Our Background

Westport Veterinary Clinic is a locally owned practice with a strong commitment to giving the best possible care to your pets.

We have been treating your pets for nearly 30 years, starting as a mixed practice with David Porteous as Head Vet. David worked hard to create a loyal client base and first class reputation and today we continue to develop these.

In 2013 ,the clinic became a dedicated “small animal” vets allowing us to significantly increase the level of care we give our patients. We used this opportunity to upgrade our clinic and equipment and are continuously re-investing in our practice.

In 2018, we had the opportunity to buy Capital Vets in South Queensferry and Drumbrae Vets in Edinburgh after Gerry, the original owner retired.  This meant we could move our South Queensferry branch into the purpose built practice in The Loan, increasing our capabilities for our clients in South Queensferry and Edinburgh.

Westport Veterinary Clinic boasts dedicated dog and cat wards, recovery kennels, digital x- ray (including dental), endoscope, ultrasound, full sterile theatre, laboratory, and a complete, advanced, soft tissue surgical and orthopaedic operating kit. However, our real strength lies in the brilliant and knowledgeable vets and nurses who bring a wealth of experience to Westport Veterinary Clinic.

WestPort Vets is owned and run by Company Director and Senior Veterinary Surgeon Stuart McMorrow

Team Westport Linlithgow consists of:

Our Veterinary Surgeons: Gillian Goldfinch, Liesbeth Grycuk, Jaynie Matthews and Gina Henry

Our Head Nurse: Paula Murphy

Our Registered Veterinary Nurses:  Louise Forrester and Carena Smith

Our Student Veterinary Nurses: Myra Cunningham, Kelly Scott, Cameron McCabe and Vicky Jones

Our Nursing Assistant: Carol Bowman

Our Customer Care Specialists: Marjorie Irvine and Julie Quin

Team Westport South Queensferry and Drumbrae consists of:

Our Veterinary Surgeons: Nicola McCallum, Sam Hillier, & Rachel Robb

Our Clinical Nurse Manager and Registered Veterinary Nurse: Fiona Leathers

Our Registered Veterinary Nurse: Gillian White, Jenny Whyte and Abi Newton

Our Student Veterinary Nurses: Nicola MacPhee

Our Nursing Assistant: Haylley Riley

Our Customer Care Specialists: Gail Ainslie and Wendy Girling

Westport Veterinary Clinic invests significantly in all of the clinical team to continue their learning and development and ensuring your pets receive the most up to date care possible. Staff regularly attend continued professional development seminars and courses, complete daily ward rounds, participate in weekly clinical discussions, monthly journal clubs and regular in house training run by specialist veterinary surgeons. You can read about a small sample of the training courses we attend in our blog.

Our Premises & Equipment

Westport Veterinary Clinic has branches in Linlithgow, South Queensferry & Edinburgh, all of which provides a convenient location for  our clients to attend consultations, collect medications and food orders.  Clients can be seen at any of our branches, at a time which is convenient and can request the same vet to ensure continuity of care for their pets.

At the Linlithgow and South Queensferry surgeries we have:

  • 2 consulting rooms
  • Dedicated operating theatre with gaseous anaesthetic facilities and monitoring equipment
  • Spacious preparation room
  • Dental facilities including specialised tools and equipment for treating dogs, cats, rabbits and small furries
  • X-ray room with the latest digital x-ray technology and ultrasound scanner
  • In-house laboratory facilities enabling rapid diagnoses to be made
  • Warm and comfortable kennels suitable for dogs, cats and small mammals
  • Blood pressure monitoring equipment
  • A wide range of surgical equipment including surgical electrocautery and orthopaedic equipment.
  • Medical support equipment including oxygen kennel, blood transfusion facilities and intravenous fluid infusion pumps

At our Linlithgow and South Queensferry surgeries we perform both veterinary and nurse consultations, as well as the operations in our sterile theatre, diagnostic imaging and case investigations. We also have the facilities to hospitalise our non-surgical cases. Our patients are nursed attentively by our team of caring, qualified veterinary nurses, student veterinary nurses and nursing assistants.

We perform veterinary consultations at our Edinburgh clinic, any surgical procedures are undertaken at our South Queensferry branch which is only 15 minutes away. We are happy to arrange our ambulance to transport your pets between clinics if required.

