Our Berwick Team

   








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    HEATHER BOYLE

    Clinical Director

    BVM&S, CertAVP(SAM), MRCVS

    After graduating in 2007, Heather worked in Sunderland and Aberdeenshire before joining Galedin in 2010. Her main interests are in small animal medicine, and in 2016 she achieved her certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice. She is the go-to person in practice for challenging or frustrating cases. She is very sporty and spends her spare time running with her dogs, surfing or travelling.

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    KIRSTY MORRISON

    Senior Veterinary Surgeon

    BVM&S, MRCVS

    Kirsty qualified from Edinburgh University in 2014 and worked in a small animal practice near Manchester before joining Galedin in 2018. She has a particular interest in medical cases and is currently studying towards her BSAVA Small Animal Medicine Certificate. In her spare time, Kirsty enjoys walking and canicross with her pointer Ludo, boxing and baking.

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    RICHARD GOMERSALL

    Small Animal Director

    BVM&S, MRCVS

    Richard graduated from the Dick Vet in 2000 – his third degree after studying marine zoology and parasitology, both at Bangor University, after which he also gained a Masters degree in tropical medicine research! He is very skilled at soft tissue surgery, traumatic wound management and oncology. When he’s not collecting degrees, he loves getting out with his family and three dogs.

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    JONATHAN HUNDAL

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVM&S, MRCVS

    Jonny graduated as a veterinary surgeon from Edinburgh University in 2015 before joining Galedin in 2020. He has a keen interest in surgery, particularly orthopaedics but is also partial to seeing exotic pets. In his spare time he enjoys rock climbing and hill walking but is up for most adrenaline filled outdoor activities.

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    EMILY REEVES

    Senior Veterinary Surgeon

    BVetMed, MRCVS

    Emily qualified from Royal Veterinary College in 2015 and after a whole three days off started at Galedin! She is particularly interested in sheep and flock health planning although she also enjoys small animal work. Her favourite part of the job is drinking tea and catching up on the craic with the farmers. Outside of work she helps out on the farm at home and has her own small flock of Hampshire Down ewes.

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    FIONA ROSS

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVM&S, MRCVS

    Fiona graduated from the Dick Vet in 2011, and started out as a mixed vet on the west coast before joining Galedin, spending five years in our Duns practice. Since having children she now works at Berwick doing small animal practice. When not working she can usually be found at home on the farm or walking one of her Labs.

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    KATIE RUSSELL

    Veterinary Surgeon

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    NEVENKA VESLIGAJ

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVMS, PGCertSAOpthal, MRCVS

    Nevenka joined the team in 2019. She has a postgraduate certificate in small animal ophthalmology and holds RCVS advanced practitioner status. She sees ophthalmology cases from within our group and also from other vets in the local area. She is mum to three Jack Russells and a Labrador, Collie cross, and before becoming a vet she used to be an archaeologist!

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    LESLEY PUNTON

    Head Nurse

    RVN

    Lesley is based in the head nurse of our Berwick surgery. Her interests include medical nursing, radiography, infection control, senior pets and clinical coaching – and she also has a soft spot for cats! She has beautiful twin girls, and also the most incredibly obedient and well behaved Staffie, Senna, and a cat called Bingo.

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    CAROLINE WHITE

    Senior RVN

    RVN N Cert (Anaesth)

    Caroline qualified in 2014 and has a keen interest in general nursing, anaesthesia – in which she has a certificate – and improving clinical standards. She is also a clinical coach to our student nurses. She is kept busy at home with her three sons, a Gordon setter called Flora and two tabby cats. In her spare time she volunteers as a leader with the local scout group.

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    CLARE LACKENBY

    Senior RVN

    RVN, Dip HE AVN, C-SQP

    Clare qualified in 2019 as an RVN, after previously working for airlines and living in ski resorts! Nurse clinics and ward nursing are her favourite duties. She enjoys taking new qualifications and applying her learning in the practice. Long beach walks and cuddles with her German wirehaired pointer are her favourite things!

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    EMMA JEFFREY

    RVN

    RVN

    Emma has a lot of experience with animals from working at Berwick Animal Rescue Kennels, where she still works at weekends, and is looking forward to completing her veterinary nursing qualifications. In her spare time she enjoys horse riding and walking.

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    GEMMA AITCHISON

    RVN

    BSc(Hons), RVN

    Gemma qualified with a degree in veterinary nursing and practice management in 2020 from Harper Adams University. She has a keen interest in emergency critical care cases, and loves doting on all the inpatients with her daily gravy bone round! Her interests outside of work mainly involve CrossFit training, dog walking and clay pigeon shooting.

