Neil McIntosh BVM&S MRCVS
Neil McIntosh qualified, with a full head of hair, from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 1984. He spent two years in a very rural practice in Royal Deeside, Aberdeen before the cold and the appalling football drove him to Paisley. He joined the partnership in 1990 and has spent his time since then trying to provide the best veterinary service he can at reasonable cost. He now concentrates on small animal medicine and surgery. Neil was STV's 'Call the Vet' from 1997 until the opening of the new surgery in Greenock in 2003 caused him to retire from the limelight, fortunately before he said anything too embarrassing. Neil has also worked on a number of television productions for Sky, the BBC and STV. He has written a weekly Pet Page for the Daily Record since 2001 and he also writes regularly for Clyde Life, Angus Life, West End Life, the Greenock Telegraph and Sporting Gun. Now known to many of his patients as 'Uncle Neil', he realises he is getting older but he still has great enthusiasm for the care of pets..
Beverley Naismith BVMS MRCVS
Beverley has worked at the Abbey Veterinary Group since 1993, starting the day after she received her finals results. A few weeks later, she graduated from Glasgow University Veterinary School with distinction in small animal surgery. She spent the first half of her career as a mixed general practitioner progressing to becoming more involved in the small animal side of things after having her children Mhairi and Calum. In her spare time she likes walking her dogs "Dude" (A collie cross who was left in an Avon box with his siblings outside the Greenock Surgery as a tiny baby) and "Shea" (A whippet and the first pedigree of the household). Beverley also likes to dabble in the equestrian world, a passion shared by Mhairi and they have a great pony, "Brandy" who superseded little "Teddy" the Shetland (now relegated to being a companion although Calum occasionally takes up the reins). To complete the menagerie at home is a one-eyed cat called "Cozi" who, despite her disability, is a mean mouser! Beverley loves her work and enjoys the busy, varied workload. There is nothing better than the sense of achievement at the end of a busy day. Having been a partner for over 10 years now, Beverley has developed an interest in small animal surgery and has a soft spot for some of the smaller species, especially ferrets, and may yet become the proud owner of one.