Kirriemuir Surgery


Thrums Veterinary Group
20 Forfar Road
Tel: 01575 572643
Fax: 01575 574099

Opening hours:

Monday: 8.30am – 7pm
Tuesday: 8.30am – 7pm
Wednesday: 8.30am – 7pm
Thursday: 8.30am – 7pm
Friday: 8.30am – 7pm
Saturday: 9.00 am – 12.30pm

Meet the Team at Kirriemuir

Fiona Angus

Fiona AngusAfter a varied career beginning her working life in the accounting department of the TSB Meadowside
Dundee then onto a radical change training and working as a dental hygienist within the Tayside Health
Board and various private practices to medical receptionist Fiona finally found her niche when she
commenced working here at Thrums Veterinary Group as the practice administrator in January 2011.
Fiona has a crazy border collie called Maisie who comes to work with her most days and can be seen
chasing shadows all over the office…..echoing the premise that ‘you don’t have to be crazy to work
here but it helps’!!

Lorna Neave

Lorna joined Thrums Vets in April 2001, having previously worked in the retail trade.Lorna Neave

She works part time, often helping out at the puppy parties. In her spare time she enjoys spending time
with her family usually as a taxi driver for them all, also looking after her cat Lucy and walking her daft black
labrador Molly.

Sarah Smith

Sarah has been a receptionist with Thrums since October 2008.  If she is not behind the reception desk Sarah Smith
or on the phone, you’ll likely find her making a round of cuppy’s for the team.

Out with work, she occasionally helps on her husband’s family farm and enjoys taking her Border
Collie Jill, for walks around the local countryside.   Sarah is also a keen baker / cake decorator and
will usually trial out new bakes on the resident tasters within the practice.

Louise Dunn

Louise is originally from Wales (sorry about the rugby!) but she has lived in Scotland now for seven years. Louise Dunn
You’ll often find her dog Cassie behind the reception desk when she is at work.

Louise and Cassie recently achieved their gold Kennel club good citizen award. She enjoys the outdoor life
and will often be found walking with Cassie or horse riding around the local countryside.

Fiona Keay

Fiona KeayFiona joined Thrums as a receptionist in October 2012 covering both our Kirriemuir and Forfar 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.

Ashley Wilkie

Ash WilkieAshley has 2 dogs, Ellie – a German Short haired Pointer and Trevor – a Retriever. Pictured with her is Bertie, her much loved ex horse.

Out with work, Ashley is a busy mummy to her little girl Caitlin and along with husband Liam enjoys running, socialising and following Scottish Rugby.

Sarah Durose

Sarah qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2004. After working in various mixed and small animal practicesSarah Durose
in England she joined the Thrums team in 2009. She gained the Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care in 2015.

**Sarah has begun training in Bovine embryo transfer, alongside vet Graeme**

She enjoys all aspects of nursing but her main interest lies in Emergency and critical care and anaesthesia.

Sharon Burrows

Sharon has worked at Thrums since 2008 after gaining her HND in Animal Care and Sharron Burrows
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.

Janet Smith

Janet joined the practice in 2001 having spent the previous twenty years working as aJanet Smith
nurse in the NHS.

She has a Hungarian Wirehaired Vizla called Lexi and Puppy Walks for the GDBA. The
rest of her spare time is taken up with her Highland Ponies which she breeds and show.

Christine Croal

Christine qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2013, having spent the time required on practical Christine Croal
work placement in our surgery in Blairgowrie.

Most of Christine’s spare time is taken up by looking after her pedigree Suffolk’s which keep her
busy over Christmas and New Year when they start to lamb.

Colin Barr (Director)

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

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Ed Hill

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 and joined the team at Thrums in August 2016.Alistair Smith
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 east. During his time at vet
school Ali spent time working on a cattle station in Queensland, Australia and working at
The American Fondouk charity equine clinic in Morocco.

Outside of work Ali enjoys anything outdoors and plays rugby at Strathmore RFC in Forfar.

Claire Jackson

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