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Alistair Cliff


Senior Vet

Alison Laurie


Senior Consultant

Alison Laurie

Alison’s main interests are small animal medicine, ultrasound and cardiology. Her interest, enthusiasm and dedication within these fields has opened up and improved our diagnostic facilities in-house tremendously over the past few years. Alison is our lead vet in the investigation and treatment of heart disease. Alison lives in Inverness with her partner and her dog, Tilly. Outside work she enjoys walking Tilly and enjoying the beautiful Highland scenery.

Melanie Veal


Veterinary Surgeon 

Sara Youngson


Veterinary Surgeon 

Douglas Macdonald


Veterinary Surgeon

Marsaili McLaren


Veterinary Surgeon 

Marsaili McLaren

Alistair qualified in 2007 from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh.  During his time in general small animal practice he has developed a keen interest in all aspects of small animal surgery.  He was awarded the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP) in 2014.  This qualification follows many years of successful case management and examinations and represents the first tier of veterinary postgraduate qualifications.  Alistair is particularly enthusiastic about the arthroscopic treatment of canine elbow disease, management of cranial cruciate ligament rupture and laparoscopic surgery.


Bord and bred Invernessian, Alistair now lives on the Black Isle with his wife, young son and black Labrador Holly.  He likes to keep busy and is often seen hill walking with friends, fishing with his dad, woodworking and renovating his house.  

Alison is originally from Largs, Ayrshire and she qualified from Glasgow Veterinary School in 1983.  Alison has over 32 years of experience as a general practitioner, working in both mixed and small practices throughout the UK - including Oban, Aberdeen, Inverness, Worcester, Dunvegan and Inverness again before joining us as Burgess & Donald practice in 2002.


Alison was the UK winner of the Petplan 'Vet of the Year' award in 2011. We are proud of her achievements and her continuing commitment, dedication and care for her patients at Crown Vets as one of our Senior Consultants.


Melanie is originally from Staffordshire and went to university in Bristol where she graduated from Vet School in 2008. She moved up to join us after spending her first few years working near Chester.


Her main interest at work is preventative medicine and care of the geriatric patient. Melanie has an interest in oncology (cancer medicine) and is developing our chemotherapy service.


Out of work she enjoys walking, climbing, walking her little rescue dog (Bracken).

Sara is from Aberdeenshire and graduated from Glasgow Veterinary School in 2011 and started her career in Aberdeenshire working in a mixed practice but realised that her passion lies with small animals.


Sara has a keen interest in feline medicine and soft tissue surgery.


In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors and loves living and working in Inverness.

Marsaili is originally from Inverness and graduated from Glasgow Veterinary School in 2002. She then worked in a mixed animal practice in the north of England before travelling to Australia and New Zealand where she did supply work in a range of different veterinary practices.


Marsaili joined our practice in 2006 and she has a keen interest in internal medicine, ultrasound and endoscopy.


Marsaili lives in Nairnshire with her family. Outside work she enjoys a variety of different outdoor pursuits including trail running with her dog, Coco and cycling.


Our Veterinary Surgeons

Douglas is from Ross-shire and graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (London) in 2013, having studied extra rotations in Dentistry and Oncology at UPenn (USA). He previously studied and worked in tropical medicine, studying for a Master in Science at University of Glasgow, and working in London at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research (London) for a year. Douglas enjoys the variety of work in small animal practice. He has interests in dermatology and surgery. He helps keep Crown Vets up to date with technology to improve patient care, and provides clinical input for our social media presence.



Douglas is working towards his Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice.  He is also trained in Veterinary Acupuncture and enjoys making older patients happier and more comfortable. Douglas is Clinical Coach for new members of the veterinary team and oversees their professional development.


His Springer Spaniel Droo, and the idea of training for more marathons, keeps him busy outside of work.


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Sylwia Piaskowska


Veterinary Surgeon 

Sylwia is originally from Poland and graduated from Warsaw in 2011.  Shortly after graduating she moved to the UK.  Sylwia has worked in a wide range of small animal practices in England, including dedicated emergency clinics, before moving permanently to Inverness in December 2015.


Sylwia is working towards her Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Small Animal Medicine).


Sylwia enjoys living and working in the Highlands.



Matthew is originally from Ross-shire and graduated with distinction from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Medicine in Edinburgh in 2015.  During this time he also undertook further rotations in oncology as well as rotations at Colorado State University (USA) in neurology and ophthalmology.  For the past year he has worked in small animal practice in Ayrshire where he ran one of the branch practices as well as working in the main practice.  


Matthew really enjoys the variety of cases, patients and species he gets to see.  His particular areas of interest are in oncology (cancer treatment), neurology, ophthalmology and surgery.  He is delighted to be back in the Highlands and working at Crown Vets where he initially saw practice as a vet student.


In his spare time Matthew enjoys getting outdoors, playing tennis and badminton, and when the weather is not so great, playing some guitar, computer games and practising the odd magic trick.  


Valter Carlos


Veterinary Surgeon

Valter gained his veterinary degree from the University of Evora in Portugal in 2005.


After working in general practice and in emergency and critical care in his home country, he moved to the UK in 2012.  Following spells in small-animal practice in Northants and Kirkcaldy, Valter joined Crown Vets in March 2016.


Andrew Rich


Veterinary Surgeon 

Andrew is originally from the Wirral Peninsula, North-West England and he graduated from Liverpool Veterinary School in 2016. He has previously worked as part of an emergency out of hours team and has completed a 4 week exotic animal externship.


He is passionate about preventative health care and infectious diseases after working with the Worldwide Veterinary Service and Mission Rabies charities in India and will be visiting Thailand in 2018 to assist with rabies vaccinations and animal birth control. His other clinical interests include small animal dentistry, cardiology and diagnostic imaging however enjoys all aspects of general small animal practice.


Matthew Erskine


Veterinary Surgeon 

Scott  Young


Clinical Director

Scott trained and graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 1995. He worked in New Deer, Aberdeen for two years, then moved to Inverurie at a mixed practice, where he worked for 18 years.


Scott has now moved back to Inverness where he used to attend Millburn Academy. He lives with his wife, three children and his Bearded Collie called Obi. His interests include all sports - especially football, rugby and golf.