About Us

Proudly Independent

At Mackie & Brechin we do things differently. As one of the few remaining truly independent veterinary practices serving the Edinburgh area and Central Scotland we pride ourselves in offering a personal and high quality service tailored to the needs of our clients. Amongst other things, and increasingly rarely in modern veterinary practice, we offer an out of hours emergency service where our clients can see their own vets in their own local practice when they need them most. We really care about the service that we offer and what our clients think about us. We aim at all times to be approachable, available and accountable and pride ourselves in investing in the most up to date facilities and training to enable us to look after your beloved pet in the best way possible. We are a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Accredited Small Animal Practice which is testament to our high standard of care and are continually developing the services that we offer to both keep us at the forefront of new technologies and make sure that what we do we do well. We believe that our dedication to the above principles are what sets us apart in the increasingly corporate world of veterinary care.

What we offer

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Who we are

Vets

Niall Dickson BVM&S GP CERT (Small Animal Medicine) MRCVS

Director

Niall qualified from the Dick Vet in 1999 and joined us in 2006. He achieved a further professional qualification from the European School of Veterinary Post Graduate Studies in General Small Animal Medicine in 2009. Niall became a director of the practice in 2010 (on the same day his daughter was born!). Since then he has driven forward the progressive development of our companion animal services up to the transition from a mixed practice to a purely companion animal practice in 2017. Niall has a particular interest in canine and feline geriatric medicine, complex medical case management, and dermatology.

Outside of work he is a keen mountain biker, climber and skier.

Geoffrey Appleton BVMS GP Cert (Small Animal Surgery) MRCVS

Director

Geoff graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 1993, and after working in Nottinghamshire joined Mackie and Brechin in 1997. He is especially interested in the surgical side of small animal practice and gained a further qualification from the European School of Veterinary Post Graduate Studies in Small Animal Surgery in 2009. Since then Geoff has developed further experience and expertise in orthopaedic surgery, his particular area of interest, and is one of the few vets in Scotland offering regenerative medicine for orthopaedic disease.

Geoff became a director of Mackie and Brechin in 2017 and enjoys participating in the forward development of the practice and of the service we provide.

Simon Ruddell BSc PhD BVM&S MRCVS

Director

Simon qualified from the Dick Vet in 2009 after previously gaining a BSc and PhD in Zoology and Behavioural Ecology. After working as a mixed practice vet in rural Aberdeenshire he joined the practice in 2011 and became a director in 2017. Simon enjoys the variety and challenge of General Medicine and Surgery, especially taking an holistic approach to disease management and working with owners to help with issues affecting welfare and quality of life.

In his spare time Simon likes to get outside, especially with the kids, and in doing so is always ready for a new challenge (skateboarding at 40, anyone?). He loves nature and has had a variety of pets from a munro-bagging Yorkie and gentle collie-cross to bossy chickens and even a flock of sheep!

Anna Dickson BVM&S MRCVS GPCert (Small Animal Medicine)

Anna graduated from the Dick Vet in 1998. She worked down south for a few years before returning home to Edinburgh and ultimately joining Mackie & Brechin in 2016. Her main interests are medicine and ultrasound, especially cardiac ultrasound and she achieved a further qualification from the European School of Veterinary Post Graduate Studies in General Small Animal Medicine in 2006. Anna’s spare time is kept busy looking after her two young children, but she looks forward to getting back to climbing, walking and sailing as they get older.

Michael Rampersad BSc BVMS MRCVS

Michael graduated from Glasgow University Vet School in 2011 having previously completed a degree in Zoology at the University of Edinburgh. After graduating, Michael worked in mixed practice on the Isle of Man and the West of Scotland before finally returning to this side of the country to join Mackie & Brechin in 2017, just after the practice moved focus to companion animals only. Since then Michael has pursued his interest in chronic pain management, providing an acupuncture service alongside advice on medications, physical therapies and adjustments that can be made at home to enhance the quality of life to our patients. He also enjoys working up medical cases, managing eye conditions and soft tissue surgery.

When not at work, Michael winds down with some quality time with Siren and Furiosa, the family cats. Given the chance, you may find him out walking in nature, most likely with a camera in hand.

Marta Martínez Boquer MRCVS Cert (Epidemiology)

Marta graduated from the University of Ceu Cardenal Herrera in Valencia, Spain in 2017. She then moved to Scotland to undertake a further qualification in Veterinary Epidemiology at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh. Marta worked in small animal practice in Leamington Spa for a year before moving back to Scotland to join Mackie & Brechin. Marta enjoys the varied caseload of general practice with a particular interest in diagnostic imaging.

In her spare time Marta enjoys hill walking and exploring Scotland and has been a keen skier from the age of 3.

Nurses

Lyn Brown RVN, BSc (Hons), VN cert. (ECC).

Head Nurse

Lyn joined Mackie & Brechin in 2008 as a part-time receptionist and student veterinary nurse and graduated from Napier University with an honours degree in 2011. Lyn became head nurse in 2018. She has a particular interest in medical nursing and undertook an Emergency and Critical Care qualification in 2016. Lyn enjoys nurse clinics and promoting preventative healthcare through the Mackie & Brechin Facebook page and waiting room displays. As a clinical coach Lyn also enjoys helping to train the future generation of veterinary nurses.

Lyn has a tabby cat called Alfie and in her spare time enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and swimming.

Colette Bewley RVN

Having worked in customer service for 15 years Colette retrained as a veterinary nurse and graduated from the Edinburgh College of Animal Welfare in 2012. She enjoys nurse appointments where she can interact with clients directly and help with any questions and concerns they may have. Colette has a cute cat and two gorgeous Labradors who she loves to take on long walks.

