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Our Vets


Niall qualified from the Dick Vet in 1999 and joined us in 2006. He achieved a further professional qualification in General Small Animal Medicine in 2009 after having successfully completed a two year course. Niall has a particular interest in Canine and Feline Geriatric Medicine.

Niall Dickson


Geoff qualified from Glasgow Vet School in 1993. He joined us in 1998. In 2009 he achieved a further professional qualification in Small Animal Surgery after having successfully completed a two year course. He is particularly interested in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Geof Appleton

Simon Ruddell BSc PhD BVM&S MRCVS

Simon qualified from the Dick Vet in 2009 and joined the practice in December 2011. He enjoys all aspects of general medicine and surgery and is particularly interested in issues affecting quality of life for our companion animals.

Simon Ruddell

Our Practice Manager


Pamela joined Mackie & Brechin in 1982 as a veterinary nurse having previously worked in several Edinburgh practices. With a move to management in 1995 she now assists with the administration, oversees personnel matters and is ultimately responsible for the smooth running of the Practice.

Pamela Hinton

Our Nurses

Our practice has four qualified and registered nurses, which means that they are accountable for their own actions, and their names are published in the qualified and listed RCVS register. Registered Veterinary Nurses may administer "any medical treatment or minor surgery under veterinary direction".

The following is a list of daily duties that our veterinary nurses may carry out:

If you have any queries or need advice then please don’t hesitate to contact our nursing team who will be happy to help.

Laura Kinnear RVN MBVNA

Laura qualified in January 2005 and joined us in 2006. She is also an assessor of student nurses. Laura has completed numerous further education courses including Anaesthesia and Perioperative support and is especially interested in Orthopaedic Surgery. In November 2005 she gave up her own time to assist at a Charity Veterinary clinic in Portugal.

Laura Kinnear

Frances Walkinshaw BSc (Hons) RVN MBVNA

Frances joined us as a student nurse in 2006 and she qualified at the end of 2008 from Napier University. She has an interest in Dentistry, Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation and has successfully completed further education courses in these subjects.

Frances has 2 Border Terriers, called Iona and Mac. Her special interests include horses, she has been a volunteer for West Lothian Riding for the Disabled since 1998 and is now a Group Instructor for the group teaching disabled children and adults.

Frances Walkinshaw

Lyn Brown BSc (Hons) RVN MBVNA

Lyn joined us in August 2008 as a part time receptionist and student nurse. She graduated from Napier University with a BSc in Veterinary Nursing in June 2011 and became a registered nurse on 5th July 2011.

She particularly enjoys running nurse clinics for preventative health care and weight management. Lyn has a special interest in medical nursing as well as assisting with the Mackie & Brechin facebook page, quarterly newsletter and waiting room displays.

Lyn owns a tabby cat called Alfie and a border collie called Mac.

Lyn Brown

Danielle Lough BSc(Hons) RVN MBVNA

Danielle graduated from Napier University in 2011 with a BSc (Hons) in Veterinary Nursing. As a student nurse she worked at Mackie and Brechin as part of the reception team from 2009-2011, she returned in 2014 as a locum Veterinary Nurse.

Danielle has a particular interest in medical nursing and preventative healthcare. At home she has a German Shepherd called Tara and two rescue cats called Sid and Toby.

Danielle Lough

Colette Bewley RVN

Colette qualified in 2012 as a veterinary nurse. She rejoined the practice in August 2015 in a part time position having previously worked with us in 2013.

She has a yellow Labrador called Riley and two cats called Fluffy & Bailey.

Colette Bewley

Our Receptionists

Norma Shaw

Norma was originally based in our branch surgery in Linlithgow from 2000 and after a few years joined our team in Kirkliston.

She has many years of experience working with dogs. She currently breeds, shows and races Huskies. Norma is also actively involved with the eye scheme organised by the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain which has the aim of eradicating hereditary eye disease in the breed.

Norma Shaw

Jacqui Inglis

Jacqui has been our Linlithgow receptionist since September 2002. She also assists in the consulting room and therefore knows our clients and patients very well. You may see Jacqui working at Kirkliston when our other receptionists are on leave.

She has a very lively tabby cat called Tizzy and a Ragdoll cat called Oscar.

Jacqui Inglis

Stacey Tighe

Stacey joined us at our Linlithgow surgery in March 2013 as a part time receptionist but has now become a full time member of staff working in reception at our Kirkliston surgery.

Stacey was a puppy walker for Guide Dogs for the Blind and is the proud owner of Elvis the border terrier.

Stacey Tighe

Rebecca Stirling

Rebecca joined us as our evening receptionist in April 2016. She has previously studied HNC Animal Care and is hoping to progress on to study veterinary nursing with particular interest in Emergency and Critical Care.

At home, Rebecca has a black Labrador called Cujo that she loves to spend a lot of time with when not at work or studying. She also enjoys attending fitness classes, shopping and socializing with friends.

Rebecca Stirling

Kimberley Lunn

Kimberley joined the practice at the start of June 2015. She loves meeting all the pets when they come in. Kimberley has a keen interest in horses and also has a Staffordshire Bull Terrier rescue dog called Blue. She would love to become a veterinary nurse one day.

Kimberley Lunn

Olwen Walker

Olwen joined us in 2010 . Every day she works her magic to make sure the surgery is clean and tidy for the following day. Olwen has two dogs called Lady and Shadow who live with a cat called Olly.

Olwen Walker