Skin Referral Services

If you are not an existing client of Thistle Vets, an appointment for a referral consultation can only be made via your own veterinary surgeon.

Please note, all appointments are at our Clovenstone surgery.

Background of Thistle Dermatology Referrals
Donald Mactaggart qualified from Edinburgh university in 1988 and gained the certificate in dermatology in 1991. After working in referral practices in London and the South of England he returned to Scotland and became a partner in Thistle vets in 1999. He has published several articles in the veterinary press and recently co-written a chapter on laboratory medicine for a veterinary nursing textbook. Please click here for details on some previous case studies.


  • Full facilities for investigation and treatment of all diseases of the skin, hair, ear and nails.
  • Allergy investigation including intradermal skin testing and allergen specific immunotherapy.
  • Over 20 years referral experience
  • Prompt reporting of cases with full written report within 24 hours.
  • Telephone advice gladly given to veterinary colleagues
  • Good road connections (junction 3 City Bypass) and private client parking

Once an appointment is booked, your client is sent a referral pack with instructionsshort questionnaire and a map.

To Book An appointment (veterinary surgeons only)

  • Phone the surgery on 0131 453 6699 and we will arrange the appointment with your client and call you back to let you know the appointment time.
  • Or Fax the surgery on 0131 477 7751with a completed Referral request form and we will arrange the appointment.
  • Please post or send history prior to the appointment.

If intradermal allergy testing may be required, the withdrawal times for oral steroid are four weeks and antihistamines up to two weeks.

Referral pack – appointment instructionsclient questionnairedirections/map
Referral request form (for vets)
Immunotherapy reordering form

New Puppy or Kitten?

The Thistle Vets Puppy & Kitten Starter Package

Give your new arrival the best start in life with the Thistle Vets Puppy & Kitten Starter Package. Everything your new pet requires including:

- Vaccination course
- Kennel Cough vaccination for dogs
- Microchipping
- One month's flea & worming treatment
- Free insurance cover for 4 weeks
- Free samples of Thistle Vet pet food
- Online shop 15% discount coupon
- Free pup and kitten health check
- Free puppy or kitten pack

VIP Health Club

Our VIP Health Club offers:

- 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