Meet the Team
It is always nice to put a face to a name, so here are the VETS ER team that are here to help you over the phone or in our clinics.
Graham originally hails from Norn Iron (the emerald Isle or Northern Ireland) but trained in Edinburgh to be a vet (many years ago!). He has since worked almost exclusively in Central Scotland, excepting a brief period back home initially. He was lucky enough to find a lovely Scottish lady to live with him and stays with her and two dogs of nondescript and questionable pedigree, who are both very special in their own unique ways!
On his time off he usually can find broken things to fix, or jobs needing done around the house, but if he tries really hard can sometimes be found reading a book or going for a walk. He also plays some sport (badly and non-competitively) in an attempt to keep his youthful figure around for at least a little bit longer. In work he has dealt with many different animals, from the exotic to the ordinary, at all times of day and night, and if forced to choose would claim "houndlings are the best". He hopes that his job with Vets ER will allow him to provide help and reassurance to both owners and their pets when they most need it.
Alison qualified from Glasgow Vet School in 1994 and worked in practices in Northumberland and Leeds before returning to Scotland in 2008 to specialise in emergency work. This often involves dealing with critical cases and helping pets and their owners when they are at their most vunerable, which she finds highly rewarding.
Whilst Alison is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters, labrador Ruaridh, wire-haired pointer Maggie, cats Ebby, Kelpie and Fingal, and Jasper the African grey parrot.
Elizabeth has worked in pure small animal practice for the last 6 years after a brief stint in mixed practice. Most of this was in the South East of England and she is very pleased to be moving back to her roots in Scotland.
Her interests have mainly been in the medical side of small animal practice and is excited to be getting the opportunity to do more emergency work.
Outside of work she has a husband and a Golden Retriever who are as obsessed by all things mountainous as she is and are normally to be found heading North with a backpack and waterproofs.
Karen started studying to become a Veterinary Nurse as soon as she had gained the relevant qualifications. She qualified in 2004 after completing her portfolio at a small animal hospital. She then spent time as a locum gaining wide experience in a variety of practices, including a stint at a very busy Birmingham RSPCA hospital where putting IV's into swans became second nature!
Karen returned to Edinburgh where she worked for 5 years in a busy small animal hospital doing out of hours work. After having a "break" for a year where I returned to normal hours at a busy rural practice she has now decided to return to Out of Hours work again where She realises how rewarding the critical care work can be.
In her spare time she has caught the gardening bug from her Grandad, loves reading and crazy gym classes.