Kim Moody RVN

Kim trained at Berkshire College of Agriculture and Barony College in Dumfries and qualified in 2002. She particularly enjoys anaesthesia and radiography. Kim has cat called Yi (pronounced ‘why eye’) as she was plucked from the streets of Newcastle. Her hobbies include cooking, hill walking and camping with her family.

Chloe Richards RVN

Chloe qualified from Edinburgh (Telford) College in 2014 having previously completed the Vet Nurse Preparatory course. She joined the practice part-time in 2017 and became a full-time member of staff in 2018. Chloe has a keen interest in exotics including rabbits and chickens, and emergency and critical care.

Chloe has a dog called Holly, a cat called Angus and two chickens called Bunty and Beatrice. In her spare time Chloe enjoys riding her shared horse called Sky, taking Holly for adventures and cooking or baking.

Lara Connell RVN

Lara qualified from TAFE in New South Wales, Australia in 2011. She moved to Scotland in 2014 and joined Mackie and Brechin in 2018. Lara has a particular interest in behaviour and feline medical cases.

Lara has cat called Jack that she rehomed following an accident leaving him with wobbly back legs. In her spare time she enjoys American Football, canoeing, surfing, white water rafting, snorkelling and jigsaws.

Joanna Gardiner RVN BSc RVN

Jo qualified from Edinburgh Napier in 2017 and particularly enjoys anaesthesia. Jo has a boxer called Rosie who likes eating her carpets and her hobbies include going to the gym, kayaking and snowboarding.

Management

Pamela Hinton

Pamela joined Mackie & Brechin in March 1982 as a veterinary nurse having previously worked in several Edinburgh veterinary practices. With a move to management in 1995 she now oversees the administration, personnel matters and is ultimately responsible for the smooth running of the practice. As the business continues to evolve and grow, new challenges and skills have been embraced.

Pamela is an active member of the South Queensferry Women’s Institute and regularly fundraises for Motor Neurone Disease Scotland along with many other local charities.

Reception

Norma Shaw

Head receptionist

Norma joined Mackie & Brechin in 2000 and was originally based at our branch surgery in Linlithgow. Norma is a very well-known face to clients and as head receptionist is responsible for the smooth running of reception. Norma is enrolled in the British Veterinary Receptionists Association and is working her way through the awards. She is always happy to help clients or staff with any issues they come across and loves to get to the bottom of a mystery.

Norma has many years of experience working with and training dogs. She currently shows and races Siberian Huskies.

Stacey Tighe

Stacey joined us at our Linlithgow surgery in March 2013 as a part-time receptionist but quickly moved on to join the full-time reception team at Kirkliston. Stacey has a variety of roles within the team at Kirkliston; she is involved in creating social media content for the surgery’s Facebook page and she is the practice’s Pet Loss and Bereavement Support Advisor. Stacey was a puppy walker for Guide Dogs for the Blind and is the proud owner of Elvis the Border Terrier.

Jacqui Inglis

Jacqui joined Mackie & Brechin in 2002 as our Linlithgow receptionist. She is a real animal lover and has always had cats in her life. As a child she wanted to be a vet’s assistant so her dream finally came true (her alternative career of choice was a long-distance lorry driver!). Jacqui thoroughly enjoys meeting, greeting and chatting to our patients and their owners.

When not working Jacqui enjoys dog walking which also gives her lots of opportunities to take photos (her other hobby). She also enjoys line dancing and has helped to raise a lot of money for local charities. Her house is ruled by two cats, Tizzy the three legged tabby and Oscar the monster ragdoll.

Laura Handy

Laura joined the Kirkliston reception team at Mackie & Brechin in 2018. She has a wealth of previous experience working in a veterinary emergency call centre and as a care assistant with the SSPCA. Laura’s spare time is spent looking after, training and showing her 8 Rotties.

Shelly Andrews

Shelly joined Mackie & Brechin when she moved to Scotland from Lincolnshire where she owned and ran a fruit and vegetable business with her husband.

Shelly enjoys spending her free time with family and exploring Scotland with her three dogs, Jerry Springer the springer spaniel and Penny and Rosa the Labrador twins.

Susan Thomson

Susan joined the Mackie & Brechin team in 2019 after a career of over 30 years in commercial aviation, a job which took her all over the world. She now prefers to keep her feet on the ground as our Saturday morning receptionist at Kirkliston.

Susan has been involved with horses for many years and currently owns Tia Maria, a 16hh bay mare and her favourite riding competition is Powercross. She also has two cats, Jester and Jinx.

Support

Olwen Walker

Olwen joined us in 2010. Every day she works her magic to make sure the surgery is clean and tidy for the following day. Olwen has a cat called Ollie.

A brief history of the practice

The practice was founded in 1930 by James Mackie after gaining an excellent reputation in the equine world from looking after two mounted sections during the First World War. In the early years the majority of work was with horses and farm animals. As James was succeeded by Willie Mackie, who was then joined by Robert Brechin, the practice grew and the case load started to include more domestic animals. David Mackie followed on in his family’s footsteps and alongside Niall Dickson drove the practice forwards, keeping abreast of the many advances in modern veterinary medicine until he retired in 2017. David was succeeded by Geoff Appleton and Simon Ruddell and with the caseload and expertise in companion animals increasing, services to farm animals and horses finally ceased in 2017. The practice is still proudly independent and our commitment to quality of service unchanged over nearly 100 years.