Helping animals in the north of Scotland
Scottish Vet Referrals was co-founded by Tony Wall and Kirsten Macleod, both veterinary ophthalmologists with a wealth of experience behind them. They set up this facility to offer a referral service to veterinary practices in the North of Scotland for complex and challenging eye cases.
Scottish Vet Referrals is a ‘second opinion’ practice working in partnership with established veterinary practices. It currently provides ophthalmology services for all animals with eye disease, including diagnosis, treatment and surgery, as well as providing emergency care. In addition, it is the only practice North of Edinburgh to be qualified to examine and certify dogs for freedom from hereditary eye diseases (British Veterinary Association/Kennel Club Eye Scheme).
“It’s still early days,” explains Tony Wall, “but we’re already providing our services across the Highlands and Islands, as well as in Aberdeen, Perth and into the central belt. At the moment, there are no other dedicated veterinary ophthalmology practices apart from the universities in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
“We moved into our new building on the Inverness Campus in December 2016. Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has been very good to us, and we were awarded a generous grant to help with the build. Although the whole process took some time, a couple of people in particular within HIE have been very helpful. For example, Ruaraidh MacNeil, who’s the Campus Project Director, really understood and supported our vision and what we wanted to achieve.
“Now we’re in, the facility is fantastic – we have a great working environment with state-of-the-art equipment. We expect to be able to offer other referral disciplines quite soon. We are excited about the opportunities for collaborating with others on the Campus and in the Centre for Health Science.”