Animac Vets Ltd

Our Vets

Amanda Jensen (Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine)

Amanda grew up in Edinburgh and graduated from the university of Edinburgh in 2013.
Since graduating she has worked as a small animal vet in Cramlington for 18 months, before moving back to Edinburgh in March 2015 to join the Animac team.
Amanda then began working towards the RCVS certificate in advanced veterinary practice, which she achieved in April 2018.
Amanda loves all animals, but has a special interest in cats. Her cat Raool is in the picture!

In her spare time she is kept busy performing as part of a musical theatre society and playing netball.









Sam Babcock

Sam joined the practice in December 2018. Sam graduated from the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, in July 2017. Originally from Massachusetts in America, she has lived in Scotland since 2013. Sam enjoys working up medical cases and has an interest in ultrasonography and cardiology. She currently does not have any pets of her own, but hopes to have dogs in the near future.
Outside of work, Sam lives with her partner and enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys going to fitness classes, going for walks, and playing netball.






Aileen Whitehead


Aileen graduated from Edinburgh university in 2002 and has since worked in both mixed and small practices across Scotland as well as spending a year locuming in Australia. Aileen joined Animac in 2011. In her spare time she loves being a Mum, likes to travel and walk Gabi her Labrador in the East Lothian countryside.
Aileen is now back part time after the birth of her
children Thea and Andrew.











Joao Escalda


Joao qualified in 2014 from the University of Lisbon in Portugal with a master´s integrated degree in veterinary science. The subject of Joao's dissertation was echocardiographic measurements to predict pulmonary hypertension in dogs and marked the beginning of his interest in cardiology.
He worked in Portugal for 2 years as a first opinion vet and cardiologist, before moving to the UK in 2017. Since then, Joao has worked as a first opinion vet, with responsibility for cardiology cases in a specialist referral practice and is now working towards his certificate in advanced veterinary practice (CertAVP).
Joao is now based at our Nicolson Street branch 2 days a week and is taking cardiology cases, performing echocardiographs, interpreting ECGs and x-rays and advising on systemic diseases and their effect on the cardiovascular system.