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About Us

ICR Vets is a group of vets based in Loanhead, Gorebridge and Balerno. We have been established in Loanhead since 1982 and have developed a reputation for providing the best and most personal care for our patients and clients in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Our care includes providing up to date veterinary medicine and surgery, such as laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery and our preventative Healthy Pet Club. Find out more about our services or our Healthy Pet Club.

ICR Veterinary Surgery is an RCVS Accredited General Practice and a Registered Nurse Training Practice.

Chris Sawyer And Rory Shearer

Passionate About Prevention

Our approach to providing for pets in Edinburgh and the Lothians has always been one of caring as much as possible for your pet whilst giving you peace of mind. We are keen to reduce the chance of illness in our patients and we work alongside our dedicated pet owners to prevent potentially life threatening diseases before they even become a risk.

Our preventative health care includes yearly vaccinations, free dental check ups, dental care, neutering, parasite control and free weight checks. Healthy Pet Club includes all vaccinations, parasite control and an extra check up with a vet. Click here for more information.

Evidence-Based Veterinary Care

Alongside delivering powerful preventative care to our patients, we provide up to date veterinary surgery and medicine if your pet does unfortunately become ill.

Our full surgical facilities include laparoscopic (keyhole), orthopaedic and ophthalmoscopic (eye) surgery.

The medical care your pet receives is evidence­ based and highly up to date, with all our vets regularly and diligently taking extra training courses. This ensures best possible understanding and treatment of an illness your pet might have.

The combination of comprehensive surgical facilities alongside excellent medical knowledge means that if your pet does unfortunately become ill then we are here to provide the best treatment necessary to get them back to health.

If one of our patients requires even more specialist attention or equipment then we have excellent referral centres very close to our practices, one of which is Edinburgh University’s Hospital for Small Animals.

Ian C.R. Butt first established the veterinary practice in Loanhead in 1982.

Our History

Iain C.R. Butt first established the veterinary practice in Loanhead in 1982 working for 26 years until current directors Chris and Rory joined in 2008. Iain briefly had a practice in Roslin before setting up a the current location at 44 Fountain Place. In 2008 the current Gorebridge practice was added, expanding the care provided to pets in the Midlothian area.

Laparoscopic (keyhole) spays have been offered since 2009, with now over 700 having been performed, providing a minimally invasive method of spaying dogs.

Since then our range of services has continued to expand to give the best possible care for all pets. In February 2016 a third practice in Balerno opened, expanding our patient care further into the Lothians.

Our Locations

Loanhead Surgery

Our Loanhead Surgery offers a full range of medical, surgical and dental facilities including ultrasound, endoscopy and laparoscopy (keyhole surgery).

The surgery was extended in 2007 to provide an additional operating theatre, a new digital X-ray suite and a separate cat ward.

Gorebridge Surgery

Our Gorebridge surgery also offers full medical, surgical and dental facilities including X-ray and ultrasound.

In addition “Pets Place” stocks a wide range of of pet foods and accessories.

Balerno Surgery

Our branch in Balerno opened in February 2016, providing our personal care to pets in the West Lothian area.

Our surgery is newly furnished with a comfortable waiting room as well as a new consulting room, surgical theatre and kennel room. We have facilities to provide elective routine surgery and dentistry at our Balerno branch.

Our Balerno branch is open 6 days a week, with appointments available 9 to 6 Monday to Friday and 9 to 11 on Saturday.

We are open for consultations seven days a week – contact us today