopkins

    Kate Hopkins

    Vet

    BVM&S MRCVS

    NA

  • Struan Muirhead

    Struan Muirhead

    E-Vet

    BVSc MRCVS

    NA

  • Gary Stevenson

    Gary Stevenson

    E-Vet

    BVMS MRCVS

    NA

  • Giuseppe De Nicola

    E-Vet

    MRCVS

    NA

  • Cara Hutchinson

    Senior Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

    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.

  • Chris Hann

    Senior Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

     

  • Susan Clancy

    Susan Clancy

    Senior Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

    NA

  • Gemma Wilson

    Senior Veterinary Nurse

    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!

  • Lauren Fry

    Lauren Fry

    Nurse

    RVN

    NA

  • Taylor Campbell

    Taylor Campbell

    Nurse

    RVN

    NA

  • Emma Flockhart

    Emma Flockhart

    Nurse

    RVN

    NA

  • Megan Smith

    Megan Smith

    Nurse

    RVN

    NA

  • Dale Gillies

    Dale Gillies

    Nurse

    RVN

    NA

  • Judy Graham

    Judy Graham

    Nurse

    RVN

    NA

  • Ebba Orjefelt

    Ebba Orjefelt

    Nurse

    RVN

    NA

  • Kate Wood

    Kate Wood

    Nurse

    RVN

    NA

  • Susana Ramos Sanchez

    Susana Ramos Sanchez

    Nurse

    NA

    NA

  • Sarah Holland

    Sarah Holland

    Nurse

    RVN

    NA

  • Olga Turkowska

    Olga Turkowska

    Nurse

    RVN

    NA

  • Liz Chesman

    Liz Chesman

    Nurse

    NA

    NA

  • Cheryl McKenzie

    Cheryl McKenzie

    Senior Veterinary Nurse

    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.

  • Jenny Hill

    Nurse

    RVN

    NA

  • Jenn Lane

    Jenn Lane

    Animal Care Assistant

    ACA

    NA

  • Lillian Borland

    Animal Care Assistant

    NA

    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.

  • Holly Garrow

    Animal Care Assistant

    NA

     

    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.

  • Julie Stewart

    Senior Receptionist

    NA

    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.

     

  • Kate Ramsay

    Receptionist - Hospital

    NA

    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.

  • Ailsa Davidson

    Ailsa Davidson

    Receptionist - Hospital

    NA

    NA

  • Briony Lloyd

    Briony Lloyd

    Receptionist - Hospital

    NA

    NA

  • Pearl Troup

    Pearl Troup

    Receptionist - Hospital

    NA

    NA

  • Jill Denny

    Jill Denny

    Receptionist - Dalkeith

    NA

    Jill has worked as a veterinary receptionist since 1998, and has a degree in Biological Science from Napier University.

  • Mo Calder

    Mo Calder

    Receptionist - Dalkeith

    NA

    NA

  • Anna Bzowska

    Anna Bzowska

    Receptionist - Leith Walk

    NA

    NA

  • Gerry Baxter

    Gerry Baxter

    Receptionist - Leith Walk

    NA

    NA

  • Ann Laird

    Receptionist

    NA

    NA

  • Sara Bakwena

    Office Administrator

    NA

    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

    Office Administrator

    NA

    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.