Veterinary Surgeons


Our vets have over 50 years of experience between them in veterinary medicine and surgery, and are constantly attending courses and training to keep up to date with the latest advances in veterinary care.


Dr Laura Hamilton BVM&S PgC SAC MRCVS

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I graduated from the University of Edinburgh RDSVS in 2010.  I worked in mixed practice for 7 years before deciding to focus solely on small animal practice. In 2016 I gained the General Practitioner Certificate in Small Animal Cardiology and in 2018 gained the Postgraduate Certificate in Small Animal Cardiology. I also enjoy breeding work, performing surgery and learning new and updated techniques.

I own 2 french bulldogs Minnie and Fliss (you may occasionally meet them in reception!) and have a keen interest in working with both breeders and pet owners to improve brachycephalic breed health including health testing and BOAS testing.

I started here as senior veterinary surgeon at Animals 1st Vets in July 2017 and I am really enjoying the new challenges and being part of this team. I work mainly at our Macmerry branch.

In my spare time I enjoy seeing friends, reading, walking my dogs and have recently been attempting running!


Dr. Jen Campbell BVMS MRCVS

Since graduating from the University of Glasgow Veterinary School I have worked in small animal practices in Leicester, Edinburgh, Oldham and East Lothian where I gained a wide range of experience in general practice dealing with both medical cases and routine surgery as well as preventative medicine. I also set up and ran the neutering unit at Manchester Dog’s Home. A few years ago I had a short break from clinical practice and  spent this time working in IT/Administration in the NHS and also running a mobile Pet Grooming business.

My family has several animal members. The dogs are Frodo who is a comical Miniature Schnauzer and Coire who is an intense but friendly Border Collie. The cats, Pixie and Belle, are mum and daughter. They enjoy a chilled existence, in between hunting trips, but they are about to be joined by Murray a tabby kitten so their peace is about to be shattered.

Since moving to the countryside quite recently, we have been joined by five ex-battery hens called Pearl, Muriel, Annie, Jean and Flo. They are having great fun adjusting to their new lifestyle and are being generous with their egg production.

In my spare time I enjoy walking, both coastal and hill walking, reading, yoga and spending time with family and friends.

I am now delighted to be at Animals 1st and look forward to getting to know a new set of patients and their owners.


Dr Fiona Ross BVM&S MRCVS

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I graduated from the royal(dick) veterinary school in Edinburgh back in 2011. I then went on to work in a busy mixed practice on the west coast for a year before moving to the borders to work as a mixed vet for five years. I started here at animals 1st in July 2017.

Having grown up in Haddington it is great to be back in the area and getting to know some of the clients. My veterinary interests lie with surgery,dentistry and breeding.

I live with my husband and son in the borders where I keep my hand in with large animal work on his beef and sheep farm! Along with the farm animals and working collies, we have a couple (5!) labradors which you may sometimes see lying behind reception! In my spare time-if that happens, I like walking the dogs,meeting up with friends, helping out on the farm and trying to bake!









Dr Rhiannon Dearie BVM&S MRCVS

Rhiannon graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2017 and began working in mixed practice in Cumbria for 3 months. Being a local from Dunbar, she decided to move home and joined us in March 2018.  Rhiannon has 3 cats and a Lhasa Apso called Dylan.  Rhiannon enjoys all aspects of small animal practice but especially enjoys surgery.  In her spare time she likes skiing, running, cycling and baking treats for the rest of the staff!