We are a group of small animal practices in Edinburgh, first established in the 1950’s. We are passionate about animal care and our skilled team of veterinarians and vet nurses are dedicated to providing the highest quality care for your animals. Because we love animals and strive to provide excellent continuity of care, we are open six days a week and have access to 24-hour emergency care.
Hannah graduated from The University of Glasgow and worked in a number of practices in London and the South of England, including in a referral hospital. She returned to Scotland to join the team as clinical director in spring 2017 and is based primarily at our Tollcross practice. Hannah achieved further professional qualification in small animal surgery in 2017 and has a particular interest in small tissue surgery and laparoscopy (keyhole surgery). Hannah has a Cocker Spaniel called Ghillie and enjoys playing polo, shooting and running in her spare time.
Michelle Anderson BVM&S MRCVS
Michelle is a graduate of Edinburgh University’s Royal Dick Vet College. Before joining West End Vets, she worked in rural Staffordshire, treating farm animals as well as cats, dogs and other pets. Michelle has worked at West End Vets for over 12 years now and sees clients at Morningside Road and Bread Street. She enjoys all aspects of treating companion animals including anaesthesia and surgery and finds the variety and challenges of small animal general practice very rewarding. Michelle shares her home with her husband, three children, her dog named Connie and cat, Pablo.
Claire Edgington BVM&S MRCVS
Claire graduated from The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh in 2003 and initially worked as a mixed animal vet in South Wales before moving to work in a variety of small animal practices up and down the UK. Claire has also previously been a lecturer in veterinary nursing at the College of Animal Welfare in Edinburgh. At work she particularly enjoys dermatology and geriatric feline medicine and is also a qualified veterinary acupuncturist. Away from work, Claire has a young daughter who keeps her busy along with two dogs, Jura and Lewis, and a guinea pig called Squeak.
Javier Mota-Verdura BVM&S MRCVS
Javier graduated in his hometown of Madrid at the University Complutense in 2014. He completed several placements during his studies, including an internship of two years in the oncology department in a hospital for small animals that he really enjoyed. Javier came to Edinburgh in the summer of 2014, running away from the heat of the Spanish summer. He joined the practice in June 2015 and he loves meeting new patients every day, especially black labs and spaniels. In his spare time he enjoys long walks, hiking, travelling, cooking and going to the theatre to see musicals.
Helen O'Leary MVB MRCVS
Helen graduated from University College Dublin in 2008. Since graduating she has gained a wide range of experience working in small animal practice in Ireland, the UK and in Australia. As well as working in first opinion practice, Helen completed an internship in Dick White Referrals in Cambridgeshire. In 2018 Helen moved to Edinburgh to study for a Masters at Queen Margaret University and has been working at West End Vets as a locum. Helen lives with her husband who is a large animal vet and in her spare time she enjoys swimming, hill-walking and camping.
David Rimer BVM&S MRCVS
A graduate of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) Veterinary College, David established and developed the Morningside branch of the West End Veterinary Partnership. Renamed West End Vets, David is now delighted to be part of the expansion and refurbishment of the surgery on Morningside Road which occurred in 2016. David enjoys meeting people as well as their animals and has a keen interest in surgery. He has a wife, three married daughters and four grandchildren, as well as Molly, his ever-friendly Golden Retriever.