Meet the Team
Clinical DirectorBVSc CertAVP(SAM) MRCVS
Head Veterinary NurseRVN APVN(sm)
I qualified from Edinburgh Napier University in 2015, and started working as an RVN at Braid Vets in 2016. After spending a few years working at our hospital branch, I then joined our team at Leith Walk as the Senior RVN. In 2021 I then became Head Nurse and moved back up to the hospital branch. I have a huge passion for nursing and am a true advocate for the nursing profession. We have such a great team of nurses and ACAs at Braid Vets, and I am very lucky to work with such a driven and capable team. During Covid I completed and passed my Advanced Certificate in Small Mammal Nursing. I absolutely love small mammals, and believe that the care provided to these species can (and should!) be to the same standard as we'd expect for dogs and cats. At home I have a very cheeky Sphynx cat called Egg - and you can always guarantee i'll be the first one in your consult room to say hello if you have a Sphynx, Rex or Siamese ❤️
VetBVM&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.
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.
VetBVM&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
I have been with Braid vets since the start of 2020. I have a special interest in emergency medicine and feline internal medicine. Outside of work I can normally be found training for ultra marathons in the hills with my collie x spaniel or out on adventures with my two young daughters.
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.
Giuseppe De Nicola
Senior Veterinary NurseRVN
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.
Senior Veterinary NurseSenior RVN - Theatre and Anaesthesia
I have been a Veterinary nurse since 2009 and over 4 of those years have been with Braid Vets. I am currently the senior nurse that is in charge of the running of our operating theatres, so I have a particular interest in surgery and anaesthesia. Before joining Braid vets I lived in London and worked at an animal rescue centre. In my spare time I am running around after my 1-year-old daughter. On the rare occasion I get some time off from parenting you can usually find me listening to a history podcast, playing video or board games or enjoying a pub quiz.
Senior Veterinary NurseRVN
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!
Senior Veterinary NurseRVN
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.
Animal Care AssistantNA
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.
Receptionist - HospitalNA
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.
Receptionist - HospitalNA
Receptionist - DalkeithNA
Jill has worked as a veterinary receptionist since 1998, and has a degree in Biological Science from Napier University.
Receptionist - DalkeithNA
Receptionist - Leith WalkNA
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 first came to Braid Vets in January 2019 for placement as a student veterinary nurse, I studied at Edinburgh Napier University for four years completing my degree in Veterinary Nursing. I graduated from Napier University in July 2022 where I joined the Braid Team as a full-time veterinary nurse. I enjoy all aspects of my job but have an interest in anaesthetics and animal behaviour.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my friends and going to football and rugby matches. I also enjoy going for lovely walks with my golden Labrador Marley.
Student Veterinary Nurse
I qualified as an RVN in 2011 from the college of animal welfare and worked for 7 years in a first opinion and referral hospital in East London. I completed my emergency and critical care certificate in 2014 and moved to doing emergency nursing overnight. I moved to Scotland in 2019 after a year of locumming and settled for a while in a busy first opinion practice and continued doing emergency work on weekends. I came to Braid in 2022 to be an E-vets nurse to continue my passion for emergency cases and inpatient nursing. In my spare time, I enjoy landscape and wildlife photography, hiking and cuddles with my cat Nibbler.
Having worked in veterinary for just 6 months prior to joining the braid vets I quickly found my footing amongst the fantastic team. Since then, I have found my passion for nursing care and am in the process of becoming a student nurse. I'm an avid outdoorsman who loves hiking and mountain biking. While I love all the animals, we treat anyone on the team will tell you I'm a bunny enthusiast with the drive to go above and beyond for our long-eared friends, especially because I'm a rabbit dad myself!
Animal Care AssistantACA
Lucas De Blasis
Chief Pet Therapist