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 interests for example cardiology, surgery and exotic pets. We also have a visiting specialist in internal medicine.

Dr Robert Wallace

Clinical Director
Registration number: 6552686

Robert joined the practice in 2011 after working in mixed practice in North of Scotland. Robert enjoys soft tissue surgery and orthopedic surgery.
When not a work Robert enjoys working on his and Emily’s small holding with his small flock of shetland sheep.

Emily Wallace

Practice Manager
RVN, CertVN ECC, Clinical Coach, A1 Assessor, c-SQP
Registration number: 6404802

Emily joined the practice in 2008 as a Registered Vet Nurse after qualifying from Edinburghs Telford College. She really enjoys being a RVN and still works as much as possible as a nurse as well as Practice Manager. Emily enjoys emergency and critical care nursing and has taken an additional nursing certification in this area.

When at home on she enjoys spending time with her horse Millie and her Donkeys Poppy and Thistle. Emily has a soft spot for spaniels and misses her spaniel Sophie hugely who sadly passed away in 2020 but has a rather crazy Cockapoo Riley to keep her busy.

She is married to Robert, and often jokes their eyes meet over a cat spey as students.

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 Labrador called Gus. 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!

Mhairi MacLeod


Mhairi joined the Ashbank team in 2018 as a nursing assistant and receptionist before enrolling as a student vet nurse with the College of Animal Welfare in Edinburgh.She has passed her final exams in December 2020. She enjoys walking her dog Meg and has a cheeky cat call Pudding.

Gillian Mackintosh


Gillian joined Ashbank in 2000 as our evening receptionist for Laurieston. She has 2 whippets called Fidra and Peaches who enjoy chasing squirrels with their ears flapping!

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.

Hayley Fegan

Nursing Assistant

Hayley joined the team in june 2018, she has started working towards her VCA qualification with The College of Animal welfare and is enjoying the new challenge. Before joining Ashbank Hayley used her qualification in horse riding as a fully trained riding instructor although she is enjoying the change to small animals she still teaches from time to time. In her her spare time Hayley enjoys spending time with her horse Malibu

Professor James Simpson

Visiting Medicine Specialist
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
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.

Claire Dervan

Student Vet Nurse

Claire joined our team in December 2020 moving to Scotland from London. She is in her second year of veterinary nursing training at college of animal welfare. She is enjoying the peace and quiet of Falkirk compared to London.

Ellen Paton

Student Vet Nurse

Ellen joined the team in October 2020, she is currently awaiting her final results from college to become a Registered vet nurse. Ellen has 2 cats at home who can get a bit huffy when she smells of other cats from work!