Meet our Nurses & Support Staff

Veterinary Nurses

Sam Wood,

Head Veterinary Nurse (Maternity Leave)

Sam is our Head Nurse at Robson Vets and is responsible for the nursing team. Sam joined the practice permanently in December 2013 after working part-time for a short period with us. Previous to joning our team, Sam worked for 2 years in practice in Bristol followed by 18 months in a specialist orthopaedic/neurology referral centre.


Sam enjoys travelling and loved working as a veterinary nurse in both Australia and India. She is the proud owner of a beautiful labrador  called Teddy who is a brilliant distraction from the hard work she is putting into her Emergency and Critical Care (ECC) nursing certificate.

Jo Kerr,

Acting Head Veterinary Nurse


Jo is our longest serving nurse, who has been at the practice since starting her training in 1995. She has been responsible for training many of the students who have qualified through Robson Vets Ltd and has seen many a change in her time with the company, including a location move!


Jo currently works three days a week and is covering for Sam during her maternity leave. Jo was formerly in this role but stepped down to concentrate on her young children. In her spare time Jo is studying for a Diploma in Animal Physiotherapy and enjoys riding her horse, running and raising money for multiple charities.

Nicole Philip,

Student Veterinary Nurse

Nicole always wanted to work with animals & started her first job in a veterinary practice in Aberdeen in 2010. She then realised she wanted to be a Veterinary Nurse and is currently working hard to achieve this. During her spare time she enjoys looking after her small menagerie of dogs, cats, horses, rabbits and a Pygmy Hedgehog! When working and pets don't take up her time she enjoy reading, horse riding or simply relaxing and watching a movie!

Barrie Scott,

Veterinary Care Assistant

Barrie joined the veterinary nursing staff at Robson Vets Ltd in March 2006, after previously attending Angus College in Arbroath where he gained NC, HNC and HND qualifications in Animal Care. Barrie has experience working at a variety of veterinary practices, as well as with the Guide Dogs for the Blind in Forfar.


In his spare time, Barrie enjoys looking after his Lhasa Apso dog, Cody and spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoys listening to music, going to the cinema, concerts, comedy shows and walking his dog.

Support Staff

Dorothy Fleming, Accounts Administrator

Dorothy joined us at Robson Vets Ltd as Accounts Administrator in April 2006 having previously worked for the Clydesdale Bank for over 20 years. 

In her spare time Dot enjoys walking her dog, spending time with her family and socialising with friends. 

Married to Tam, Dot has two daughters – Clare and Tracy – and a playful golden Labrador called Barley.

Yvonne Shand, Office Manager (Laurencekirk) 

Yvonne spent 22 years working in the Civil Service before joining Robson Vets in May 2012. Yvonne and her husband Ian have 2 daughters – Amy and Abbie. In her spare time Yvonne enjoys holidays abroad,  learning to play golf and walking Bailey and Storm her two gorgeous orange roan cocker spaniels 

Mariel Irvine, Receptionist (Laurencekirk) 

Mariel joined the team at Robson Vets Ltd as a receptionist in May 2011. She is based at the Hospital in Laurencekirk.

Outside of work she enjoys cycling, spending time outdoors and with her two boys Ryan & Alfie and little daughter Faye, as well as socialising with friends.

Diane Hogg, Receptionist (Laurencekirk)

Diane joined the team at Robson Vets in December 2013. She is married with 2 children and an amazing little grandson, Hamish. Diane has previously worked at Clydesdale Bank and Alexander Adamsons as an administrator before taking on the new challenges working here brings! In her time off, Diane enjoys walking her 11 year old Springer Spaniel, Tasha, gardening and reading.

Linda Scales, Receptionist (Laurencekirk)

Linda joined us at Robson Vets in June 2013. She is married with a grown-up son and daughter, and two gorgeous grandchildren who are the light of her life!

Linda previously worked as a manager for 17 years before joining our reception team, and although she doesn't currently have any pets she has been very tempted by meeting and greeting all the puppies and kittens that visit the surgery!

Outside work Linda enjoys reading and completing crosswords as well as socialising with her family and friends.  

Denese McKenzie, Receptionist (Laurencekirk)

Before joining the reception team at Laurencekirk Denese worked at Journeycall for 7 months but previous to this she worked within the oil industry in Aberdeen for 7 years.  
During her spare time Denese plays the tenor drum in a pipeband, enjoys spending time with family and friends and just chilling!

Lindsey King, Receptionist (Laurencekirk)


Before joining the Robson Veterinary team in July 2016 Lindsey worked in administration within the oil industry.
She is based at our Laurencekirk Hospital but also covers Portlethen when Mary is on holiday. 

When she is not at work - all her free time is spent looking after her two horses and walking her labrador and terrier.


Heather Duncan, Receptionist (Inverbervie)

Heather joined Robson Vets Ltd in 2010 as receptionist at the Inverbervie surgery. She previously worked in the retail industry.

Heather has recently learned how to crochet and in her spare time enjoys reading and walking. 

Married to Brian, she has a grown-up son and daughter, as well as two cats Milly and Ollie.

Mary Taylor, Receptionist (Portlethen)

Mary joined us at Robson Vets Ltd in October 2007 and is based in our Portlethen branch. 

Before working with us Mary spent 6 years working as a receptionist at the Millburn Cottage Veterinary Practice. 

During her spare time Mary enjoys walking, listening to music and eating out. She also loves spending time with her grandchildren.

Mary has three grown up sons and three grandchildren, as well as her Dandie Dinmonts called Rogie and Lulu and of course a partner called Ross.

Kirsty Fuller, Receptionist (Montrose)

Before joining the team at Robson Vets in September 2016  Kirsty worked as a receptionist within a Doctors' Surgery for 4 years.

She is based in Montrose where she lives. In her spare time she enjoys walking her two cocker spaniels Milly and Lucy and  spending time with her two daughters Kendal and Nylah.

Katrina Keith, Receptionist (Montrose)

Katrina joined the Montrose reception team in November 2016 following a years maternity leave. Previously, Katrina worked in the hospitality industry for 14 years including restaurants, hotels and training.
Katrina enjoys family time with her husband Wayne and little daughter Maisie. She also loves to go out and have coffee and cake regularly!


Lesley Cockayne, Relief Receptionist

Lesley joined us after relocating back to Scotland from 13 years in Spain. She is married to David with two grown-up children James and Francesca and two gorgeous grandchildren Isabella & Jack.

Lesley has previously worked in the marketing and advertising industry. 

Outside work, Lesley enjoys sport of all kinds and long walks with her dog Bailey who is a Beauceron.