Forfar Surgery

Address:

Thrums Veterinary Group
Queenswell Road
Forfar
DD8 3JA
Tel: 01307 466967
Fax: 01307 460146

Opening hours:

Sunday:
Monday: 9.30am – 6.30pm
Tuesday: 9.30am – 6.30pm
Wednesday: 9.30am – 6.30pm
Thursday: 9.30am – 6.30pm
Friday: 9.30am – 6.30pm
Saturday: 9.00 am – 12.30pm

Meet the Team at Forfar

Sharon Burrows

Sharon has worked at Thrums since 2008 after gaining her HND in Animal Care Sharron Burrows
and she is continuing her nursing training in house.

Her pastimes include walking and successfully showing her Italian Spinoni dogs,
which are also good working dogs.

Fiona Keay

Fiona joined Thrums as a receptionist in October 2012 covering both our Kirriemuir and ForfarFiona Keay
practices.
She previously worked in administration however finds working at Thrums more eventful in her
day to day role.
Out of work Fiona is kept busy with her two children Naomi and Sam who all enjoy attending to
their horses and walking the family dog Struan.

Tessa Mclellan

Tessa McLellanTessa joined Thrums way back in 1995!

At home she has a french bulldog, rabbits, guinea pigs, fish and a husband called Keith.

Colin Barr

Colin qualified from Glasgow in 1984 and spent the first four years working in mixed Colin Barr
practice in rural Yorkshire. He moved to Kirriemuir in 1988 and became a partner in 1991.

His main interest inside work is small animal surgery with a particular emphasis on
orthopaedics although he enjoys all aspects of general practice.

Outside of work, Colin enjoys off road motorcycling and competes regularly although he
has now reached the unfortunate stage where his son is about to start beating him! He also
enjoys skiing, sailing, and playing his bagpipes with local group “Sonnet 65”.

Gavin Durston (Director)

Outside work Gavin helps run a successful and busy mum and dad’s taxi service for their four Gavin Durston
children. He has been told that this is a voluntary position and he should enjoy it!!!

He also enjoys running and currently he is training for an ultra marathon. (that is anything
longer than a marathon, generally up to 100 miles) Being a slow ruuner he just runs for longer.

At work Gavin has an interest in internal medicine, especially cardiology. He also organises this website
so any typing mistakes are his fault!

Graeme Richardson (Director)

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Chris Aitken (Director)

Chris qualified from Glasgow Veterinary School in 2003 and after a year working with dairy Chris Aitken
cows in Lancashire he moved back north and started working for Thrums Vet Group in
November 2004.

He likes farm animals and small animals and is currently putting a lot of work into developing
poultry medicine within the practice.

Chris has a black Labrador called Jura, and a black & tan Jack Russell Terrier called Tali who
can often be found trotting around the surgery looking for biscuits! Outside of work he enjoys
climbing and has recently started Munro bagging. But in the winter the walking boots are put
away and his snowboard gets dusted off.

Helen Collins

Helen graduated from Glasgow University in 2006, she worked in mixed practice in the Helen Collins
Yorkshire Dales for a couple of years. After getting to grips with cows and sheep, she got
itchy feet so headed off to India to volunteer at some animal charities, from Jaipur to
Darjeeling. After six months of eating as much curry as you could wish for, Helen headed
back towards home and worked in Inverness in small animal practice. A year later and
she was off to New Zealand to work in mixed practice and do some more travelling. In 2010,
Helen joined Thrums Veterinary Group, having decided she should probably settle in one place
for a while. Since then she has been involved in all aspects of the practice, her particular areas
of interest include rabbits, other exotics and poultry, but everyday is different! Out of work,
Helen has a dog Nelly and cat Toby and of course a husband, called Phil. In her free time,
she enjoys walking or running with Nelly or heading back home to Shieldaig on the West Coast to climb some hills.

Alex Hussey (Director)

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Ed Hill (Director)

Ed qualified from Glasgow in 2011 before spending 4 years in Speyside working largely withEd Hill
beef cattle and sheep, he joined the team at Thrums in summer 2015.

His main interests and skills are in sheep flock health, bull and tup fertility and cattle lameness
but enjoys all the challenges being a mixed vet brings! He is currently working towards his
certificate in production animal Advanced Veterinary Practice.

Outside of work Ed spends time with his young family, tackling the Scottish munros, skiing
and running half marathons.

Alistair Smith

Alistair graduated from Glasgow University in 2016 and is a new addition to theAlistair Smith
team at Thrums.

Ali was inspired into a career in veterinary, growing up on a dairy farm in Ayrshire
however a combination of wet weather and low milk prices has driven him to seek
settlement in the east.

Ali has aimed to gain as much experience as possible before beginning work at Thrums
including spending time working on a cattle station in Queensland, Australia and working
at The American Fondouk charity equine clinic in Morocco. This, as you can imagine,
involved a variety of weird and wonderful cases as well as educating owners about basic
husbandry techniques.

Outside of work Ali enjoys anything outdoors including playing rugby, young farmers and
aims to take advantage of the hill walking opportunities that Kirriemuir offers.

Claire Jackson

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