Alistair qualified from Edinburgh in 1998 and worked in mixed practice before joining Parkside in 2002. He is one of the Directors here at Parkside and is one of four vets in the Parkside Equine team. Alistair is particularly interested in the Large Animal side of the practice but also enjoys operating and consulting in the surgery. A son of a farmer, he was brought up in Cumbria and has always had horses as well as cattle and sheep.
Alistair enjoys investigating animal health problems, herd/flock health planning and dental work and surgery in all species. He has a special interest in Equine reproduction, AI, general equine medicine and Vettings. He is a member of the Tayside branch of the Scottish Endurance Riding Club, attending endurance rides and one-day events in an official veterinary capacity and he is now a qualified FEI Permitted Treating Veterinarian for these and similar events. He also undertakes Licensing Inspections for pet shops and breeding kennels, at the request of local authorities.
He also has a keen interest in camelids (alpacas and llamas) and is a member of the British Camelid Veterinary Society.
Alistair and his wife have 2 daughters who keep Alistair busy when he is not curling with Pitkerro Curling club, enjoying being a social member of Panmure RFC or growing and showing vegetables and flowers. He is rapidly expanding his family's animals. His daughters already have a pony each (one of them is pictured above with Alistair) and they have a family Border Terrier. To that they have added two cats (rescued via the SSPCA), twelve sheep (who have 20+ lambs every year), two pigs and six hens, who keep him supplied in eggs. These have been joined by 2 Alpacas and you can see the newest arrival on the right.
She was born at 10.30 in the morning, 364 days after being mated (normal is 345 +/- 14 days). She gave birth standing up and the little one was on its feet within 30 mins and wandering around looking at the Pygmy goats, hens, Guinean fowl, lambs and ewes. The alpacas are in a separate field to the sheep but the goats and hens don't respect my dry stone dykes so pop in and out to see the new arrival.
A baby Alapaca is called a Cria, like all other camelids, after the Spanish name for a baby. Alistair has two females and is one of only a few vets in Scotland who has a special interest in Camelids in general.