Malcolm Leitch BVM&S MRCVS

Clinical Director

Malcolm qualified here in Edinburgh at the Dick Vet in 1996 and worked for 12 years in a predominantly small animal practice in Dingwall, where he gained a broad range of experience. He came to Oak Tree in 2008 and has been here ever since. He particularly enjoys the challenge of skin problems but also the variety that general practice provides. In his spare time he enjoys walking, cooking and avoiding doing the dishes afterwards!

Gemma Stewart RVN

Practice Manager & Head Nurse

Gemma joined us in 2001 as a student vet nurse. She completed her training at Oak Tree and Telford college and gained her qualification in 2003. In 2010, Gemma left us briefly for 18 months to work in a referral hospital in Newcastle, furthering her knowledge in a wide variety of surgeries and rejoined Oak Tree in 2011 to become our head nurse.

Gemma enjoys all aspects of her job but particularly enjoys radiography and hydrotherapy.

She is also qualified as a Clinical Coach, which enables her to provide the in-house training for our student veterinary nurses.

In her spare time Gemma enjoys socialising with friends, going out for dinner (Gemma loves all food!) and attending concerts.

Andrew Soutar BVM&S MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Andrew graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies here in his home city of Edinburgh in 2013. After graduation he travelled south to work in a small animal clinic in Suffolk for nearly 3 years, gaining valuable experience in general practice. On his return to Scotland he spent a brief period working as a locum vet before joining the Oak Tree team in January 2017. He has a particular interest in eye conditions and the long term management of chronic illnesses, alongside the day to day challenges that appear in general practice. Pictured are his two dogs – Mindy the lurcher who was adopted from the Dogs Trust while in England, who spends most of her time trying to eat anything in her reach (usually something toxic like chocolate!) and Kipper the springer spaniel who will hopefully become an agility champion in the hands of his partner Bethany.

Jen Monteith BVM&S MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Jen qualified from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2010. Since then Jen has worked in mixed practice for eight years in both Aberdeen and Fife, where she had the true James Herriot experience treating all creatures from hamsters to heifers!   Jen joined the Oak Tree family in October 2018 and has proven to be very popular amongst clients and pets alike. When she's not at work, Jen loves nothing more that exploring outdoors with her spaniel Eva, seen with her in the picture. Jen also volunteers with StreetVet in Glasgow City, an outreach programme helping pets belonging to the homeless. She's fiercely supportive of her national rugby team and is partial to holidays in the snow where she can ski to her heart's content!  

Elspeth Whyte

Senior Receptionist

Elspeth joined us in 2004 as our receptionist, having worked previously as a veterinary receptionist for seven years. Elspeth has completed her veterinary terminology course with Edinburgh’s Telford College and several other veterinary product courses increasing her veterinary knowledge. Elspeth deals with all our clients’ accounts and insurance claims and is always happy to assist in any query you may have relating to these.

When not at work or play she enjoys nothing better than relaxing with her five beautiful cats and is also a volunteer keeper at the Five Sisters Zoo in West Lothian.

Katherine Forsyth


Katherine joined us in 2015.  She came from a very different background having been a professional florist for 12 years.  Katherine knew most of the team already having been a client with her cat Rebus for several years. Katherine is continually increasing her veterinary knowledge.  She has completed her veterinary terminology course with Edinburgh College and is now studying for a qualification with the College of Animal Welfare. Katherine lives with her husband Nick.  She has a keen interest in baking, sewing and embroidery and helped to create the Great Tapestry of Scotland.

Rachel Graham Chartered Physiotherapist specialising in Veterinary Physiotherapy (MCS VET PHYS MCSP HCPC RAMP ACPAT CAT A)

Veterinary Physiotherapist

Rachel qualified from Robert Gordon University with BSc (HONs) Physiotherapy and has worked in a range of NHS and private settings as a human physiotherapist. She has since progressed to become an APCAT and RAMP registered Veterinary Physiotherapist, completing a post graduate master’s degree in veterinary Physiotherapy at Hartpury University. She joined Oak Tree in 2019 and now works with us two days a week running our physiotherapy centre which includes hydro and laser therapy. In her spare time Rachel competes to a National level in Side Saddle with her horse Tango. They have been competing for several years together and as a result Rachel has a keen interest in the training and rehabilitation of side saddle horses. She can also be found spending time walking and training her two dogs Aria and Oddball (featured in the photo)

Gillian Robson RVN

Veterinary Nurse

Gillian gained her qualification in Veterinary Nursing in 1996 and has worked in practices in Fife before joining us in 2010. She has a keen interest in nursing clinics and hydrotherapy. Gillian lives with her husband Scot and their Border Terrier, Tilly who is also a registered Therapet. In her spare time she enjoys going to the cinema, live music and supporting the national rugby team at Murrayfield.

Gill Smith RVN

Veterinary Nurse

After training at Oak Tree since 2013, Gill qualified and started full time at Oak Tree in 2016.
Gill enjoy all aspects of her job with a keen interest in physiotherapy after having 3 knee operations herself! She enjoys working with the animals in our hydrotherapy centre and seeing them progress during their rehabilitation.
When she's not at work, Gill enjoys the cinema, walking with friends and watching Scotland play rugby.
Although she does not have any pets herself (..yet!) she is known to look after many of the Oak tree family dogs for the holidays, where she spoils them with endless walkies and cuddles!

India Le Riche RVN

Veterinary Nurse

India began her studies as a Student Veterinary Nurse in 2017 at SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College), studying both in Glasgow Vet School and at Oak Tree. In the spring of 2021, she passed her final exams and is now a full-time member of the Oak Tree family. India loves all aspects of her job and she now runs our social media presence including our popular Facebook page. When she’s not at work, India enjoys being outdoors, paddle boarding and travelling.

Michelle Black RVN

Veterinary Nurse

Michelle Joined Oak Tree in Jan 2008. She trained through practice, with Barony College and The College of Animal Welfare and qualified in September 2006.
She is also qualified as a Clinical Coach, which enables her to provide the in-house training for our student veterinary nurses.
She has a border terrier called Milly (pictured) & welcomed her first baby in May 2017.
In her spare time she enjoys baking, socialising with friends and spending time with her family.

Robyn Atkin RVN

Veterinary Nurse

Robyn first came to Oak Tree for work experience in 2010. Having enjoyed her experience, returned in 2011 as a student veterinary nurse studying at Edinburgh College. She passed her exams and qualified in February 2015 and joined the team as a member of full time staff. Pictured with her is Harvey, her Westie/cocker spaniel cross. Robyn also has two gerbils, Cindy-lou and Martha May. When she's not in work Robyn she enjoys meeting up and socialising with friends and long walks with Harvey.

Margherita Pappalardo

Student Veterinary Nurse

Margherita joined Oak Tree in Summer 2018 on the SRUC vet nursing course.  She now joins us full time to complete her final year of studies and has become a welcomed addition to the vet nursing team. Originally from Italy, Margherita moved to Scotland three years ago to begin her studies as a vet nurse and although she loves Scotland, she does miss the warmer Italian climate and her mums cooking. Margherita enjoys all aspects of Vet Nursing and is currently working very hard to finish her training and studying for her final exams.