The Merlin Vet Team

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David Taylor

Managing Director

David grew up in 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 Jeffrey, 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 children 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…


Niki Kinghorn



Robert Anderson

Company Director

Prior to moving away from clinical work in general veterinary practice, Robert was involved in large scale, dairy and beef suckler herd health and fertility management, with a special interest in breeding bull management.

Within our team, Robert is responsible for the supply of the Lane Manufacturing range of bull fertility equipment, plus any customer support required. Robert is also involved in sourcing novel approaches to farm animal disease management and control.

Fiona has worked for Merlin Vet for many years becoming full time as our business expanded in 2016. Fiona has the important 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.


Fiona Hogg

Stock Control & Customer Service


Clare Walsh

UK Sales Manager

In 2017 Clare joined the team to take over UK Sales. 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 equipment, and also making UK vets aware of our special import services and sourcing abilities.

Life just got a little more hectic with the arrival of baby Gregor but Clare still makes time for her two beloved gun dogs, a horse, a small herd of shorthorn cattle and her husband!

Abby joined the team in February 2018 and does some marketing and sales but primarily focusses on the compliance side of the business.  Abby studied Law at the University of Edinburgh. After graduating she headed to New Zealand for a year, during which she explored further her passion for equestrianism. She took up a job with an international event rider which gave her the opportunity to ride and compete in New Zealand.  Unfortunately the horse she competed during her time there could not come home to Scotland (despite best efforts)!

Abby now lives in Edinburgh with her dog Tui (who occasionally joins her for a day in the office) and enjoys walking and riding. With two brothers heavily involved in rugby she can also be found pitch side!


Abby Taylor

Compliance Team


Helen Matthews

Veterinary Advisor

After graduating from Edinburgh Vet school in 2006, Helen has worked within the veterinary industry in a variety of clinical positions. Helen joined the Merlin Vet team in 2019 as a veterinary advisor.

Helen is married to a local vet, has two small children plus two ginger cats, that all keep her pretty busy. She also enjoys baking, gardening and pilates.

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!


Rebecca “Bec” Davidson

Accounts & Finance


Pam Spink

Administrative Assistant

Pam joined our team in April 2019 as our administrative assistant.  She carries out all the essential office duties, including fielding general enquiries over the phone, replying to emails and endless filing, among many other things.

At home Pam has a partner and two children plus a cheeky Jack Russell called Buddy.

Michael joined the Merlin Vet warehouse team in July 2018.


Michael Hyslop

Warehouse Team


Cammie Bell

Warehouse Team

Cammie joined the Merlin Vet warehouse team in June 2019.

Connor joined the Merlin Vet warehouse team in October 2018.


Connor Young

Warehouse Team

MerlinVet OurMascotAlfie


Office Mascot

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 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!

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