We are a group of small animal practices in Scotland, first established in 2003. We are passionate about animal care and our skilled team of vets 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 have access to 24-hour emergency care and are open seven days a week at our East Kilbride practice, and six days a week at our branch surgeries.
After starting work experience in Champion Vets in 2018, I quickly decided Veterinary Nursing was the job for me. Fast forward through 4 years of training I graduated in July 2023 with a Bachelor’s of Science Honours degree in Veterinary Nurse. I have a keen interest in animal behaviour and hope to complete further studies in this area. I also greatly enjoy Schedule 3 procedures such as dental scale and polish’s and stitch ups.
When I am not working, I can be found rock climbing, hill walking or wild swimming.
Heather Kerr RVN
Group Practice Manager
Heather is the group practice manager for Champion Vets. She is based in our East Kilbride surgery but visits our other surgeries on a weekly basis. Heather manages the daily running of surgeries and the staff. She started working as a trainee veterinary nurse in 1998 and has been qualified as a registered veterinary nurse since 2000; she has been with Champion Vets since 2007. Heather thoroughly enjoys all aspects of veterinary work and loves working with our friendly team of staff.
Kirsty Edgar RVN
Head Nurse East Kilbride
I have been working at Champion Vets since December 2014. After starting as a kennel assistant I then went on to complete my Veterinary Nurse training with North Highland College and qualified in 2021. I have a keen interest in Schedule 3 procedures such as stitch ups and dental scale and polishes and am keen to further my knowledge in this area. I was promoted to Head Nurse for East Kilbride in April 2022 and have loved being able to be a nurse and get involved with the management side of the practice, I love being a Veterinary Nurse and feel lucky to be in a career that I enjoy!
Julie Sutherland RVN
Head Nurse at Glasgow
I have been a Registered Veterinary nurse for over 20 years.
I have been in Champion vets now for over 7 years.
I have an old springer spaniel – named Max, a jack Russell named Minnie and an old cat called Sookie all of which keep me on my toes.
I worked in referral practice, complimentary therapy, Accident and emergency, Charity and private practice.
I love walks in the countryside with my dogs.
Iona Birschel RVN
Iona is one of our Veterinary Nurses who graduated from Barony college with a Bsc in Veterinary Nursing in 2021 and has been with Champion Vets since March 2021 where she was first a student. Iona has a lovely rescue cat called Jess that’s been with her since November 2020. She is continuously learning new things every day to progress her nursing career and is keen to further develop in the areas that she enjoys. Iona is currently the Cat advocate for the practice.
Verity Coubrough-Casey RVN
Verity qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2021. She is very passionate about all aspects of her nursing career, with a particular interest in animal behaviour and pain management. She has one dog, a Lhasa Apso called Lucky, and in her spare time she is an avid runner, regularly taking part in organised running events.
Kirsty McNicholl RVN
Kirsty has worked for Champion Vets since June 2016, and has been a part of all three branches. Kirsty qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2005 where she started out in private practice. She then went onto working for Vets Now for two years nursing emergency and critical care patients before then spending eight years working for the very busy PDSA in Glasgow. Kirsty comes to work with her dog named Audrey who you may see helping at reception.
Student Veterinary Nurse at Grangemouth
Naomi joined as a patient care assistant in January 2021. She studied at Barony College and Bristol University and is excited to continue her career in veterinary practice. Naomi loves all animals having a lovely black Labrador, a cat, a bearded dragon and a rabbit at home. In her spare time she enjoys hill walking and gardening.
City & Guilds Patient Care Assistant at Grangemouth
Georgina has been with Grangemouth since 2010 and is a valued member of staff. Over the years she has acquired a variety of skills from auxiliary nursing roles to laboratory, reception and animal handling skills. Georgina knows our surgery inside out and also knows most of our clients very well. Outside of work she enjoys walking her Staffie, Kia. Georgina has recently qualified from the SRUC as a patient care assistant with merit.