As well as the bustle of our usual small animal and farm work, we do a number of other jobs you might be interested in.
We provide local veterinary cover for the Highland Wildlife Park in Kincraig, which houses a number of rare and exotic species such as wolves, Japanese macaques (snow monkeys), bison, Arctic foxes, polar bears and tigers, as well as wildcats, deer, pine martens, otters and several species of birds. In addition to the emergency service we provide for the park, our senior vet Jane spends one day a week there looking after the routine health needs of the animals.
Many people familiar with our area will know about the Cairngorm Reindeer Herd, and we are lucky enough to be able to provide veterinary services for these beautiful animals, who travel the UK each year pulling sleighs in festive parades. They are not just for Christmas though, and the herd spends most of the year enjoying the wonderful habitat of the Cairngorms plateau, where they have roamed since their introduction in 1952.
The practice area hosts a large number of shooting estates and a major part of this sort of enterprise involves rearing birds for release. We work in partnership with gamekeepers to ensure the birds’ optimal health and welfare and undertake regular site visits to offer advice and guidance.
Our practice is an official Veterinary Nurse Training Practice and we provide training and work placements to student nurses via North Highland College UHI. Our Clinical Director Jane Harley is a Clinical Coach, meaning she mentors student nurses who are in training.
The practice is a member of the voluntary Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ Practice Standards Scheme, which means we have committed to meet stringent standards of training, hygiene, equipment and protocols. A requirement of membership is that we undergo regular independent inspections, as well as spot checks.
Vets within the practice are involved in a number of other roles, including inspection of zoos, inspection of riding establishments, work for the Meat Hygiene Service, and undertaking official veterinary work on behalf of the Scottish Government.