Welcome to Easter Ross Vets!
Easter Ross Vets are regulated by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and accredited to the Practice Standards Scheme - so you can have confidence that we’re offering the very highest standard in care. To become accredited, we volunteered for rigorous assessment every four years and have met or exceeded a range of minimum standards including hygiene, 24-hour emergency cover, staff training, certain types of equipment and cost estimation procedures.
Our vets and nurses all have to be registered with the Royal College, who ensure they are trained and qualified to a high standard and that they keep their knowledge up to date with regular courses and conferences. We are also a Training Practice, meaning that we have been accredited to train student veterinary nurses, under the eagle eye of our experienced head nurse!
Because we all live as well as work in Easter Ross, we feel it’s really important that as well as professionals, we’re part of the local community. So, click below to meet the team!
Meet the Team
Paco Morera-Pallares, MRCVS - Practice Principal
Paco took over the practice with partner Abigail in November 2007. Since then, he has been working to ensure very high standards of care for our clients and their animals both large and small. Paco is an extremely caring and committed vet, who has a natural ability with animals and a enjoys building strong, trusting relationships with our clients. After graduating from Barcelona, Spain and a spell there in small animal practice, Paco moved to Fort William where he worked for seven years as a mixed vet.
Abigail Walker, BVM&S, MRCVS
Abigail first joined the practice in 2004 as a new graduate and stayed for two years. She immensely enjoyed the mix of work, the clients and the team here. Abigail then moved to join Paco in Fort William from where she worked as a locum vet, which was a great opportunity to gain experience in many different practices including in Skye, Aboyne and Stirling. Abigail and Paco made the decision to take over the running of the practice here in 2007 so that they could live and work together. Between looking after the children, Abigail currently does management work from home to ensure we keep our facilities up to date and respond to the needs of our clients by constantly improving our services. She enjoys being able to stay in close contact with the practice and keeping up to date with current trends and advances in veterinary medicine. In her spare time, Abigail enjoys family time, getting out for a good walk with Henry the dog, singing and playing piano.
Vet, from Northern Ireland
Qualification: Graduate from Glasgow Vet School BVM&S, MRCVS
Started at ERV: October 2011
Favourite part of job: Lucy enjoys being part of a friendly, rural community. Lucy clinically enjoys both large and small animal work but has a particular interest in flock and herd health planning and production.
Interests/hobbies: Out of work Lucy enjoys walking, jogging (slowly (her words!!) and socialising.
Pets: None, sadly, as she has no room in her flat.
Gail Cruft BVM&S, MRCVS
Gail is our dedicated 100% small animal vet and has been with Easter Ross Vets now for over 20 years. Gail has a huge amount of knowledge and experience, which combined with her approachable nature make her a highly valued member of the team. Gail works with us three days per week at the Invergordon Practice. After graduating from the Dick Vet School in Edinburgh, Gail worked at vets’ Practices in Fife and Kilmarnock before moving to Inverness in 1991 where Gail worked at Epona for seven years where she was often in sole charge of their Carsegate branch. Gail enjoys all areas of small animal practice and is a skilled surgeon. She has completed courses in acupuncture through the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists. Through the use of acupuncture, Gail is able to provide effective relief for pets who suffer from chronic pain and are no longer responding to medication, or can be used to reduce the need for pain killers. Outside of work, Gail is the fiddle player in several ceilidh bands, playing with partner Les, a piper, at venues across Scotland and as far afield as Lagos, Nigeria! Gail also enjoys walking with Cona the dog and has Orlando the cat.
Qualification: MRCVS, BSc, BVM&S
Started at ERV: July 2017
Favourite part of job: Meeting new people and working with a large variety of species of animal. Every day is different!
Interests/hobbies: Running and walking
Pets: Effie the adopted cat
Qualification: Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery
Started at ERV: January 2018
Favourite part of job: I have a particular interest in Farm animal work when it comes to clinical work, but the variety of work, animals and people you see on a daily basis is the main attraction to the job.
Interests/hobbies: My main hobby is playing rugby for the mighty Ross-Sutherland. I also enjoy hobby farming with pedigree Zwartbles with my wife Lindsay and our two boys.
