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Our Vets

Helen Chia
Helen came all the way from Singapore to study veterinary medicine at Edinburgh University. She graduated in 1995, then spent a couple of years working in mixed practice in picturesque rural Northamptonshire, before moving into purely small animal work.
She joined Village Vets in 2004 and enjoys the variety of work general practice affords, and the friendliness of a small village practice.
Her Asian roots have contributed to an interest in acupuncture, which she uses to complement Western pain management methods.
She lives in Midlothian with her husband, two children and, currently, two chickens.
Outside of work, her two children and involvement in church and other voluntary activities keep her busy!

Aileen Whitehead

Aileen graduated from Edinburgh university in 2002 and has since worked in both mixed and small practices across Scotland as well as spending a year locuming in Australia. In her spare time she loves being a Mum, likes to travel and walk Gabi her Labrador, in the East Lothian countryside.
Aileen is working at Village Vets part time, after the birth of her children Thea and Andrew.

Sam Babcock
Sam joined the practice in December 2018. Sam graduated from the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, in July 2017. Originally from Massachusetts in America, she has lived in Scotland since 2013. Sam enjoys working up medical cases and has an interest in ultrasonography and cardiology. She currently does not have any pets of her own, but hopes to have dogs in the near future.
Outside of work, Sam lives with her partner and enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys going to fitness classes, going for walks, and playing netball.

Joao Escalda
Joao qualified in 2014 from the University of Lisbon in Portugal with a master´s integrated degree in veterinary science. The subject of Joao's dissertation was echocardiographic measurements to predict pulmonary hypertension in dogs and marked the beginning of his interest in cardiology.
He worked in Portugal for 2 years as a first opinion vet and cardiologist, before moving to the UK in 2017. Since then, Joao has worked as a first opinion vet, with responsibility for cardiology cases in a specialist referral practice and is now working towards his certificate in advanced veterinary practice (CertAVP).
Joao is now based at our sister site, Animac Vets at the Nicolson Street branch 2 days a week and is taking cardiology cases, performing echocardiographs, interpreting ECGs and x-rays and advising on systemic diseases and their effect on the cardiovascular system.