The practice is able to offer a wealth of experience in all aspects of Farm animal medicine and surgery.

Whilst we spend a large amount of our time responding to calls to sick animals or problems surrounding calving and lambings we like to take a pro-active approach in terms of herd medicine and disease prevention.

The end of July saw the end of an era at Thrums Vet Group as Ian Gill retired from the practice after 36 years.

When Ian first started, straight from vet school, he joined what was then Baillie and Mollison working out of 1 Morrison Street and living above the ‘shop’. In those days the work was largely farm animal, much of which was Brucella and TB testing for DEFRA. Ian soon developed a keen interest in sheep, becoming the practice and indeed a national expert in this area. He is one of the few vets in Scotland to hold a certificate in Sheep Health and Production and rose to become president of the Sheep Veterinary Society. Ian never tired of attending the annual Sheep Vet Conference, even if he was obliged to travel to South Africa, New Zealand or anywhere else with a vineyard for that matter!

For a while Ian was also involved with the Meat Hygiene side of the practice where his ability to do a full day’s work without dirtying his overalls proved very useful. More recently he has continued to concentrate on the farm animal and game bird work again and has patiently mentored new vets as they join the practice. His uncomplaining willingness to help out will certainly be missed. Whether on call or not he was never too busy if a problem arose which has done much to aid the smooth running of the practice over the years. His unflappable nature has calmed many a situation.

We expect that, although retiring, Ian will continue to have some involvement in the sheep side of the practice, he is already planning sheep orientated meetings for later on this year and it is good to know that we can tap in on his experience if we need to. We are sure you will all, like us, wish Ian and Audrey a long and happy retirement together. Ian will no doubt enjoy having time to spend with his family and pursue his interests in travel, golf and no doubt, sheep!

We are one of only 5 practices in the whole of Scotland invited to join XLVets, a unique national organisation which aims to promote best practice amongst likeminded veterinary practices. It is an invitation only organisation as not all practices are the same or have the right philosophy. It enables us to keep our costs down and these savings are passed onto to the client. It also allows us to easily tap into some of the most advanced expertise in the country to help make your farm as efficient as possible.

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