Pets: I have a Border terrier, a Labrador and a Border Collie - they help kick me out of bed on weekends when the kids haven't already done so!
Qualification: RVN, 2004
Started at ERV: October 1997
Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing
Started at ERV: September 2012 as a student nurse and qualified in September 2016
Favourite part of job: Seeing patients recovering after illness or surgery and doing de-matts !!
Interests/hobbies: Dog walks and horse riding
Pets: 4 dogs (Tarran, Finn, Ginni and Tyvie), 2 cats (Rudy and Oliver) and a horse (Ronnie) and pony (Pip)
Qualification: RVN (qualified from North Highland College in Thurso)
Started at ERV: September 2013
Favourite part of job: Enjoy all parts of small animal nursing
Interests/hobbies: Walking my dogs and spending time with my family
Pets: Kai (Husky cross) and Bailey (German Shepherd)
Started at ERV: August 2011
Favourite part of job: Puppy cuddles and seeing puppies grow into lovely dogs
Interests/hobbies: Walking, horse riding, cycling
Pets: A collie called Tess, and two spoilt horses
Other: Have a farm so enjoy talking to farmers
Started at ERV: Tain Branch, 2001
Favourite part of job: Mandy likes meeting all the clients and their pets. She particularly enjoys listening to the owners tell us all the mischievous antics that their cheeky pets get up to!
Interests/hobbies: Mandy’s pass-times include horse-riding, dog walking, and spending time with her family and friends.
Pets: Mandy has many, many pets! Too many for an accurate count! She definitely has 4 horses and 10 dogs. Then there are the chickens, the goats, the sheep, the cows, etc, etc ….
Other: Mandy says that it is always good to chat to the farmers when they come into the Practice to keep up with the local news from within the farming community.
Sapphie Burry, Alness
Started at ERV: Spring 2003
Favourite part of job: Meeting people and their pets. Watching new bonds being formed between them.
Interests/hobbies: Walking, reading, photography, history.
Pets: Sir Harry a Jack Russell x Border Terrier and he is 3 yrs old and he is pretty awesome and also pretty nuts
Laura Sessions, Invergordon
Started at ERV: June 2018
Favourite part of job: Meeting all the new puppies and kittens, getting to know them and watching them as they develop and become such important family members
Interests/hobbies: Wildlife conservation, walking and eating cheesecake!!
Pets: Toby – a 14 year old Lab x Collie. Still as bouncy as a puppy and very stubborn.
Stella Reynolds, Invergordon
Started at ERV: December 2016
Pets: Stella does not have any pets of her own, but she is ‘Granny’ to a Shih Tzu called Bobby
Denise Easton, Invergordon
Started at ERV: August 2018
Favourite part of job: Cuddling puppies and kittens and meeting lots of clients with their animals on a daily basis
Interests/hobbies: Walking Jack and Buster, clothes shopping, reading and photography
Pets: Two liver and white Springer Spaniels – Jack and Buster
Other: Denise also enjoys meeting up with friends and socialising
Qualification: BA(Hons) Public Administration, NEBOSH Cert
Started at ERV: October 2017
Favourite part of job: Words, spreadsheets and procedures, but best of all occasionally getting to meet human clients and their animals.
Interests/hobbies: Dianne’s life revolves around her dogs, and the dog world as in her spare time she volunteers for a community project in the local area and helps run a Community Dog Park in Dingwall. Her other main passion in life is Formula 1 motor racing and she has attended 7 Grand Prix races.
Pets: 2 dogs: Susie Labradoodle, Nico Cross-breed Bosnian Rescue.
Qualification: BA(Hons), ACMA, ATT
Favourite part of job: Numbers!!
Interests/hobbies: Pam’s interests are spending time with her 7 year old son and running (sometimes both at the same time) !!
Pets: Jimmy the Hamster
OUR SUPPORTED CHARITY
At Easter Ross Vets we are supporting the Dogs For Good charity over the coming year. You will see information about the charity in each of our branches, and you can follow events, updates and see information about Dogs for Good on our Facebook Page and here on our Website.
DOGS FOR GOOD WEBSITE: www.dogsforgood.org