Dermatology Referrals


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. 


  • 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 28 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.

  • Please send history to 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


Donald MacTaggart

Veterinary Surgeon