Meet the Team

Stuart McMorrow BVM&S MRCVS

Stuart graduated from The Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies in 1999 and his first job was a mixed practice in Falkirk. He then spent a few years as a locum, working in a number of practices across the Central belt. This allowed Stuart to train with, and play for the Scotland National Hockey team. He then moved on to work at the PDSA (a veterinary charity) in Edinburgh where he became the Senior Vet in 2006. After twelve years at PDSA, gaining fantastic experience, Stuart decided to join Westport Veterinary Clinic where he recently became a Partner. Stuart loves all things surgical – especially wound management and reconstructive surgery, orthopaedics and more recently dentistry. Stuart and his family have two rescue kittens – Jazz and Mac, and two Border Terriers – Barney and Larry. Stuart can be found most weekends out with the dogs and kids up Witchcraig and Beecraigs. Stuart lives in Torphichen and is an active member of the Linlithgow Round Table.

gillian-goldfinchGillian Goldfinch BVMS PhD MRCVS

Gillian graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 2002 and worked in mixed practice for a few years before completing a PhD in immunology at RDSVS in 2010. Originally from Falkirk, she has lived in Linlithgow with her husband and 3 children since 2012. Gillian has worked part-time at Westport since 2011. She has a crazy lurcher called Oreo (like the biscuit!) who was born in July 2016.  She also has 2 cats – a big ginger cat called Wilfred, who she got from our local Cat Register and Rescue charity after he came into Westport as a very sick kitten, and Lego (named by the kids…of course!) who was handed in as a stray. Gillian has a special interest in internal medicine and she has recently started studying towards becoming an Advanced Practitioner (further clinical qualifications).

Liesbeth Grycuk BVM&S MRCVS

Liesbeth graduated in 2007 from Edinburgh Dick Vet and spent several years working in mixed practice. Before joining Westport at the start of 2016 she spent five years working in emergency and critical care. Liesbeth is currently studying towards a postgraduate certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in feline medicine.  Liesbeth is a marathon runner and travels the world competing in the world marathon series. She has two ragdoll cats “Princess Beatrice” and “Oscar” plus two miniature Shetland ponies “Barney” and “Kinver” and a sheep called “Sheep”.

Jaynie Matthews BVMS MRCVS

Jaynie graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 2009. She moved back home to North East Scotland for 5 years to work in mixed practice, enjoying the coast and countryside! She then spent a few years locuming around the UK, and very much enjoyed the variety of working in different practices, and getting to know lots of new people. After locuming at Westport, she decided it was too nice to leave!

In her spare time, Jaynie likes to walk her collie Belle. She also enjoys skiing, snowboarding, surfing and climbing. She spends the rest of her free time dressmaking or spending her wages on her expanding collection of fabric!

Sam Hillier BVSc MRCVS

Sam graduated from Liverpool Veterinary School in 2015 and worked in busy small animal hospitals for a few years before moving to Westport Vets at the start of 2018. Sam is interested in surgery and currently studying at various orthopaedic CPD events and is looking to start a certificate in the near future. Whilst Sam is not working he is often in the hills hiking or (when not injured) playing sports – mainly Football or Squash.

Nicola McCallum BVM&S MRCVS

Nicola graduated from Edinburgh Dick Vet in 2015. She spent two years working in a busy small animal practice in Newcastle before heading off to travel around South East Asia and South America. Nicola joined West Port Vets in January 2018 and is loving being back in Scotland. She is particularly interested in internal medicine and enjoys studying this subject further at CPD events. In her free time, Nicola enjoys yoga, hiking and climbing. She has a very friendly tabby cat called Skimble and a cheeky Dutch rabbit called Bramble.

Rachel Robb BVM&S MRCVS

Rachel qualified from The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2008. After a year working in Leeds she moved to Glasgow where she worked for 8 years at a busy small animal practice before returning home to Edinburgh in summer 2018 to join the team at Westport. She has a particular interest in internal medicine and dermatology. Out of work Rachel enjoys photography, cooking and trying to control her slightly wild garden. She spends her spare time with her family and two rather high maintenance cats!

Gina Henry BVMS MRCVS

Gina graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2016. She spent the first 3 years of her career working in a busy small animal practice in central Scotland, before joining the team at Westport in July 2019. She enjoys all aspect of first opinion practice, and the variety it brings every day! In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, travelling, and exploring the scenic countryside on hikes.

Alison Winkler BVMS MRCVS

You may see Alison at Westport Vets as she covers when one of us is on holiday or away on training courses.

Alison qualified from Glasgow Vet School in 1994 and worked in practices in Northumberland and Leeds before returning to Scotland in 2008 to specialise in emergency work. This often involves dealing with critical cases and helping pets and their owners when they are at their most vunerable, which she finds highly rewarding.

