Gillian joined the Board of Directors in June 2016. Initial training as a Veterinary Nurse at Edinburgh University and graduation from Berkshire College was followed by a Head VN position in Middlesex. Subsequent roles included Key Account Manager, Lecturer, Internal Verifier and Locum RVN. As Centre Manager for the College of Animal Welfare in 2000, Gillian was Deputy Programme Leader in the setting up of Scotland’s first honours degree in Veterinary Nursing between CAW, Napier and Edinburgh Universities.
Ayrton Veterinary Hospital, near Edinburgh, opened from a cold start in 1999 with Gillian as co-owner and Business Manager. The practice developed to a purpose-built RCVS accredited Veterinary Hospital in 2006; Gillian was part of the design team for the Hospital and co-project managed the yearlong build. In Dec 2017 Gillian led the sale of Ayrton to Independent Vetcare Ltd and she stayed with the practice as Business Director until January 2021.
She has interests in clinical workflow, leadership and practice standards – creating, implementing and maintaining protocols and working processes – believing that structure and standardisation in practice can help a business achieve quality assurance and professional confidence. She obtained the European School of Veterinary Post Graduate Studies (ESVPS) Certificate in Business & Professional Skills (Cert B&PS) in 2011.