Vet Nurse Team


Katy2Katy (RVN) – Head Nurse

I qualified as an RVN in 2006 and worked in small animal practice for 5 years, 2 of which were spent as head RVN at the branch surgery. I then moved to the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies to take up the role of Cancer and Wellness Nurse where I worked for 3 and a half years. During this time I sat my advanced veterinary nursing diploma through the Royal Veterinary College and graduated with Merit in 2015. I started at Thistle Vets in October of 2014 as Head RVN. I live with my husband, Border Terrier Milly, 2 cats and my horse in a small village on the outskirts of Bathgate.


ShirleyShirley – Practice Administrator

Shirley joined small nimal practice straight from school and trained as a veterinary nurse on the job, working for 12 years in an ophthalmology referral practice before becoming Practice manager. She then left to become a full time mum and run the local pony club and school equestrian club. In her spare time, Shirley can usually be found in the middle of a field with her three dogs and horses. She also enjoys attending pipe band competitions with her childrens school band.



kayKay (RVN)
Kay is from West Lothian and has been working with us since 2004 when she joined us as a student of Edinburgh’s Telford College. Kay qualified as a registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) in 2015. Kay is kept busy with three daughters Erin, Robyn and Freya, a French Bulldog and her lovely ginger boy ‘Ollie Purrs’.


 AlisonAlison (RVN)
Alison is orginally from Canada and after many years of travelling and working in customer service jobs she qualified from Edinburgh College with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2013. joined Thistle Vets in 2014. Alison has a aprticular interest in cat behavior and has a rescued cat with the great name of ‘Ninja’. In her spare time, Alison enjoys walking, travelling and reading.

Samantha (ACA)

From West Lothian, Sam knew from an early age she wanted to work with animals, horse riding from 5 years of age and volunteering at Five Sisters Zoo from 9 years of age. Sam qualified as an animal care assistant with an NC and HNC in animal care and joined Thistle Vets in 2015. As well as looking after all your pets needs, Sam assists Donald in the Dermatology referral side of the Practice. Sam is a keep fit enthusiast and  can usually         be  found in the gym or out  running with her German Shepherd ‘Roxie’.


AlisonJill (ACA)

Jill is a qualified animal care assistant and worked at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies for several years before joining Thistlevets in 2015. Jill has 2 children and lots of small furries including gerbils, Guinea pigs and rabbits that keep her busy.












Sarah is from Edinburgh and recently finished her training at Edinburgh College and has been with ThistleVets throughout her training for the last two years. Sarah has worked weeeknds as a receptionist and has a keen interest in nurse clinics and pet behaviour. When not working she spends time with ‘Dodger’ the cat and ‘Jack’ a lovely Retriever.


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- Vaccination course
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- Free samples of Thistle Vet pet food
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VIP Health Club

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- Regular checks and maintenance of good general health
- Top quality licensed medication
- Convenient monthly payments for routine services
- Discounts on additional service
- Optional Accidental Injury Cover