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    JILL MURRAY

    RVN

    RVN

    Jill joined the team in 2018 and is hoping to gain her qualifications to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse. She has a Bedlington terrier called Cassie who loves being at work with her! At home she enjoys exploring new walks with her son and partner, and also reading.

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    JULIE GRAY

    RVN

    RVN

    Julie joined the team in 1988, passing her nursing exams in 1990. She has seen a lot of changes in her time with the practice and still loves her job! She has an interest in small animal behaviour and is passionate about end of life care. She lives with her two teenage children, a lurcher, a whippet and a canary, and likes nothing better than swimming on our gorgeous beaches!

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    LAUREN VALLANCE

    RVN

    RVN

    Lauren first joined the team in 2012, and gained her Registered Veterinary Nurse qualification after graduating from SRUC in 2018. She enjoys all aspects of being an RVN but has recently gained more of an interest in nursing exotic species. Outside of work she enjoys walking, horse riding, travelling and volunteering abroad.

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    JANE STURROCK

    RVN

    RVN

    Jane joined the practice in the early 2000s, before qualifying as an RVN in 2009. She loves her job as there are never two same days in a row and she really enjoys all of the different aspects of animal care her job provides. At home she’s lucky enough to have a border terrier, Labrador, ponies and a hamster.

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    CHRIS RICHARDSON

    Deputy Practice Manager (East)

    Chris joined the Galedin team in 2018 as a credit controller, and became deputy practice manager to our Berwick, Duns and Eyemouth surgeries in 2020. In his spare time he enjoys walking his dog, Dexter, and going to the cinema. He is the co-host of a movie-related podcast, and has written and directed his own short film, which was screened at a London film festival in 2021.

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    NATALIE SOUTHWOOD

    Reception Team Leader

    Natalie joined the practice in 2014 and enjoys all aspects of the job. She has 3 grown-up children and in her spare time enjoys visiting her daughter in Cumbria and going on long walks with her black labrador, Lex.

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    ANGELA BROWN

    Receptionist

    Angela started working in reception at our Duns branch in 2019 and transferred to Berwick in 2021. She enjoys working for Galedin as no two days are the same. At home she has a jug – Jack Russell, pug cross – called Molly, who is a bit of a diva.

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    GILLIAN MCLACHLAN

    Receptionist

    Gillian works on reception at our Berwick branch. She lives in Berwick with her husband and son. She loves reading, music and long walks with her black Labrador, Lexie, and her two sprockers, Stella and Thistle.

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    JACQUELINE BRENNAN

    Credit Controller

    Jacqueline is the HR coordinator at Galedin, and works out of the Berwick surgery. After a number of years travelling and living in Essex and Canada, she returned to Berwick with her husband and family. She has a rescue cocker and when not organising all the staff here, she helps out with fundraising for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

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    SARAH TODD

    Receptionist

    Sarah joined the team in 2021, after being made redundant in her previous job due to the pandemic, and is loving her new role. She is mum to three girls, and recently became a nanny for the first time with the birth of her grandson. At home she has two spaniels, one springer and one sprocker.

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    GILLIAN FLETCHER

    Senior Finance Administrator

    Gilli joined the finance team in 2018 and assists mainly in bank reconciliations, petty cash and creditors. But our Gilli is willing to turn her hand to most other finance functions, including keeping us entertained all the time!

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    CAROLYN HODGSON

    Receptionist

    Carolyn loves her role with the team, combining her two passions, people and animals, after a varied career that has seen her take on roles from working in hospital theatres to fashion consultancy! She is a fun loving girl who loves socialising and long walks on the beach with her husband Roy, her Labrador and her two grown-up children.

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    LAURA BAKER

    Receptionist

    Originally a ‘townie’ from Cheltenham, Laura now lives in the somewhat contrasting setting of the Lammermuir hills outside of Duns. She is married to a livestock farmer, Joe, and has four dogs and a cat. She enjoys travelling after having four months away for a honeymoon.

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    NAOMI COXON

    Receptionist

    Naomi joined the Berwick reception team in 2016 and has a busy life running around after her two children, pack of dogs and ponies!

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    LOUISE RENTON

    Cleaner

    Louise has worked for Galedin for over a decade, and has seen a lot of changes and made a lot of new friends. Outside work, her interests are walking her dogs, playing lawn bowls and also looking after her granddaughter, who definitely keeps her young!

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    SUSAN STRACHAN

    Cleaner