Meet the 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 spinal 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 and a member of the ABVA. 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 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 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 and is currently studying towards the new RCVS certificate in small animal surgery. He carries out the orthopaedic surgery at Ashbank Vet Centre. Robert has also been nominated for the prestigious Vet of the Year award 4 out of the last 5 years! He is a member of the BVA, BSAVA and AVSTS. Robert has 2 dogs - Sophie and Dexter and 4 cats (Horatio, Aurora, Alfred and Nero) as well as a flock of Hebridean and Shetland Sheep and several chickens and ducks!
- Dr Emma Craig
- Veterinary Surgeon
- BVMS MRCVS
- Registration number: 6582661
Emma qualified from Glasgow University in 2010 and has worked in a variety of practices including the PDSA and Vets Now before joining Ashbank on a temporary basis from January to July 2016. You will find Emma at all three of our centres. Emma has completed a 3 month full time Emergency and Critical Care course with Vets Now as well as a 6 week course in logical clinical problem solving course with the RVC.
- Irene James
- Veterinary Surgeon
- BVMS MRCVS
- Registration number: 6101885
Irene qualified from Glasgow University Vet School in 1995 and works part time in our Kilsyth practice consulting in the evenings.
- 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 including two dogs called Sophie and Dexter, a white's tree frog called Frankie, a leopard gecko called Cedric, a pygmy hedgehog called Pickles, 10 chickens, a turkey, a horse called Millie and two donkeys called Poppy and Thistle.
Emily is also in charge of training the new nurses at Ashbank and was recently 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.
- Robyn McGhee
Robyn will be a familiar face to many of our clients having been a regular visitor and student at the practice for years! Robyn is almost finished her BSc (Hons) in Veterinary Nursing at Napier University and is on course to qualify as an RVN in 2016. Robyn has a particular interest in dog and cat behaviour as well as avian nursing. She has 6 birds, 2 tortoises and 5 cats including a lovely Ragdoll called Edgar.
- Ashleigh Sutton
- Student Vet Nurse
Ashleigh started working at Ashbank in late 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 is currently studying a BSc (Hons) in Veterinary Nursing at Edinburgh's Napier University and is on course to be a fully qualified RVN in 2016. Ashleigh enjoys all aspects of inpatient care especially cuddles.
- Hayley Islam
- Student Vet Nurse
Hayley joined us in 2014 as a Veterinary Care Assistant (VCA) student and has loved it so much she has accepted a job as a student vet nurse with us and is on course to qualify next year! She is mainly to found at Laurieston but as a born and bred Bo'ness girl she will often greet you with a cheery smile at our Bo'ness branch in the evenings too. Hayley has a little Pug called Heidi who loves cartoons!
- 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.
- Lesley Paterson
Lesley has joined our great team to become our new evening receptionist at Kilsyth and Bo'ness enabling our RVNs to concentrate on running the increasingly popular nurse clinics.
Lesley has a veritable clowder of cats of her own and and has a real passion for animals!
- Student Nurses
At Ashbank Veterinary Centre we are very involved with teaching student veterinary nurses (mostly from Edinburgh's Telford College). Student nurses are supervised at all times and help our nurses with the care of our patients. Emily Wallace RVN is responsible for teaching of student nurses.
- Professor James Simpson
- Visiting medicine specialist
- BVM&S SDA MPhil MRCVS
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.
- Craig Devine
- Specialist Cardiologist
- BVSc DVC MRCVS
- Registration number: 0410039
Craig is our visiting specialist in cardiorespiratoy medicine. He is one of few people to have attained the RCVS diploma in cardiology and has gained extensive experience in cardiology and respiratory medicine from working in academia, private practice and lecturing. In collaboration with Craig, we can offer diagnostic services, treatment and monitoring of cardiac and respiratory problems as well as heart screening and testing for inheritable conditions.