ROSS Allan, a partner in The Pets‘n’Vets Family, a network of seven veterinary surgeries in and around Glasgow, is set to become an Advanced Practitioner – the first known first opinion veterinary surgeon in West Central Scotland to achieve such status – following his award (with Distinction) of a BSAVA Postgraduate Certificate in Small Animal Surgery.
And he has been invited to become a mentor to provide encouragement and support for the next cohort of vets enrolling in the three year postgraduate programme.
Commenting on his qualification, Allan said: “We aim as Veterinary Surgeons to provide pet owners with the very best care for their pets locally and at a sensible cost. This qualification makes a new level of service available to owners in and around Glasgow.
“This certificate is all about improving the already excellent level of treatment we provide to the animals in our care and service to our clients whilst developing our staff members through direct access to advanced training in medical and surgical techniques.”
Pets‘n’Vets employs a number of highly qualified veterinary nurses who will now benefit from working within a practice that is able to carry out some of the most advanced techniques in veterinary soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery, in doing so the nurses will be able to realise the potential of their own skills and training.
“Veterinary nurses in training require to gain experience in animal orthopaedic surgery and few vet practices in and around Glasgow are able to offer training in this area. This qualification means that we can not only continue to do so, but are now at a recognised advanced level,” said Allan.
Allan’s clinically-based qualification, run by the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) in association with Nottingham Trent University, is the culmination of three years’ dedication. As part of that process, the Pollokshaws-based surgeon had an academic paper on an innovative feline-knee surgical technique, a world first, published in the top journal for small animal practice, referred to by veterinary practitioners worldwide.