Our Team

Vets

Ann Hutchison | Partner

I qualified from Glasgow vet school in 1980 and have been at Dalblair Vets for over thirty years. My special interests include pain control and the human companion animal bond.

In addition to my conventional veterinary training I have done post graduate training in homoeopathy and acupuncture, both veterinary and human.

I am also one of the few vets in the UK to be certified in canine rehabilitation by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute.

Stuart Jefferson | Partner

I joined the practice immediately after qualifying in 1990. I have stayed with the practice since then (which must be a good sign!).

Over the years I’ve developed special interests in ophthalmology and surgery, along with developing my role as a partner in the business.

Outside of work I spend most of my time with my family and pursuing my main hobby, cricket.

Carol Mason | Vet

I graduated from Edinburgh University in 1995 and worked in various practices before joining the Dalblair team in 2004. I enjoy our varied case load and have developed surgical interests in wounds and dentistry and my medical interests lie with care of our older patients, especially geriatric cats.

Outside work, I enjoy horse riding with my two daughters and am also a keen skier. My husband Colin is a vet too and we keep a variety of animals at home including cats, dogs, ponies, hens and a small flock of Pedigree sheep!

Inga McDermot | Vet

I graduated from Glasgow University in 2000. After university I moved to Fife where I spent 12 years working in small animal practice, started at Dalblair in 2013. I enjoy all aspects of veterinary work and like to meet clients and their pets. My particular area of interest is soft tissue surgery.

I live at home with my husband Colin and our dog and cat. I have recently become involved with the Worldwide Veterinary Services Charity and have taken part in vet volunteering trips to India and Thailand.

Amanda Turnbull | Vet

I graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 1992 and then started my first job working for a small animal practice in Dundee where I stayed for 7 years.

I then spent a year travelling and working in Australia before returning to Scotland to work first in the Scottish Borders and then in a practice in Fife.

During this time I have become particularly interested in small animal medicine, dermatology and dentistry.

Lorna Smith | Vet

I graduated from Glasgow University in June 2011. Shortly after I took the opportunity to move out to Australia where I worked in mixed practice in rural Victoria for 4 years. Here I gained invaluable experience. My partner and I decided to make the move back to my hometown of Ayr in March 2015. I have a keen interest in a variety of aspects of veterinary medicine, in particular neurology, animal behaviour and ultrasonography. I have also recently completed a course in acupuncture and find this very rewarding.

Debbie Findlay | Vet

Born and bred in Ayr, I qualified from Glasgow Vet School in 2001 and have thoroughly enjoyed my career as a general practice vet ever since. I'm passionate about the welfare of animals in my care and try to look after all my furry patients as if they were my own. Soft tissue surgery is something I find especially rewarding. I also have an interest in pet exports, in particular long haul exports, and I'm very happy to assist clients relocating worldwide with their pets. My family and lab/spaniel cross Abby keep me busy outside of work.

Nurses

Angela | RVN Nurse

I Qualified as registered veterinary nurse in 2006 from Barony College and have been with the team since 2007.

I gained my Pet Arthritis councillor certificate and enjoy running nurse clinics, helping clients with their over weight and arthritic pets, working together to give their pets a healthier and more comfortable life.

Linsay | RVN Head Nurse,
Animal Behaviour Specialist

I gained my Veterinary Nursing qualification from Edinburgh’s Telford College in 2001. I have worked in a variety of small and mixed practices before settling at Dalblair in 2008 and becoming Head Nurse in June 2014.

I have recently completed a certificate in Companion Animal Behaviour and am building up behaviour clinics within the practice.

Lesley | RVN Nurse,
Clinical Coach

Alongside my routine nursing role here at Dalblair I am also clinical coach and train our student veterinary nurses in all aspects of nursing.

I have a Dalmatian called Storm and a cat called Sheldon. In my spare time I enjoy socialising with friends and horse riding.

Rachael | RVN Nurse

I completed my practical training here at Dalblair from 2011 to 2013 and became a fully qualified nurse in August 2013.

Since then I have taken a special interest in laboratory diagnostic testing. I have a 2 year old Jack Russell called Gem.

In my spare time I enjoy socialising with friends & figure skating.

Jordan | RVN Nurse

I carried out my practical training here at Dalblair until I qualified in 2015 and joined the team full time.

I have a wide range of animals at home from horses and sheep to dogs and cats.

In my spare time I enjoy socialising with friends, riding my horses and making wedding hats!

Sophie | RVN Nurse

I joined the team in August 2016. After studying at Barony College for 2 years I graduated in November 2014. I am a bubbly part of the team and outside of work, enjoy spending time with my fiancé and 2 Jack Russells. My fiancé and I have a shared interest in farming and also like to be cosied up on the couch in front of the fire in our cottage in the country, usually watching Countryfile!

Receptionists

Shona | Head Receptionist, Prestwick

I am the longest serving member of the reception team, having been with Dalblair since 1980, so I am a very familiar face to many a pet and owner!

I am the insurance advisor at our Prestwick branch so if you have any questions regarding insuring your pet or putting through a claim I will happily assist you.

In my spare time I enjoy walking and travelling with my husband.

Jean | Receptionist

I joined the reception team in 2000. I have three cats called Rascal, Smokey and Sooki. In my spare time I enjoy gardening and eating out with family and friends.

Claire | Receptionist

I joined the team in December 2015 as a receptionist. I grew up with a menagerie of furry creatures, and currently have two gerbils called Skye and Tutu.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children, going to live music concerts and all things Scandinavian.

Kay | Admin Manager

I joined the team in June 2009 and work both at reception and in the office.

I am the Ayr insurance advisor so if you have any questions regarding insuring your pet or putting through a claim I am happy to assist you.

I have a Border Terrier called Lottie and enjoy socialising with friends, long walks with Lottie and my husband John, baking and sugar craft.

Aileen | Admin Manager

I joined the team in 2007. I spend most of my spare time looking after my two young children and that is just about all i have time for! When I have a little spare time I enjoy reading.

Rachel | Receptionist

I joined the team in July 2016 as a trainee receptionist. I am currently studying Medical Administration at college alongside my work here at Dalblair.

I have a Labrador Collie cross called Pablo who keeps me on my toes.

In my spare time I enjoy going to concerts, going out with my friends and spending time with my family.

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DVS strive to use our expertise and experience to provide the best value veterinary service available locally and to provide the highest level of up to date treatment and compassionate service that we would expect for our own pets.

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