David grew up Yorkshire, then came north of the Border to study at the Dick Vet in Edinburgh, qualifying in 1987. With thirty years as a practising vet David has a wealth of experience but is always keen to try new things, and is constantly on the look out for the latest innovations and the newest technology in the veterinary world so that we can pass them on to our customers!
Married to Sally, they have three grown up children and a multitude of animals including horses, sheep, chickens and dogs – David blames this motley collection on Sally's inability to turn down a pair of pleading eyes, immaterial of whether their owner has paws, claws or hooves.
Having worked in the veterinary industry since leaving university, Niki now brings that experience to the day to day running of Merlin Vet. Responsible for looking after all our clients, Niki carries out purchasing and pricing to make sure that everyone gets the best quality product at the best possible price. Niki's speciality is sourcing niche and obscure product – the more bizarre the better; she loves a challenge!
Niki spends as much time as she can in the saddle with her horse Poppy, and also goes running with dogs Boris and Alfie. When she has a spare minute she manages to fit in the occasional meal or trip out with husband Alistair and chidren Charlotte and James. Alistair has threatened to move into the stables to see if he too will then be treated to the same regime as the equine family of cuddles, cleaning and regular meals...
Stock Control &
Fiona worked part time for Merlin for ten years, but she must love us really because in 2016 she came on board full time. Fiona has the unenviable job of managing our ever expanding range of stock, and overseeing client orders.
At home, Fiona has managed to persuade her son to leave, but has quickly filled the gap with Norfolk Terrier Tilly, six ferrets (including mum Pip, and her babies The Pipettes) and two Harris Hawks. Oh yes, and husband Ian. When not looking after the animals, Fiona enjoys taking Tillly for long walks, and drinking cocktails with Ian… but not at the same time.
Rugby fanatic Locky came to the UK from Malawi three years ago to play for top local club Melrose, and now manages the warehouse here. He is kept busy checkng quality and carefully preparing and packing orders to ensure safe delivery every time.
Still a keen rugby player, Locky trains hard with the local team. The Borders are host to the famous Melrose Rugby Sevens, and the players are kept busy "team building" all year round in the Club bar when not out on the pitch during the season.
UK Sales Manager
New to Merlin, but not new to the veterinary industry, Clare joined us recently to take over UK Sales and Marketing. Splitting her time between the office and the road, Clare is an expert in animal fertility and scanning. She is bringing her expertise in that field to our customers, promoting our range of fertility and X-ray equipment, and also making UK vets aware of our special import services and sourcing abilities.
Another keen runner, horsewoman and dog walker we hope that Clare's fiance realises that even when they get married next year he'll still play second fiddle to horses, dogs, and a large flock of sheep!
Office Jill of all Trades, Bec picks up all the bits that everyone else is too busy to do, including making the coffee and writing things like this. In the real job description, she carries out day to day office administration, taking queries over the phone and managing our online presense. She is currently undergoing training in International Documentation and Customs Compliance to help make sure that all our overseas orders are despatched and delivered smoothly.
Bec is a keen baker, but with one large horse and two small children to look after doesn't get as much opportunity to bake as she would like. Having taken up running in order to burn off all the cakes and biscuits, she is contemplating dragging the other office runners to an organised run in 2018…. Watch this space!
At three, Alfie should be a mature and sensible dog but he's discovered that pretending to be a puppy gets him more attention! His roles include receiving stock (or should we say licking the delivery drivers and then climbing into their vans), shredding waste packaging materials (and sometimes non-waste packaging materials), and thinking (with his eyes shut, emitting the occasional snore).
Alfie is very supportive of any office diets and helps us stay trim by stealing lunch out of any bags that anyone is silly enough to leave below desk height!