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Meet The Team

Veterinary Surgeons

Jim Nicolson Jim Nicolson Jim Nicolson B.V.M.S, Cert SHP, M.R.C.V.S – Veterinary Surgeon / Director

Jim qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon from Edinburgh University in 1983 and gained an additional qualification in Sheep Health and Production in 2007. He moved back to Shetland to set up practice in 1985 with his wife Juliet. Jim’s areas of interest are working with horses, sheep health and small animal orthopaedics. Jim enjoys growing trees in his spare time, as well as cycling and hill walking.

Juliet Juliet Juliet Nicolson B.V.M.S, M.R.C.V.S – Veterinary Surgeon / Director

Juliet qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon from Edinburgh University in 1982 and worked in Aberdeenshire for 2 years, before moving to Shetland and setting up Shetland Vets with her husband Jim in 1985. Juliet’s area of expertise is small animal medicine and she is especially interested in dermatology & ultrasonography. In her spare time, Juliet enjoys outdoor activities such as walking, skiing and gardening.

Colin Colin Colin Jamieson B.V.M.S, M.R.C.V.S – Veterinary Surgeon

Colin is originally from Unst and qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in 1991. After working in England for several years, he moved back to Shetland to join the practice in 2002. His areas of expertise are small animal surgery and cattle health and production. Colin’s interests include travel and listening to a wide range of music.

Jim Jim Jim Tait B.V.M.S, M.R.C.V.S - Veterinary Surgeon

Jim has worked in Shetland for many years. He enjoys working as a mixed practice vet so his work combines visiting farms and consulting at the surgery. At home Jim has a selection of pets of all kinds.  On his days off he can be found off shore in his kayak, and he also competes in kayak competitions on the mainland.

Toni Locke B.C.s ( Hons), Bvet Med - M.R.C.V.S

Toni Toni Toni graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London 2 years ago, and has been working in a very busy Mixed Practice in Wales. She also went to New Caledonia in the South Pacific to help with a charity project to neuter a large number of stray dogs & cats. 
Toni joined us March 2016 and we're very happy to welcome her to the Practice.


David David David Sutherland  B.V.M&S, M.Sc, M.R.C.V.S – Aquaculture Vet

David qualified as a vet in 1984 and completed an MSc in Aquatic Veterinary Studies in 1991. He has worked for Shetland Vets since 2000 and enjoys all areas of his work with the aquaculture industry in Shetland, especially visiting hatcheries. In his spare time, David is a keen hill-walker and enjoys reading.

Veterinary Nurses

Kaye Kaye Kaye Rastall R.V.N – Veterinary Nurse

Kaye has worked for the practice since leaving school in 1999 and completed her training as a Veterinary Nurse in 2002. Kaye really loves working with animals and enjoys horse riding in her spare time. Her other interests include cooking and baking.  Kaye has two cats. Kaye qualified as a Pet Health counsellor in June 2013.

Pam Pam Pam Williamson R.V.N – Veterinary Nurse

Pam has worked for Shetland Vets since 2006 and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2008. Pam enjoys the variation of her nursing role and is particularly interested in analysing results in the laboratory. As well as looking after her numerous pets, sheep & cattle at home, Pam breeds Shetland Ponies and likes socialising with her friends. Pam qualified as a Pet Health counsellor in June 2013

Kim McDonald R.V.N – Veterinary Nurse

Kim Kim Kim joined us in 2015, having completed her training at the North highland college. She passed her final exam in 2014. Kim moved to Shetland in May but previously worked in a mixed practice in the highlands and a small animal practice in Inverness. She has two ponies, two border collies and a cat called Peisco. 


Sian Bryant R.V.N. - Veterinary Nurse

Sian Sian Sian joined us in April 2012. She has a menagerie of animals, along with the usual Dogs, Cats, Ferrets and Gerbils she keeps the more exotic kind including a Royal Python called Pythagoras. She passed her final exam in September 2014. 



Kerry MacGregor R.V.N.- Veterinary Nurse

Kerry Kerry Kerry started working with us as a receptionist in March 2013. She began training as a vet nurse in September 2014 at the SRUC Barony campus. She graduated with a distinction in November 2016. Kerry enjoys all aspects of her role but is particularly interested in hydrotherapy and physiotherapy. At home she has two cats named Duke and Earl and a Golden retriever. In her spare time she enjoys walking and playing badminton. 

Support Team 

Karen Karen Karen Williamson – Practice Administrator

Karen has worked for Shetland Vets since the Bixter surgery opened in 1992 and works part-time as our practice administrator. She enjoys organising and coordinating farm and croft visits for the vets and meeting lots of new people through work. Karen has two sons and enjoys walking, keep-fit, reading and gardening.

Pauline Pauline Pauline Walterson – Receptionist / Accounts Assistant

Pauline is one of our longest serving members of staff and has worked for the practice since leaving school in 1992. Over the years Pauline has amassed a huge knowledge of the client base and their pets. When she has some spare time, Pauline enjoys playing netball, cooking and looking after her family.

Susan Susan Susan Wilson – Receptionist / Accounts Assistant

Susan has worked for the practice since January 2009 and she really enjoys meeting new people and their pets. Susan and her partner are keen gardeners which takes up most of their spare time. She has 3  beautiful Maine Coon cats, who are sisters.

Lynne Lynne Lynne Anderson – Receptionist/Animal Care Assistant

Lynne has worked for the practice since 1997 and is in charge of stock and ordering. She likes working with animals and meeting their owners. When she gets some free time, she enjoys walking and working on the croft.

Claire Henry 


Claire Claire Claire has been working at Scalloway since April 2011, having previously been with Lerwick Vets for many years. She has a history of "adopting" homeless animals of all kinds, and currently has 2 dogs and a cat.


Megan Williamson Receptionist

Megan with Ollie Megan with Ollie Megan joined the practise in Summer of 2012. She was brought up helping on the family croft and has a keen interest in all animals. She has 3 Bichon Frise, 3 Cats, 2 Guinea Pigs and 2 Rabbits. She also keeps Hens and Quails- quite an achievement for our youngest team member. Megan really enjoys getting to know the clients and helping them all she can.


Janet Crooks-Jones Receptionist

Janet Janet Janet joined the team at Bixer in June 2013. Several cats have adopted her over the years, currently Gracie is appreciating the treats she brings home from the vets. In her spare time she enjoys gardening and cooking for friends.




Shannon Irvine Receptionist

Shannon Shannon Shannon has worked here as a receptionist since July 2014 and really enjoys her job. In her spare time she enjoys looking after her horse Yogii, walking her English Pointer Harvey and helping her partner with his Purebred Texel Sheep. She is also studying computing part time and the Shetland College.














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