I grew up on a farm in rural south-west Scotland. After graduating from Glasgow Veterinary School in 1983, I envisaged myself being a country vet with a Landrover and a dog. However, an odd turn of fate saw an old acquaintance offer me a job in London. Not my ideal location but we have to start somewhere!
Well that job turned out to be a great job in a lovely friendly practice with very caring clients who allow vets to carry out their profession to a high standard, which is very rewarding.
I have a special interest in tortoises and all aspects of feline medicine and surgery. My hobbies are hill walking, cycling and gardening with my bunch of six cats.
I have worked at The Laurels since March 1997 and in 2000 I became practice manager. I studied and gained my CVPM (Certificate in Veterinary Practice Management) in 2005 in order to consolidate my experience in practice with a management qualification specific to the veterinary profession. A CVPM indicates an appropriate knowledge, experience and expertise to be an effective manager.
Since 2009, it has been necessary to downsize my role and I am now, largely, responsible for the financial management of the practice.
There were always lots of pets in my family when I was growing up but, currently, I just have one cat. He is a grumpy ginger tom called Ringo because he has lemur rings along his tail. He’s not a fan of being brushed but I manage to by bribing him with healthy pet munchie treats that I buy from the practice.