Kirsten Macleod



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.

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.  

Richard Coe



RCVS and European Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Surgery 

Richard graduated from Cambridge University in 1998. Following an internship at the University of Philadelphia and a short time in general and emergency small animal practice he took up a residency in small animal surgery at the University of Bristol and obtained his RCVS Certificate in 2003 followed by his ECVS Diploma in 2006. As a specialist Richard has worked in both university and private specialist practices providing referral surgery services, as well as teaching both vet students and practitioners in the UK, Europe and Asia. In 2015 Richard founded Surgeon On Site, a mobile specialist surgical service providing advanced surgical procedures to practices in Scotland and Northern England. He is delighted to be able to offer specialist surgical procedures at Scottish Vet Referrals. 

Nick Goldfinch



RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery 

 Nick graduated from Glasgow Vet School and initially worked in mixed practice before completing a certificate in small animal medicine. He then moved to Edinburgh University’s Hospital for Small Animals, where he undertook a residency program in small animal oncology and completed a PhD in veterinary immunology. Nick went on to gain his certificate in small animal surgery from practice in 2015 and joined Richard as part of Surgeon On Site: providing advanced surgical procedures to practices in Scotland and Northern England. 

Craig Devine


BVSc DVC MRCVS, RCVS Diploma in Cardiology

Craig Devine has many years of experience in cardiorespiratory medicine of all animals, from horses to gorillas! He has worked in academia and in private practice, lectured extensively, and is now enthusiastic about working with Scottish Vet Referrals to bring advanced small animal cardiorespiratory diagnostics and treatments to the north of Scotland. 

Kerry Swanson

Veterinary Nurse


Kerry graduated in 2008 from the North Highland College. 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 College whilst maintaining her clinical skills as a locum in emergency and critical care nursing  in an Aberdeenshire veterinary referral hospital. 

Kerry enjoys all aspects of her role, especially opthalmology and oncology.  Kerry supports visiting clinician Simon Bate every Tuesday, assisting Simon with Internal medicine and oncology.

She is particularly interested in oncology as she likes being able to build and create a bond with the owners and their pets whilst they are undergoing Chemotherapy.

Rachel Allan

Veterinary Nurse


Rachel was born in Inverness, and attended North Highland College, Thurso where she graduated with a level 3 diploma in Veterinary Nursing in February 2015. Rachel carried out her training in a busy mixed animal practice in Ross-Shire, she started there in 2010 and returned to Inverness in 2019, to pursue a career in small animal practice, in particular ophthalmology, cardiology and oncology. Rachel is one of the qualified First Aiders within the practice. Rachel continues to enjoy the job that she does and is looking forward to new challenges. 

Donna Gibson

Practice Administrator and Veterinary Nurse


Donna is originally from Ayrshire, and has recently moved back to Scotland after careers in the Royal Air Force and higher education finance.  Since qualifying as a veterinary nurse in 2016, graduating from The College of Animal Welfare in Huntingdon, Donna has worked in small animal first opinion practices in roles of Qualified Veterinary Nurse, Deputy Head Nurse and then Head Veterinary Nurse. Donna is the other qualified First Aider in the practice.

Donna is a qualified diver and is a volunteer Marine Mammal Medic with the British Divers Marine Life Rescue in her spare time.  Donna is currently studying for a Post Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Business Management

Donna is excited about her new role at Scottish Vet Referrals and is looking forward to the challenges that it brings. 

Jane Moodie

Veterinary Nurse


Jane qualified in January 2015 from North Highland College, Thurso. She has been working in the veterinary world since 2011 where she began her career as an Animal Care Assistant at Rogart Vets. She then moved to Easter Ross Vets where she completed her RVN training.

Since qualifying Jane has worked at Inshes Vets in Inverness, where she gained an additional qualification in Veterinary Hydrotherapy, and then as a night RVN at Aberdeen Vet Referrals for a year where she was dedicated to inpatient care prior to joining the team.

Julia Hawthorn

Reception Administrator

Julia manages the front of house at the practice. She is generally the first port of call for owners and referring vets, and takes responsibility for organising the referral appointments and welcoming our clients and patients to the practice.

Jenna Greenwood

Veterinary Care Assistant

Level 2 Diploma Veterinary Care Assistant

Jenna holds the Veterinary Care Assistant Diploma. She has a varied and busy role assisting the vets and nurses in all areas of the practice.