Kirsten Macleod


BVMS(Hons), GPCert(Ophthal), MRCVS

Kirsten was born and brought up in Inverness. After graduating with honours from Glasgow Vet School in 2006, she worked in mixed animal veterinary practices in the southwest of Scotland and Ross-shire before returning to Inverness in 2011 to work in small animal practice. She gained her postgraduate qualification in ophthalmology in 2013 and joined Tony running the referral service in 2015.

Kirsten will shortly be undertaking further studies towards gaining a master’s degree.

Tony Wall


BVM&S, MSc, Cert V Ophthal, MRCVS

Tony qualified from Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh. After a couple of years in Africa and Suffolk he worked in mixed practice in Rogart, Sutherland, for 25 years. During this time he completed his ophthalmology certificate and was admitted as a member of the BVA/KC/ISDS Eye panel for examining dogs for hereditary disease prior to breeding. Font all of above

In 1995, Tony founded the Fish Vet Group, now a multinational company involved in aquaculture. Tony’s main interest during this time was cataracts in farmed salmon, for which he was awarded an MSc by research from Stirling University.

He has offered an eye referral service for many years, via local vet practices. To improve the service and especially the operating procedures, Kirsten and Tony built a new dedicated ophthalmology practice on the Inverness campus in December 2016. 

Simon Bate

Internal Medicine and Oncology Clinician

BVMS, CertSAM, MRCVS, Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine

Simon qualified from the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 and has since worked almost exclusively in small animal practice. He achieved the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2011 and developed a specific interest in ultrasonography and medical oncology over the following years.   

He gained accreditation as an Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine in March 2015 and headed up the internal medicine and oncology services at Aberdeen Veterinary Referrals. In 2016 he launched his own business, Oncology Referrals Limited providing an internal medicine and oncology service to referral practices in the north of Scotland.  

Lauren Innes


BSC (hons), RVN

Lauren graduated from the University of Aberdeen with an honours degree in Equine Science in 2007. After a number of years working in events management and sales, she went on to gain a Level 3 diploma in veterinary nursing from the North Highland College, joining the Register in 2013.

Following time in small animal general practice, and a 3-month volunteering position in Sri Lanka, Lauren joined Glasgow University Small Animal Hospital. During her 3+ years at the Vet School, Lauren developed her passions for intensive, critical and emergency nursing, with a focus on anaesthesia and pain relief. Lauren hopes to further these skills by undertaking a Masters degree in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia.

Kerry Swanson



Kerry graduated in 2008 from the North Highland College with a Level 3 diploma in veterinary nursing. She went on to work in a busy mixed general practice in Ross-shire for 6 years during which time she completed her City and Guilds Level 4 Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care.

In 2015 she was appointed as lecturer in Veterinary Nursing at the North Highland whilst maintaining her clinical skills as a locum in emergency and critical care nursing  in an Aberdeenshire veterinary referral hospital. 

She continues to particularly enjoy nursing patients with complex needs who require intensive care.