Whilst Alison is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters, labrador Ruaridh, wire-haired pointer Maggie, cats Ebby, Kelpie and Fingal, and Jasper the African grey parrot!

Graham Leathers BVM&S MRCVS

You may also see Graham at Westport Vets covering our holidays or away days on training courses.

Graham originally hails from Norn Iron (the emerald Isle or Northern Ireland) but trained in Edinburgh to be a vet (many years ago!). He has since worked almost exclusively in Central Scotland, excepting a brief period back home initially. He was lucky enough to find a lovely Scottish lady to live with him and stays with her and two dogs of nondescript and questionable pedigree, who are both very special in their own unique ways!

On his time off he usually can find broken things to fix, or jobs needing done around the house, but if he tries really hard can sometimes be found reading a book or going for a walk. He also plays some sport (badly and non-competitively) in an attempt to keep his youthful figure for a little bit longer! In work he has dealt with many different animals, from the exotic to the ordinary. He hopes that his job with Vets ER will allow him to provide help and reassurance to both owners and their pets when they most need it.

Fiona Leathers RVN

Fiona qualified as an RVN in 2002 after studying full time at Edinburgh’s Telford College.

Before joining the Westport family in Feb 2018, she worked as Head Nurse in practices in Glasgow & Bonnybridge.  She is a qualified Clinical Coach which means she is responsible for the training of our Student Veterinary Nurses.  In 2017, Fiona won The Blue Cross Veterinary Nurse of the Year title and she is the Scottish “Bandaging Angel” for The Veterinary Wound Library which means she travels to other veterinary practices teaching them all aspects of wound care & bandaging techniques.  Fiona is also the first RVN to hold the position of Chairperson for Vet Trust Ltd, a Scottish charity.

 Prior to qualifying as an RVN, Fiona was a riding instructor & show jumping groom in London & Switzerland.  She is married to Graham, who is also a vet and they have a daughter called Hannah who is currently studying photography in Glasgow.  She currently has two dogs, Mavis & Bunty (both mongrels and a bit special), a cat called Tasmin (the brains of the household) and a pondful of goldfish.

Paula Murphy RVN

Paula began her nursing career a full time student in 1997. She then went on to train at Edinburgh Telford college qualifying in 2002. She began working in a first opinion and referral hospital in Stirling and enjoyed the variety of cases that a large hospital deals with. She became an orthopaedic nurse and deputy head before moving on to a different practice .

From 2002 to 2018 Paula worked at a small animal practice in East Lothian and then Edinburgh when that practice expanded. This practice helped to grow Paula skills and love for both animal and clients, with client care being a priority for Paula. Paula began working at Westport vets Linlithgow in September 2018 and is looking forward to getting to know all our clients and their pets.

She lives locally in Torphichen with husband David and kids Mathew and Kathryn. She has a cockapoo called Obi and a cat called Harry. She enjoys all aspects of nursing with anaesthesia and client care being her favourite areas. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and socialising with her friends. She is also a member of her village galaday committee so can be found fund raising and event planning through out the year.

louise-forresterLouise Forrester RVN

Louise qualified in 2015 from SRUC barony campus. Louise completed her 2 years college placement at Westport and liked it so much she stayed!
Louise has recently completed the BVNA delving deeper into wounds course- looking at effective wound management within veterinary practices. Louise also has keen interest in anaesthesia.
Outside of work Louise enjoys horse riding and competes on her own horse Splash at Dressage. She also enjoys  long walks with her two dogs- Dude the Labradoodle and Chip who is a collie X kerry blue terrier and also has a house rabbit and guinea pig.

Carena Schmid RVN

Carena joined the team in November 2016 having spent the previous 2 years in a busy Vets4Pets practice working as a RVN after being there as a student. Before qualifying she was fortunate to gain varied experience at different practices including Glasgow Vet School. Interested in dental work she has completed BVNA Oral Care Nurse Certificate. Carena has a keen interest in canine behaviour, in particular with reactive dogs, and is a Training Assistant at weekly training and behaviour classes with Lothlorien Dog Services in Linlithgow. Carena has 2 Border Collies, both rescue dogs, (Mr) Flash and (Miss) Darcy!

Gillian White RVN

Gillian qualified as an RVN in November 2018 from SRUC Barony Campus. Before qualifying, Gillian studied Animal Care at SRUC Oatridge Campus and worked at Dogs Trust for a year and a half. She has a keen interest in lab-work, and is going on to do her Clinical Coach training so she can aid student vet nurses in their training to become RVNs. In her spare time, Gillian enjoys archery and is a member of West Lothian Archers.

