Family affair as Laurieston vets chase top titles

09-04-2012. Picture Michael Gillen. LAURIESTON. Ashbank Veterinary Centre. Emily Chappell has been nominated for veterinary nurse of the year. Robert G. Wallace and his father Robert J. Wallace have been nominated for Vet of the Year. Pictured are Emily Chappell, Robert G. Wallace and Fudge a patient.
09-04-2012. Picture Michael Gillen. LAURIESTON. Ashbank Veterinary Centre. Emily Chappell has been nominated for veterinary nurse of the year. Robert G. Wallace and his father Robert J. Wallace have been nominated for Vet of the Year. Pictured are Emily Chappell, Robert G. Wallace and Fudge a patient.

A family of vets are up for prestigious industry titles.

Robert Wallace, fiance Emily Chappell and his dad, also Robert, have all been nominated for accolades in the Petplan Veterinary Awards 2012.

The trio, who work at Ashbank Veterinary Practice in Laurieston, have no idea who nominated them.

Robert (25), who is in the running for Vet of the Year along with his dad, said: “The first we knew about it was when the certificate of nomination landed on the doormat.

“It’s really nice to think that someone has gone to the time and effort to put us forward for it. Obviously everyone in the practice works very hard and it’s rewarding to think that a pet owner has thought we deserve the title.”

The practice was started in 1988 by Robert Snr. in partnership with Colin Purves. It has grown to two practices, with six vets offering alternative services including animal acupuncture and herbal medicine.

Robert Jnr knew from a young age he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and even trained at the same university. After a spell with other practices, he took up a post in the family business and met nurse Emily.

Emily, who is in the running for Vet Nurse of the Year at the awards in Birmingham tonight, said: “It was a huge surprise, but a nice one. We’ve been trying to think who could have nominated us and each have our suspicions.

“It’s good to your efforts recognised and the fact the whole family has been nominated is lovely.”