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.
Two of our RVNs - Emily Wallace and Rachael Carroll are now SQPs meaning they are 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 several lively Poodles.
He is one of the few fully certified veterinary acupuncturists in the country and a member of the ABVA. He is a specialist 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 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 spinal 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 3 out of the last 4 years! He is a member of the BVA, BSAVA and AVSTS. Robert has 2 dogs - Sophie and Dexter and 3 cats (Horatio, Alfred and Nero) as well as a flock of Hebridean and Shetland Sheep!
- Dr Iona MacKenzie
- Veterinary Surgeon
- BVM&S MRCVS
- Registration number: 7093705
Iona is the newest member of our veterinary team joining us in November 2014. Iona qualified from Edinburgh University (Royal Dick Veterinary College) earlier in 2014 and works full time at Ashbank's 3 centres. She has gained experience in rehabilitation medicine and veterinary acupuncture during a student placement in Colorado before moving to Scotland and enjoys general veterinary medicine and surgery. Iona has an interest in ferrets stemming from her own ferret!
- 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, 5 chickens, 3 turkeys and 2 horses called Millie and Faro!
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 2012 and again in 2013!
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.
- Rachael Carroll
- Veterinary Nurse
- RVN, c-SQP
- Registration number: 6566018
Rachael came to us on placement from Edinburgh's Telford College and loved it so much she stayed after qualifying! Rachael has also worked at Glasgow Vet School's small animal hospital. She is particularly interested in the care of spinal patients. You will find Rachael mainly at our Laurieston and Bo'ness surgeries. Rachael is now qualified to prescribe and dispense a range of medications for you pet independently!
- 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 now half way through her training at Napier University and we are delighted to welcome her to the practice fulltime!
- Gillian Mackintosh
Gillian joined Ashbank in 2000 as our evening receptionist for Laurieston. She has a dog called Susan who enjoys chasing squirrels with her ears flapping!
- Cheryl Saunders
- Animal Nursing Assistant
Cheryl joined us in 2009 as our dog groomer and brought with her a great deal of animal handling experience and expertise. She is now an Animal Nursing Assistant. She has a cuddly cat called Velcro and a mad Staffie called Solo who keeps her on her toes! Cheryl works along with our qualified nurses to assist with clinical procedures.
- Louisa Weasenham
Louisa joined us in Spring 2012 as an evening receptionist for our Bo'ness and Kilsyth surgeries.
- 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. Currently you are likely to meet Hayley at our Laurieston surgery.
- 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.
- 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.