These are some of the vet volunteers who support All4Paws.
Dr Andrew Gardiner
Hello! I'm Andrew, the Dick Vet staff lead for All4Paws. My first contact with homeless people and their animals was when two colleagues – one a vet, one a documentary film maker – produced a film called Sleeping Ruff: Edinburgh Street Dogs and their People (you can watch the short film here). Then, shortly after I joined the vet school staff in 2008, I began visiting Edinburgh hostels and for six years ran fortnightly vet clinics at Dunedin Harbour (Leith), using funding from the generous bequest of an Edinburgh lady called Vida Howie. A farm animal vet colleague, Amy Jennings, visited another hostel in central Edinburgh. Students often came with us during these visits but many more were interested than could be accommodated. So in 2015 I began working with two fourth-year vet students, Calla Harris and Biana Tamimi, to develop the All4Paws clinics. The newly launched All4Paws quickly became a true student-led initiative. The service has expanded considerably since its humble beginnings in Leith and is now managed by a very active self-renewing student committee supported by our wonderful volunteer vets and nurses.
Dr Tim Nuttal
I graduated from the University of Bristol in 1992, then did my specialist clinical training and a PhD in dermatology at the University of Edinburgh before joining the University of Liverpool Vet School in 2001. I returned to the Dick Vet as Head of Dermatology in 2013.
I have written over 100 clinical and scientific publications, presented over 150 lectures throughout the world, served on numerous scientific and clinical committees, and am on the editorial board of Veterinary Dermatology. I also work with the International Committee on Allergic Diseases in Animals, the Scottish Veterinary Antimicrobial Prescribing Group, the Bella Moss Foundation, Wag & Company North East Friendship Dogs, and All4PPaws. In 2014 I received the British Small Animal Veterinary Association Woodrow Award for outstanding services to veterinary practice.
In my spare time, I enjoy the Scottish mountains (completing the Munros in 2018), cycling, and spending time with my cats Torrin and Eva.
Dr Gurå Bergvist
Originally from Norway, I graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at The University of Edinburgh in 2003, during which time I also did an intercalated honours degree. After four years in mixed and small animal practice in Scotland I returned to the R(D)SVS to do a PhD in molecular oncology. I am currently Director of Admissions and a senior lecturer at the R(D)SVS in veterinary anatomy. My research interests are centred on osteoclasts, the bone and tooth resorbing cells in the body, but it is all related to two common veterinary clinical problems: dental disease and cancers that cause invasion into the bone. At home I live with my elderly Border Collie Fram, and my husband Steven. I enjoy running in the Pentlands, yoga, and observing wildlife; anything from a wee butterfly to enormous creatures like a whale – I find it all equally fascinating.
I qualified from the Dick Vet College in 1976 and my first job was in Somerset where I worked in a practice doing farm animals, horses and dogs and cats before joining the farm animal and horse practice at the Dick Vet for 2 years. In 1982 I set up my own practice in Loanhead, Midlothian covering all animals large and small until I retired in 2014. I now live in the country on a small holding where I spend a lot of my time looking after my cows, horses and a few chickens plus walking my two dogs(both Staffies). I still do a Saturday morning surgery in Two Rivers vet practice in Biggar and am a board member for the Dog Aid Society Scotland through which I started helping at All4Paws last year. I have really enjoyed being involved with All4Paws where I like to think I am of some help to the dogs and their homeless owners as well as to the vet students who give up so much of their time when they have so many other things to be doing with studies and exams etc.
My other “hobbies” are gardening and watching sport, especially horse racing and rugby.
Dr Amy Jennings
I work at the University of Edinburgh Vet School. Although I spend most of my time on farm animal work these days, I have worked in mixed practice and enjoy the opportunity that All4Paws offers to work with pets again.