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Veterinary surgeons

Alistair McInnes BVMS MRCVS, Partner

In 1970, I came as a raw youth from a North East farming background to the bright lights of Glasgow to study vet medicine. After qualifying in 1975, I remained at Glasgow Vet School working for a year as a house surgeon. On the 20th October 1976 (or so the records show), I joined Bishopbriggs Vet Centre (or Ross and Bickerton as it was then) as a mixed practice assistant. I was already familiar with lots of clients and farms hereabout, having “seen practice” during my student years.

I soon settled into practice life in Bishopbriggs, so settled in fact that here I am still after nigh-on 35 years. Lots has changed during that time – in 1976, 80% of our work involved farm animals, but now we are a busy modern practice, with most of our work involving all variety of pets, but still we are out and about at farms and stables on a daily basis.

I live locally with my wife Dot (partner in life and partner in work) and our multiple Labradors and one hairy cat. Now that our children have….. finally…. flown the nest, I find I have more time to spare and am turning my hand to making our garden into a garden. I used to enjoy more active pursuits and played rugby for Allan Glen’s along the road at the Bearyards, but at 49, I hung up my boots (when my hamstrings cried 'no more!') and now I have to be content with watching from the sidelines – although watching Scotland from the sidelines lately has been an uninspiring experience!

Dorothy McInnes BVMS MRCVS, Partner

I have been vetting for 35 years now, having originally qualified from Glasgow Vet School (along with my husband Alistair) in 1975. Born and bred in Paisley, quite a long time ago…. I have never travelled further than the West of Scotland during my professional life and have worked here in Bishopbriggs with Alistair since our three children were quite young, first as very very part-time assistant, then part-time assistant and now partner.

That balance of working life and family life has always worked well for me, and still is. I enjoy a good working environment, both with my fellow workers, many of whom have been around for a good while, like Alistair and myself, but also with the good people of Bishopbriggs and beyond, clients new and old, some with tales of the practice that even predate me!

At home we have the latest generation of Labradors and Dachshunds. Labradors the same the world over – reliable, constant and unfailingly faithful – and the dachsies – yappy and disobedient, in a quietly inoffensive way – whose latest military objective is the poor postie’s trouser leg! – and last, but not least, the hairy cat.

Henry Braid BVMS MRCVS, Partner

I graduated from Glasgow Vet School in July 1999 and began work at Bishopbriggs Vet Centre in August of that year. I first came to this practice for work experience as a 15-year-old schoolboy and continued to see practice here until I graduated and actually got paid to attend.

I grew up locally on a dairy and sheep farm and have been used to working with creatures great and small from an early age. Working here at Bishopbriggs has been great as it is a mixed practice which allows me to work with farm and domestic animals.

Apart from work my home life keeps me busy. I’m married with three kids and we enjoy swimming, sports and helping out on the family farm.

Anna Bassett BVMS MRCVS

I graduated from Glasgow Vet School in July 1999, and was very keen to stay around Glasgow, so when I was offered an interview at Bishopbriggs Vet Centre, I was delighted to attend, and even more delighted to accept their job offer! I thought at the time that I would probably work for a year or two to find my feet, then move on as a lot of new graduates do, but thirteen years later I’m still here!!

I spend the vast majority of my time working with small animals. Even in the relatively short length of time I have been qualified, I have seen quite a lot of changes within the profession.

When I’m not working, my main interest lies in music – I have played euphonium for Glasgow Wind Band since 1993, as well as being involved with some brass bands too. I also enjoy skiing, playing badminton, hill walking and watching Scotland playing rugby.

Informative image: Mathtew McCullochMatthew McCulloch BVMS MRCVS

I moved to Scotland from South Wales in 2002 to attend Glasgow Vet School. After graduating in 2007 I started my career as a mixed practitioner in Aberdeenshire. Having found I missed civilisation, I decided to move to Cumnock in East Ayrshire before I took a job in Lancashire working mainly with pets and dairy cattle. Moving practices as a recent graduate gave me a good opportunity to gain experience. However I have decided that Glasgow is the place for me. In my spare time I enjoy most sports, but coming from Wales, its rugby and football that I'm most interested. I try to get my boots on most weekends. I also enjoy watching the odd game, particularly Wales v Scotland !

I've just got married to my wife Cat and we share our house with our black Lab called Sam and our cat Alfie.

Lynn Campbell BVMS MRCVS

I graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 1996 and went to live and work in Anglesey, North Wales, in a busy small animal and farm practice. I have fond memories of my time there and still visit the island for holidays, to meet old friends and practise my Welsh!

I have also worked in Dunfermline and Condoratt before returning to Bishopbriggs where I first came for work experience from school with Alistair and Dot. Currently I’m working part-time as I bring up my family.

I enjoy the variety of my job and have a particular interest in canine behaviour – which is just as well because I have just acquired a puppy. She is a wee darling crossbreed and just wants to play with everybody. My poor old cat is still adjusting to our new addition. I enjoy running, swimming and climbing Munroes whenever I get some spare time.

Jennifer Penman BVMS MRCVS

In September 2003, I moved from Larbert, near Falkirk, to study Veterinary medicine at the University of Glasgow. I was always particularly interested in small animal medicine and surgery, so after graduating, I began my career in a small animal practice in Stirling where I enjoyed developing my skills - especially in surgery. In November 2009, I relocated back to Glasgow and moved to Bishopbriggs Veterinary Centre where I work part time as a small animal vet.  I have recently added acupuncture to my skills as a special interest.

I now live in the west end with my husband and son, and of course my lovely, very hairy, yellow Labrador (Nutty) Norah.

Informative image: Angie small PhotoAngie McLaughlin BVMS MRCVS

After graduating from Glasgow in 2008, I worked in Ireland and then Australia before returning to glasgow (I couldn't stay away) to complete a rotating Internship in the Small Animal Hospital at Glasgow Vet School. I started working in Bishopbriggs Veterinary Centre in May 2013 and have enjoyed being part of the team here, especially meeting all the clients and their lovely pets. I have a 3 legged cat (who thinks he's a dog) called Wylie and he is rapidly running through his nine lives, the leg incident being how I met him !  My special interests lie in diagnostic imaging and surgery, but I enjoy all parts and the variation of my job. Outside of work, I spend my time socialising with friends, running, swimming and surfing.