About

The two principal veterinarians, Robert Young and Ann Anderson, established the practice of Robert Young Veterinary Surgeon in 1995 in the Border town of Kelso. Both have many years of experience and live within five minutes of the main surgery premises. We provide the personal attention and continuity of care that is so difficult to achieve in a larger practice.

The practice offers all that an animal owner would expect:

  • examination, investigation, diagnosis and treatment of sick and injured animals
  • routine procedures in all species including neutering and control of reproduction
  • disease prevention programmes including vaccinations and control of parasites

Veterinary Staff

Robert Young

Robert is responsible for the clinical lead and development of the practice in addition to his share of consultations, operations and out of hours duties. His main interests are disease prevention and soft tissue surgery.


Ann Anderson

As one of the two principal veterinarians, Ann has been involved in the development of the practice since it began in October 1995. Her workload includes consultations, visits, operations, X-rays etc and the out of hours service. Ann’s veterinary interests include rabbit dentistry and acupuncture.


Janet McRitchie

Janet consults at the surgery in Earlston plus 1 day per week in Kelso. She also helps out at holiday times, etc. Her veterinary interests include internal medicine and case management.


Non Veterinary Staff

  • Marion Millar
  • Joan Black
  • Anne Hirstwood

The practice is fortunate to have a very loyal group of receptionist staff; we have had only three changes in 22 years and that was due to retiral! Partly as a result of this but also due to the size of the practice and the relatively small and stable populations in and around Kelso and Earlston, we get to know many of our clients and their pets.

This in turn allows us to prepare so that everything runs as smoothly as possible for our clients, our patients and the vets.

Evening ANAS

From the opening of the practice in 1995 we have always offered training and work experience for school, college and veterinary students. This is further extended in our employment of school students as Animal Nursing Assistants during evening and Saturday morning surgeries.

These young people come to us midway through secondary school with an interest in animal care. After a period of intensive training and with support from the existing Ana’s and the veterinary staff, they quickly develop into competent young employees with a range of skills including receptionist duties, animal nursing and the inevitable cleaning.

Some go on to pursue careers as veterinary surgeons or veterinary nurses; others leave to work with animals in some other capacity, whilst others follow completely unrelated courses. We hope that the skills and experiences that they have gained whilst helping the vets, pets and clients at our practice will help them in whichever career path they follow.