Telephone: 01357 520251

Practice Manager

Jacqui-Daly- Practice Administrator

Jacqui Daly-  Practice Administrator

Jacqui's background is in HR, originally working in law firms and more recently within construction and engineering.  Jacqui dealt with all aspects of HR from recruitment and employee development to dismissal, including disciplinary and grievance proceedings.

Jacqui enjoys watching ice hockey and is a season ticket holder for a local team called The Braehead Clan.  She attended a New York Rangers game at Madison Square Gardens which was amazing.  It’s is her dream to one day attend The Winter Classic. Her spare timeis pretty much taken up with my boxer Pedro and his many behavioural issues but when she does have spare time Jacqui enjosy watching ice hockey.

Our Team - Small Animals - Avondale Vets



Dr Darren Docherty -Clinical Director BVMS PgC (EAS) MRCVS

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the U.S.A., Darren spent many years working within veterinary clinics, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and zoos prior to attending veterinary school at the University of Glasgow.  After graduating, he completed master’s degrees in epidemiology and conservation medicine. He practiced small animal medicine in Lincolnshire for several years prior to moving back to Scotland. Darren enjoys working with all species and has a strong enthusiasm for exotic animal species. He has a postgraduate certificate in exotic animal studies and is a certified aquatic veterinarian.  Outside of work, Darren enjoys walking outdoors with his wife and their two terriers


Dr Matthew Chapman BSc (Hons), BVMS,MRCVS

Matthew studied Biochemistry at The University of Liverpool before undertaking his Veterinary Medicine degree at The University of Glasgow.

Matthew spent his first four years in mixed practice in rural Angus. During this time his interests in small animal practice developed and he moved to join Avondale Vet Group in 2012 to work on the small animal team.

He enjoys all aspects of being in small animal general practice. On the surgical side he enjoys the challenge of orthopaedic surgery and he also has a keen interest in geriatric feline medicine, dermatology and cardiology. He is married to Hannah and they have two sons, Samuel and Reuben as well as two mischievous cats, Gus and MaCavity. In his spare time he plays the saxophone, enjoys reading, gardening and genealogy and is involved in many activities in his local church.

Angela Buchan

Dr Angela Buchan BVMS, MRCVS

Angela graduated from Glasgow University and spent the first 4 years working in mixed practice in Falkirk and the lake district, before returning to Glasgow in 2008 to concentrate on small animal practice. She joined Avondale in 2015 as a part time member of the team.  She has an interest in surgery and diagnostic imaging, but enjoys the varied case load a busy small animal practice brings. Outside of work she is kept busy by her 2 boys, 2 cats, 1 Labrador and 1 messy husband!


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Dr Karen Innes BVMS, MRCVS

Karen joined the team at Avondale vets after graduating from the University of Glasgow. While studying at university Karen continued with her part-time job at a busy riding school assisting with lessons and caring for the horses. She also gained invaluable experience working in a small animal practice as a nursing assistant whilst studying. Karen enjoys all aspects of equine work in particular lameness investigation and treatment of sarcoids and colic. She also has a keen interest in small animal internal medicine particularly endocrinology. Karen is looking forward to the challenge of splitting her time between equine and small animal work. Outside of work Karen can be found riding her own horse Myah and walking her Labrador Sam.


Nursing Staff


Nikki Stubbs RVN, NCert(AnBeh) Senior Veterinary Nurse, MBVNA

Nikki has worked in various practices in Glasgow over the past 15 years and enjoys all aspects of Veterinary Nursing, her focus is Veterinary Behaviour and she has since gone on and qualified with a European Post Graduate Certificate in Animal Behaviour in 2016. Nikki enjoys the Nursing clinics in the practice and is also responsible for the running of the weekly Puppy Socialisation Classes. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her little girl, family, friends and her 2 dogs.

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Emma Guy RVN

My name is Emma and I have a Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Animal Biology. I love being a nurse as I get to look after the animals that visit the practice and treat each one as if they were my own. I also enjoy chatting to the clients and hearing all the stories about their mischievous pets. I aim to provide the best nursing care and advice that I can. I am also a clinical coach and along with my colleagues, help to train student nurses and vets.

In my spare time I enjoy going for long walks with my husband and spaniel cross Rosie and spending time with my friends.


Amy Smith BSc(Hons), RVN

Amy graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with an honours degree in veterinary nursing after spending a year at Oatridge College doing a HNC in animal care. Amy started working at Avondale in August 2018 and has loved seeing all the different cases that come in and getting to know the patients and clients alike. Amy is enjoying finding her feet in the profession and hope to further her knowledge in nutrition and anaesthesia in the future.

Outside of work Amy likes going nature walks with her pug cross called Bear and bike riding with her parents, Siberian huskies, Zef and Dante.


Elle Strachan

Reception Staff


Abigail Miller- Recptionist

Abigail first came to Avondale vets for work experience in 2014. Abigail started as a full time veterinary student in July 2017. Her favourite part of the job is post operative animal care. Outside of work Abigail enjoys teaching highland dancing. Abigail is also a member of East Kilbride amateur musical society and this year will preforming in the wizard of oz.


Lauren Coull – Receptionist

Pharmacy Dispenser


Donna Palfreman - Pharmacy Dispenser

Out of Hours Emergency Small Animal 0141 332 3212

Visit Us

Avondale Veterinary Group
Avondale House
Strathaven Rural Centre
South Lanarkshire
ML10 6SY

Telephone:  01357 520251 Fax: 01357 521227

Avondale Vets - Small Animal Opening Hours

Small Animal
Appointments are available:
Monday – Friday : 8.40am – 6.30pm
Saturday : 8.30am – 12noon

All by appointment only

Reception is open from 8.30am to 12 noon with appointments from 9am to11.30am.

Main Reception
Main Reception is open from 8am to 7pm Monday to Friday, telephone 01357 520251.