Midlothian vet Heather is the cat’s whiskers

Vet Heather Bacon with the dogs she has saved. Photo: Paul Chappells

Vet Heather Bacon with the dogs she has saved. Photo: Paul Chappells

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Midlothian-based vet Heather Bacon has been shortlisted for Vet of the Year in the Petplan Veterinary Awards 2016.

The awards, now in their 17th year, celebrate the nation’s most exceptional vets, vet nurses, practices, practice managers and vet support staff.

Heather (35), who works at Edinburgh University’s Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education at Easter Bush, has worked with animals for seven years, travelling all over the world.

Along with lecturing at the university, she regularly works with NGOs to deliver training and education of clinical skills. Her current role combines her love of improving veterinary practice abroad, with teaching the undergraduates.

Heather said: “I’m totally stunned! I’m delighted to be considered, and hope that that my unusual role might inspire vets from across the UK to consider other areas of veterinary practice outside the norm.”

Particularly impressive for the independent panel of judges was the diverse nature of her achievements, including having developed a welfare assessment tool for dogs and contributing to the World Association of Zoo and Aquaria’s Global animal welfare strategy; both projects which seek to lead to significant improvements for the animals she cares for.