Meet the team

  • James Thorntonsmith

    Clinical Director

    BVM&S PgDip(Conservation Medicine) GPCert(SAC) MRCVS

    James joined Abercorn in 2014 and enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and surgery but has a particular interest in ultrasonography. In 2021 he completed a general practitioner certificate in small animal cardiology, and is currently studying towards a postgraduate certificate in the same discipline. He also holds a postgraduate diploma in conservation medicine.


    With his rapidly expanding family, James no longer has much ‘spare’ time but enjoys going out for runs with one of this two dogs (they take it in turns) and can occasionally be persuaded by Victor to play a round of golf (although not since the twins arrived!).

  • Laura Fraser

    Veterinary Surgeon


    After three years working in mixed practice Laura decided to specialise in small animals due to her love of treating cats and dogs. 

    She joined Abercorn in 2008, and enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine! She lives in Edinburgh with her husband and her much loved cat Fudge.

  • Duncan Giles

    Veterinary Surgeon


    Duncan graduated from Edinburgh vet school in 2006 and went on to work in a mixed practice in Fife for six years, while also working with wildlife patients from seals to buzzards with the SSPCA. 

    Since, he has worked exclusively in small animal practices and joined the team in 2015. He also works as the Scotland area manager for Christians Against Poverty.

  • Christine Franks

    Veterinary Surgeon


    Christine graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2017 and worked for a period down south in a small animal practice, before relocating back to Edinburgh to join the team in 2019. 

    She enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine and in her spare time is a keen runner.

  • Iona Yampo

    Veterinary Surgeon

  • Suzie Baker

    Veterinary Surgeon


    Suzie graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh in 2007. She spent two years working in a large animal practice in Cumbria, before returning to Edinburgh to focus more on companion animals, joining Abercorn in 2014. 

    She juggles her work with being a full time mum and any spare moment is spent riding her two horses.

  • Caitlin Loretto

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVM&S BVSc (Zoology) MRCVS

    Caitlin joined Abercorn in August 2021, shortly after graduating from the University of Edinburgh where she also intercalated in Zoology during her vet degree. She has enjoyed settling into life at Abercorn and getting to grips with all aspects of first opinion veterinary medicine, with a particular interest in surgery. In her spare time, she plays for a local shinty team and enjoys Highland dancing as well as trying new places to eat!

  • Rachel Sibbald

    Joint Head Nurse

    RVN C&G CertVNES NCert(Anaesthesia) GradCert AVN(Anaesthesia)

    Rachel completed the certificate in nursing of exotic species in 2016 and since then has been our rabbit advocate at the practice helping us maintain the RWAF Silver rabbit friendly status.  Since then, she has completed the NCert in anaesthesia and the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Nursing of Anaesthesia. In 2021, Rachel was named Burgess Rabbit Nurse of the year and she is currently studying towards a Masters in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia.

  • Kimie Kwong

    Veterinary Nurse

  • Shauna Malone

    Veterinary Nurse


    Shauna started at Abercorn in 2019, carrying out all her student veterinary nurse training at the practice. She recently passed her final exams and now a registered veterinary nurse. She is from the West of Ireland and has a previous degree in Zoology with Animal Behaviour. 

  • Louise Rodgers

    Veterinary Nurse


    Louise qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 1986. Since then she has worked all over the country including as a scientific editor of veterinary journals, a senior nurse at The Dog and Cat Home, Battersea, deputy head nurse at a veterinary hospital in Windsor and as head nurse of a large mixed practice in the north of Scotland. 

    Louise holds a Bachelor of Music degree with first class honours and a post graduate Masters in Ritual Chant and Song. Her interests include stand-up comedy, storytelling and music journalism.

  • Gayle Madden

    Practice Manager

    Gayle joined the team in 2021, having previously worked in hospitality, where she got plenty of practice working with customers – only now she gets to meet their furry friends! 

    She has two cats at home who keep her busy, Frank and Nancy. When she isn’t spoiling them she likes to spend her time baking lots of goodies.

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    Kayleigh Robertson

    Reception Manager

    Kayleigh joined the team in 2020, having previously worked on reception at a practice elsewhere. She loves her role and is hoping to further her career in the industry. 

    At home, she is owned by a very spoiled cat called Shylow and a Staffie-Rottweiler cross called Buster.

  • Janice Clark


    Janice moved to East Lothian and joined Abercorn in 2017, after spending far too long living and working in London.She enjoys getting to know all of our clients and their pets. 

    Her passion is dog training and for much of the summer she can be found camping in a field at agility shows with her two rescue dogs, Bert and Loke.

  • Marion Smith


    Marion started at Abercorn in 2017, after retiring from nursing with almost 30 years of service in the NHS. 

    She has a cockapoo called Laddie, Maisie and Morag the cats and a fish called Fish!

  • Sarah Welch


    Sarah joined the team in 2021, after working as a client care advisor at a practice in Cheltenham as well as in Edinburgh. She has a degree in creative writing from Bath Spa University. 

    Outside work she enjoys reading, watching football and playing with her guinea pigs.

  • Tara Thomas


    Tara has worked as a veterinary receptionist since 2018, and joined Abercorn in 2021. At home she has two sons as well as Nyka the Siberian husky, and two adorable little cars, Lillie and Old Mo. 

    In her spare time she enjoys exploring the beautiful countryside with Nyka, interior design and Clubbercise.