Donald is a Director and co-owner in Thistle Vets and was previously a Partner with Ken and Sue Urquhart for 15 years until their retirement in 2015. Donald qualified from Edinburgh vet school in 1988 and after nine years working in London and the South East, returned to Edinburgh to join Thistle Vets 1998. He gained the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Small Animal Dermatology in 1991 and has been offering a referral service to other Veterinary Practices for complex skin and ear cases since then. He currently sees referred cases from all over Scotland and the North of England and has published several articles in the veterinary Press, co-wrote a book Chapter on laboratory medicine and regularly gives talks to vets and nurses. As well as dermatology, he enjoys all aspects of vet Practice. Donald has four children, a pointer ‘Maisie’ and a Staffie cross rescue ‘Mia’ (who you may have seen on the SSPCA TV advert) and three cats. He occasionally does short triathalons, slowly.
James is a Director and co-owner in Thistle Vets. James grew up in leafy Surrey before studying to be a vet at the Royal Veterinary College in London. After graduation he was tempted North and spent seven years in East Yorkshire working at a busy small animal hospital, dealing with all sorts of animals from cats and dogs, to seals and skunks. In 2012, James and his wife moved to Scotland to start a family and James joined Thistle Vets. James has further qualifications in Feline Practice (CertGP feline) and is currently studying for a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Cardiology, although sees himself very much as a general practitioner. When not working, he finds his time very much occupied with looking after his young family and clan of pets while trying to keep his hand in at rowing and rugby.
Catriona is from Dumfries and Galloway and after graduating from Edinburgh vet school in 2008, worked in mixed practice in Durham for two years. She then headed overseas where she worked in New Zealand for a year before doing voluntary work at the Esther Honey Hospital in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. On returning to the UK Catriona worked as a locum at Thistle Vets and did such a good job she became a permanent member of the veterinary team in 2012. Catriona enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery with special interests in dentistry, pain management and acupuncture. In her spare time she has two cats and a Lab ‘Archie’ to look after and enjoys snowboarding, horse riding and travelling.
Scott graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 2009 and also gained an extra Honours BSc degree when there.. He has worked in Glasgow and Australia where amongst other things he learned ‘keyhole’ surgery skills before joining Thistle Vets in 2014. His main interests are ophthalmology, surgery and diagnostic imaging including ultrasound scanning. When not being a vet Scott enjoys getting outdoors cycling , running or taking photos. A keen rugby fan but only as a spectator these days. Scott also enjoys holidaying abroad and battling an internet addiction.
Nici qualified from Edinburgh Vet school and after working in Wales joined Thistle Vets in 2015. Nici has a keen interest in all aspects of medicine and is a keen surgeon. When not working she is kept bust with her son Harry and miniature Dachshund ‘Eva’
Gail qualified from Glasgow University Veterinary School in 1991. After working in South Wales and a few practices in Scotland, she has returned from the Highlands to join us in June this year. Gail enjoys all aspects of surgery and internal medicine and has a particular passion for feline medicine. She has gained further qualifications in feline practice GPcert (FelP) and in veterinary acupuncture (CertVetAc IVAS). Currently she is working towards a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Advance Veterinary Practice, Cert AVP (Small Animal Medicine Feline).
Gail has a very talkative Siamese cat and three hooligan hens ‘Winnie’, ‘Crow’ and ‘Cuckoo’ (these feathered friends would also live in the house given half a chance!). In her free time she enjoys the great outdoors, hiking and cycling. When feeling less energetic (or when the weather is wet!) she prefers yoga, climbing, pottery, world cinema and socialising with friends.