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Coronavirus Update January ’21

Due to the announcement of national lockdown in Scotland, we will not be able to fulfill routine health checks and booster vaccinations as normal. If your pet is due an annual vaccination in January, please await an additional reminder message in February or March to invite you to attend for a vaccine appointment. Puppy vaccines however, will be available as normal. Kitten vaccines will be offered on a discretionary basis.

We continue to see sick or injured pets as normal. Consultations can be made by phone, however we have temporarily suspended our online booking system. Currently we ask that clients phone the reception from outside the building upon arrival to ‘check in’ – the vet will then approach you outside or call your mobile phone when he/she is ready.

We are still providing flea and worming treatment to pets as normal on our monthly health plan – when you get your reminder email or text, just phone us, email us, or use our online medication request form to arrange collection of treatments.

Thank you all for your understanding in this matter – we are all looking forward to greeting everyone back in to the clinic on more normal terms when we are eventually through this awful pandemic and things are safer for staff and pet owners alike. 

Both clinics will remain open as normal, however our Sunday clinic will be divided between our Chesser and Clovenstone branches as follows:

Sunday 10th January – Chesser – 10am to 1pm

Sunday 17th January – Clovenstone – 10am to 1pm

Sunday 24th January- Chesser – 10am to 1pm

Sunday 31st January – Clovenstone– 10am to 1pm

Sunday 7th February – Chesser – 10am to 1pm

Sunday 14th February – Chesser – 10am to 1pm

Sunday 21st February – Clovenstone – 10am to 1pm


Coronavirus Update August 2020 

Thanks for all your cooperation over ‘lockdown’ and for helping keep our staff safe by waiting outside whilst we cared for your pets, however we are very pleased to announce that owners are once again permitted to accompany their pets inside our clinics for appointments!


Telemedicine/remote consultations

Despite our clinics resuming face to face in-clinic appointments, we are still able to offer tele-consultation via Skype or Zoom as an alternative way to assess your pet and decide if an examination is required. If appropriate, we are able to dispense treatment for them without having to attend the clinic in person.  The cost is the same as a standard consultation and if your pet does require to come in to the surgery, there will be no additional consultation charge.

Please call the clinic if you are interested and we can guide you through the process.


Thistle vets have been keeping pets happy and healthy since 1982.

We are a caring, friendly, Independent practice and treat your pet like one of the family. With our modern facilities and team of compassionate staff, we can offer your pet the best possible care.

Why choose Thistle Vets?

  • We are the only family run, Edinburgh based, independent vet in the West of Edinburgh
  • Two modern centres with excellent parking
  • 7 days a week appointment times (Sunday Chesser 10am-1pm)
  • Longer consultation times to give us more time to get to know you and your pet
  • Multi-vet team who care for your pet like we would our own
  • VIP health club to allow easy monthly payment of routine treatments such as vaccination, worming and tick/flea control
  • Free puppy and kitten checks
  • Four weeks free insurance
  • Online shop with large savings
  • Online registration and appointment booking
  • Text or email appointment reminders
  • 24 hour emergency service provided

Donald offers a dermatology referral service to veterinary colleagues in Scotland and Northern England. This service runs from our Clovenstone surgery.

Clovenstone surgery

Clovenstone surgery



Chesser Surgery

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