Introducing Our Practice Team
Everyone at our practice is committed to providing you with the very best in pet healthcare. Our veterinary team bring a wealth of experience to the practice and have individually obtained high standards of professional qualification through continuing professional education and postgraduate study. From preventative medicine, health advice or herbal consultations to emergency treatment and orthopaedic or soft tissue surgery, we care for your pets at every stage.
Among our vets we have a wide range of specialisms and interests for example holistic medicine, cardiology, internal medicine and surgery.
Our RVN - Emily Wallace is now an SQP meaning she is qualified to independently prescribe and dispense a range of medicines for you pet!
In 2014, Emily successfully completed and passed her post graduate certificate in Emergency and Critical Care!
- Dr Robert J. Wallace
- BVM&S MRCVS Cert.Vet.Acu
- Registration number: 2308974
Qualified from Edinburgh University (Royal Dick Veterinary College) in 1981 and established the practice along with Colin in 1984. Robert has a lively little toy poodle called Penne. He is one of the few fully certified veterinary acupuncturists in the country. He has a special interest in Complementary Medicine accepting referrals from around Scotland. Robert believes in integrating the best of modern veterinary medicine with acupuncture and herbal medicine. In 2012, both Robert and his son were nominated for Vet of the Year in the national awards!
- Dr Colin Purves
- BVM&S OV MRCVS
- Registration number: 1605843
Also qualified from Edinburgh University (Royal Dick Veterinary College) in 1981. Colin has 2 Burmese cats, a Korat (funny cat breed, v.noisy!) and 2 Border Terriers who think they are Burmese. Interested in most areas of small animal practice and ultrasonography and recently completed a 2 year course in internal medicine.
- Dr Robert G. Wallace
- BVM&S OV MRCVS
- Registration number: 6552686
Robert also qualified with distinction from Edinburgh University (Royal Dick Veterinary College). He returned home to work full time at Ashbank in 2010 after working in a mixed practice in Morayshire and in 2013 became the newest partner at Ashbank Vets!. He has developed a keen interest in orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery. Robert has also been nominated for the prestigious Vet of the Year award 4 out of the last 5 years! In 2017, Robert also serves as duty vet at the Scottish Cat Show and the West of Scotland Cat Show. Robert has a cocker spaniel called Sophie and 4 cats (Horatio, Aurora, Alfred and Nero).
- Dr Jake Chitty
- Veterinary Surgeon
- BVM&S MRCVS
- Registration number: 7233205
Jake qualified from Edinburgh in 2017 and joined our team in July this year. He has always had a keen interest in exotic pets which he is putting to good use within the practice and is looking forward to meeting you all.
- Emily Wallace
- Head Nurse
- RVN, CertVN ECC, Clinical Coach, A1 Assessor, c-SQP
- Registration number: 6404802
Emily has been with us since her work experience days at school. She joined us full time in 2007 as a veterinary nurse and has risen to be the Head Nurse at Ashbank! Emily has recently passed her post-graduate certificate in Emergency and Critical Care! Emily has lots of pets a spaniel called Sophie, a leopard gecko called Cedric, 10 chickens, a horse called Millie and two donkeys called Poppy and Thistle.
Emily is also in charge of training the new nurses at Ashbank and has been included in the nominees for Vet Nurse of the Year for each of the last 4 years! Emily is also a qualified SQP which means she is able to prescribe and dispense certain medicines for your pet independently of the vet. Emily works in our Laurieston branch almost all the time and is in charge of making sure all your pets are comfortable and looked after while in the surgery.
- Ashleigh Sutton
- Senior Veterinary Nurse
- BSc (Hons) RVN
- Registration number: 7052527
Ashleigh started working at Ashbank in 2015 after doing a large amount of her university placement at the practice. Ashleigh has a cocker spaniel called Harvey and a rabbit called Lily. She qualified as an RVN from Edinburgh's Napier University in 2016 and has since undertaken further training in clinical pathology which is being put to work in the practice's inhouse laboratory. Ashleigh enjoys all aspects of inpatient care especially cuddles!
- Gillian White
- Veterinary Nurse
Gillian has trained as a Vet Nurse at Barony College and joined the Ashbank team in 2018.
- Jodie Miller
- Vet nurse
Jodie trained as a Vet Nurse at Barony College and has spent time working at both Edinburgh and Glasgow Vet schools. Jodie joined the Ashbank team in 2018.
- Mhairi MacLeod
- Nursing Assistant
Mhairi joined the Ashbank team in 2018 as a nursing assistant and receptionist.
- Gillian Mackintosh
Gillian joined Ashbank in 2000 as our evening receptionist for Laurieston. She has 2 whippets called Susan and Peaches who enjoy chasing squirrels with their ears flapping!
- Louisa Weasenham
Louisa joined us in Spring 2012 as an evening receptionist for our Bo'ness and Kilsyth surgeries and is now our daytime receptionist at Laurieston as well as some evenings at the branch surgeries. Louisa has three lively cats at home.
- Kirsten Weasenham
- Nursing assistant
Kirsten is looking forward to joining us in January as our new nursing assistant and receptionist. She will be helping our qualified nurses and providing receptionist cover at the branches.
- Susan Vance
Susan brings with her a wealth of previous animal care experience to Ashbank. Susan works evenings as a receptionist at our Kilsyth and Bo'ness centres.
- Professor James Simpson
- Visiting Medicine Specialist
- BVM&S SDA MPhil MRCVS
- Registration number: 1909160
Professor Simpson is our visiting internal medicine specialist. He is an RCVS recognised specialist in Small Animal Medicine and Professor of Canine Medicine at the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College. We are very pleased to be able to offer his services at our Laurieston centre - this enables our clients to access the highest level of specialist expertise without having to travel to a distant referral centre. He also provides our endoscopy service at our Laurieston centre.
- Dr Chris Parratt
- Visiting cardiologist and ultrasonographer
- BVSc MRes Cert VC Cert AVP (ECC) MRCVS
- Registration number: 6339869
Chris is our visiting cardiologist and ultrasonographer who undertakes investigation of more complex cardiovascular cases and performs indepth ultrasound examinations within the practice at Laurieston. Chris is a recognised advanced practitioner in Emergency and Critical care and Cardiology.
- Student Nurses
At Ashbank Vet Centre we are very involved with teaching student veterinary nurses (mostly from Edinburgh's College of Animal Welfare). All three of our centres are accredited as Training Practices (TPs) with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Student nurses are supervised at all times and help our nurses with the care of our patients. Emily Wallace RVN is responsible for teaching the student nurses at Ashbank.