Jenny Whyte RVN

After travelling and working with animals in Australia, Jenny returned to Scotland to pursue a career in veterinary nursing. She was one of the original team members at Capital Vets when she started as an assistant in 2015 before progressing to the Level 3 Diploma in veterinary nursing the following year. Jenny won the Best Student award for two years running and qualified in 2019 and is already planning studying towards further certificates. She has an interest in laboratory work, exotic species and wound management and has enjoyed volunteering at cat shelters by fostering feral kittens outside of work. At home, Jenny has two cats called Obi and Deetu, a grumpy hedgehog called Winston and a crested gecko called Falkor.

Chloe Egan RVN

Chloe is one of our Registered Veterinary Nurses who graduated in November 2017 from SRUC Barony College. She has a great love for cats and is also an ISFM Certified Feline Nurse. At the weekends she likes to spend her time with her family, going out dancing and eating numerous packets of sweeties. At home she has 6 animals! 3 dogs – Bracken, Heather and Wallace, and 3 cats – Jasmine, Tigger and Splodge.

Abi Newton RVN

Abi joined us in April 2018 and works mainly at our South Queensferry practice. She is a 3rd year student vet nurse, studying through SRUC Oatridge and on track to qualify as a registered veterinary nurse in 2019.
In practice, Abi has a particular interest in our feline patients, having had cats all her life.
Abi grew up on a farm and has previously studied journalism, then law, before finally realising that veterinary nursing was the career for her!

Cameron McCabe SVN

myra-cunninghamMyra Cunningham SVN

Myra is our longest serving (suffering!) member of staff, joining the team In 1988. Myra is a well known face around town thanks to her involvement in the Marches. Myra enjoys sewing and knitting in her spare time, especially for her wee granddaughter, Ava Rose. Myra has 2 dogs, 2 cats and a leopard gecko.

Nicola Macphee SVN

Nicola is one of the members of staff from the Capital Vets days, having started here as a volunteer in 2016. She studied HND in Animal Care previously, and worked as an Animal Technician. Nicola is passionate about caring for animals, always putting their comfort and needs first, so enjoys being involved in patient care. At home she loves her music and going on adventures.

Kelly Scott SVN

Kelly is currently in her 2nd year of veterinary nursing training and is doing her placement at Westport Vets. Kelly has a keen interest in exotics and she hopes to go down the exotic nursing specialism route, after qualifying as an RVN.

Vicky Jones SVN

Vicky joined the practice in August 2018 after achieving a Diploma Level 2 on the Veterinary Care Assistants course at Oatridge. She lives with her fiance, dog, two guinea pigs and a tortoise. Vicky really enjoys baking and travelling. Vicky is aiming for a Veterinary Nursing career in the future. Her favourite part of the job is providing TLC to patients following surgical procedures.

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Carol Bowman

Carol has been at Westport Vets since 1989 (since she was 10 apparently!!). Carol spends most of her time through the back nursing your pets and looking after them when they are in staying with us for the day. She also has a keen interest in cleaning!! In her spare time Carol enjoys spending time with her granddaughters (Erin and Charley) and her 5 Labradors.

Haylley Riley

Haylley joined us in August 2017 as an animal care assistant, before working with us Haylley worked in a bar but always knew her passion was working with animals. She also has eight cats!

Gail Ainslie

Gail is the receptionist at our South Queensferry branch. Gail is incredibly friendly and outgoing and likes nothing better that a good natter with the clients in the waiting room! She is also very attached to all her South Queensferry patients and is always keen to take their photos to add to her album which she keeps at the reception desk. Gail loves her dogs, particularly little Louie the Chihuahua. In her spare time Gail is a bit of a “biker chick” and enjoys travelling around Scotland and Europe by motorcycle with her husband and their tent.

Wendy Girling

Wendy has been the receptionist at the Drumbrae branch for over 11 years! Wendy enjoys meeting and assisting clients old and new. She lives with her husband and 2 cats.

marjorie-irvineMarjorie Irvine

Marjorie has been at Westport for 24 years. In that time she has seen many changes at the practice, but you will still see her welcoming smile at the front desk each morning. Marjorie has a habit of “collecting” slightly broken cats and those looking for homes – she currently has 4 cats. In her spare time Marjorie enjoys crafty activities including crochet and patchwork. She also frequently attends the theatre and enjoys the cinema.

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