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.

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.  

Lucy Rodgers

Office Manager

Lucy was born and brought up on the Black Isle. She is responsible for HR, Health & Safety and insurance claims within the practice. Lucy joined the team in January 2021 after working in the Telecoms industry since leaving school. She is also one of our qualified First Aiders within the practice. She enjoys meeting and interacting with the pets and their owners.

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. 

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. 

Kate Lightfoot

Veterinary Nurse

BSc (Hons) RVN

Kate graduated from Edinburgh Napier University in July 2019 with an Honours degree in Veterinary Nursing. She then spent some time working in a busy mixed animal practice before joining SVR in November 2020. In work, Kate’s interests include anaesthesia and feline nursing, and has been working on making us a cat friendly practice. Outside of work, she enjoys cycling, going to the gym and has recently started climbing the Munro’s!

Karen MacKay

Veterinary Nurse


Karen is born and bred in Inverness and has always loved animals especially horses! She qualified from Edinburgh's Telford College in 2002 and has worked in small animal practices in Inverness ever since. Her new chapter in her career started at SVR in September 2020. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing. When not at work she loves nothing more than spending quality time with her family, friends and Fox Red Labrador Izzy!

Katie Richards

Veterinary Care Assistant

Katie trained at Crown Vets, Inverness gaining her qualification with North Highland College Thurso. Katie qualified in May 2020 and has been with SVR since August 2020. In practice, Katie enjoys all aspects of the job, some interests are anaesthesia and in-patient care. In her spare time, Katie enjoys going for hikes (especially up Munros), cycling, going to the gym and spending time with friends.