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The History of Mackie & Brechin

Many of our clients may not be aware of the length of time the practice has been established. The following is a potted history of how the practice has evolved over the years.

James Mackie looked after two mounted sections during the First World War. He gained an excellent reputation in the equine world. On his return to Scotland he worked in a practice in Dunfermline, from there he moved to Kirkliston and bought the veterinary practice. Initially, the practice was based at Rose Cottage in lower Kirkliston. After a few years he moved the family home and business up to Manse Road in Kirkliston.

Willie Mackie qualified from the Dick Vet School, Edinburgh and followed in his father's footsteps into the veterinary profession. He also had a special interest in horses. After qualifying Willie worked in Ware for a short time and then in 1954 came back to work alongside his father in a growing business which at that time was still very much a farm/equine practice.

Robert Brechin after qualifying from the Dick Vet School, Edinburgh joined the practice in 1964 and became a partner in 1972. Robert and Willie continued to expand the business, which included opening a branch surgery in Linlithgow in 1965. In 1986 Robert and Willie bought our current premises on the Main Street in Kirkliston. Robert retired in 2002 but is still very active and well-known in the local community.

David Mackie qualified from the Royal Dick Vet School, Edinburgh in 1986 and spent his 1st year in Wales. He came back to join his father and Robert in 1987. David's wife Tracy joined our team of vets in 1998. Tracy also qualified from the Dick Vet School, Edinburgh and followed the family tradition in continuing to improve and expand the business.

In 1998 the Main Street premises were expanded to provide modern and spacious facilities for our ever increasing domestic pet population.

Niall Dickson qualified from the Dick Vet School, Edinburgh in 1999 and worked in rural mixed practice in Wales and Cumbria before he joined the practice as an assistant in September 2006 and then in April 2010 became a fellow director. From then he continued to develop the business and in particular the range of modern services and expertise offered to our pet owning clients.

2017 marks a momentous change for the practice with the retiral of David Mackie and the cessation of services to farm and equine clients. After three generations of Mackie at the helm the veterinary sector has changed to the point where it is no longer viable to provide services for all species while maintaining the quality of service that Mackie and Brechin stands for. In his place Geoff Appleton and Simon Ruddell join Niall Dickson as directors and usher in a new and exciting era for the practice in providing services to pet owning clients only. The new directors are keen to realise the benefits of this clinical focus by following the practice tradition of continual modernisation and advancement to ensure that Mackie and Brechin stays at the forefront of veterinary practice for generations to come.

Mackie and Brechin - Kirkliston Surgery Reception

Kirkliston Surgery Reception


Mackie and Brechin - Kirkliston Surgery

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