People at Girling & Fraser




Simon Girling
BVMS (Hons)DZooMed,DipECZM,CBiol,FRSB, EurProBiol, FRCVS
RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
European Veterinary Specialist in Zoological Medicine (Zoo Health Management)
Girling & Fraser Ltd and course tutor

Simon is tutor for the course (he also wrote it!). He qualified from Glasgow vet school in 1994 and has had a varied career spending time in mixed and small animal practice, out of hours emergency work, DEFRA/Animal Health and zoos. Throughout all of this his first love has been exotics. He was awarded the RCVS Certificate in Zoological Medicine in 1999. He followed this with the Diploma in Zoological Medicine (Avian) in 2002 being the first vet in the country to obtain the avian specialism and was awarded RCVS Specialist status. In 2012 he became the first vet in the UK to be awarded European Veterinary Specialist in Zoo Health Management status.

He lectures widely in the UK and Europe on many different aspects of zoological medicine, both to vets and veterinary nurses and has written widely on this subject, including the seminal text for veterinary nurses on exotics - 'Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Pets' now in its 2nd edition.



Mary Fraser


Mary is also a vet qualifying the same year at Glasgow as Simon. She initially trained as a dermatologist achieving the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Dermatology and a PhD in Canine Atopy. After this she moved into veterinary nursing education and has lectured at both Edinburgh's Telford College and Edinburgh Napier University. She holds the assessor and internal verifier qualifications, is an Accredited Teacher in Higher Education and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She lectures on a wide variety of different subjects including exotics, wildlife, conservation, ethics and emergency care (and, along with Simon wrote the first course for Vets Now City & Guilds Certificate in Veterinary Nursing Emergency and Critical Care). She is also carries out veterinary nursing research, in particular working with Guide Dogs for the Blind, developing ways in which veterinary practices can work better with visually impaired clients; and pedagogical research focussing on how we can better prepare veterinary students for the realities of practice. She is part of the RCVS veterinary nursing and dermatology knowledge groups developing evidence based practice. She has written many papers on veterinary nursing, dermatology,  and exotics. She is enthusiastic about self sufficiency and is a huge fan of River Cottage and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.