Robert ready with right advice for animal lovers

Kelso Vet Robert Young.
Kelso Vet Robert Young.

THIS week we launch our new fortnightly veterinary advice column, in conjunction with Kelso-based vet Robert Young.

A vet for 31 years, Robert has a wealth of experience of treating both companion animals, as well as horses and larger farm livestock.

Robert, together with fellow veterinarian Ann Anderson, established the practice in Kelso’s Inch Road in 1995. Both live within five minutes of the main surgery premises.

The practice offers all that an animal owner would expect.

Robert, a “farmer’s laddie” from West Lothian originally, is responsible for the running, management and development of the practice, in addition to his share of consultations, operations and out-of-hours duties. He attends the majority of farm calls and many of the horse visits. His main interests are disease prevention and soft-tissue surgery.

Robert happily admits that he always wanted to be a vet from a very young age. “Yes, I always wanted to do this. I was always around animals on the farm and it was just something I was attracted to,” he said.

As one of the practice’s two principal veterinarians, Ann has been involved in its development from the beginning.

Her workload includes consultations, visits, operations, X-rays, etc, and the out-of-hours service. Ann’s veterinary interests include rabbit dentistry and acupuncture.

In total, the practice employs a staff of five and on top of his normal daily workload, Robert also does work for Edinburgh Council, inspecting its kennels and Edinburgh Zoo.

The first of TheSouthern’s vet advice column will run on July 21 and readers are invited to email questions or concerns about their pet’s health and wellbeing to us and relevant enquiries will be answered by Robert in the new fortnightly feature, Ask the Vet.

“I expect the bulk of the enquiries we will get through the new newspaper column in TheSouthern will be from pet owners looking for a second opinion because of some long-running health issue that is not clearing up.

“Or a slight niggle, such as an aging pet getting stiffer or eating too much, that they haven’t thought to speak with their vet about before,” Robert said this week.

“Obviously, there may be some problems, such as a long-running skin infection, that a vet would have to examine in person before giving advice or recommending treatment.

“We will also give some seasonal advice for health care and general tips for looking after your pets. We are really looking forward to providing advice through the column, but must stress if someone has an animal in distress they should personally contact a vet straight away and not rely on the Ask The Vet column.”

Anyone who wishes Robert’s advice on a pet-related issue should email their question to:

Please be aware, while Robert will endeavour to answer as many questions as possible in his column he cannot guarantee a response to each and every enquiry. For further information about Robert’s practice in Kelso visit