Meet the team
Karen Lantrip BVM&S MRCVS
Opening West Edinburgh Vets is a life-long dream for me, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to welcome you! I was born and raised in sunny California, where I entered the veterinary world age 15. I started out cleaning kennels at my local clinic, before working my way up to Veterinary Nurse and then Practice Manager. Eleven years later I moved to bonny Scotland to pursue my veterinary science degree. After qualifying from the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, I moved back the US to complete an internship in small animal emergency medicine and surgery. I then worked in both first opinion and emergency and urgent care in Maryland, California, and Washington state for 5 years, before following my heart back to Edinburgh to settle with my family. I have a keen interest in soft tissue surgery and am studying toward an Advanced Veterinary Practice Certificate (CertAVP) in Surgery. I am also trained in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, which is a service that I am thrilled to provide at West Edinburgh Vets. In my spare time I enjoy crafting with my 6-year-old daughter Ivy, listening to true crime pod casts, quilting, and hill walking. I have two dogs, Sid and Olive, and a very handsome cat named King Harold of Orange.
I am SO EXCITED to be opening my own family clinic like the one I grew up in – a clinic in which I can provide the compassionate and high-quality veterinary care that I expect for my own pets. I hope to meet you soon!
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Veterinary Care Assistant
Client Care Team
Hi my name is Julie and this is one of my miniature Dachshunds Roo. The past 40 years of my career have been dedicated to working with children and families, as both a trained Nursery Nurse and Foster Carer. I’m now extremely excited to take on a new challenge and change of direction, and what better than to be working with animals and their owners! I have always been passionate about animals and have never lived without pets in my life; we currently have 3 Dachshunds, four cats and a Goldfish at home! My greatest pleasure in life is taking the 3 dogs to the beach and walking for miles. I’m also a very creative person and love anything arty – my new skill is making hand felted dogs!
I’m so excited to be part of a brand new veterinary practice, and I can’t wait to meet you and your fur babies when you come along to see us for the first time – see you all soon!