Midlothian vet school’s award hopes

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ALL three finalists in the upcoming Vet of the Year competition have connections with Midlothian’s University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

The school, which has its main campus at Easter Bush and another at Langhill Farm near Roslin, has two former students and a former lecturer gunning for the fifth annual Petplan Equine Vet of the Year Award.

The winner will be announced at London’s Lancaster Hotel on November 1.

Jess Hill of Woodlands Veterinary Clinic in Cheltenham, qualified at the vet school in 2003, and has been described in one nomination as “always cheerful and a pleasure to be with.”

Keith Chandler is a senior partner at Kessock Equine Vets in Inverness. The former lecturer at the Midlothian-based vet school praised his staff for the nomination.

He said: “This nomination reflects the exceptional team I have around me - together we strive to offer continuity, consistency and a minimum level of care to all our clients irrespective of which vet is in attendance.”

The remaining finalist is Lee Paul, a specialist in stud medicine, who is described as “highly dedicated”. He qualified at Edinburgh University’s Royal Dick Veterinary School in 20002 and now works for Bushy Equine in Wales.