TWO animal lovers working at Dunedin Vets in Tranent are about to set off on their dream careers as veterinary nurses.

Ellen Graham and Paul Middler will begin studying for a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) in Oatridge in September.

The pair will combine their studies with working at the vet practice in the town, where they are currently employed as animal care assistants.

Ellen joined Dunedin Vets in October 2016 after deciding a Biological Science course at Napier University wasn’t for her.

The 22-year-old, from Dunbar, has always wanted to work with animals and owns a miniature Schnauzer called Oscar.

Ellen said: “Studying to become a veterinary nurse while working at Dunedin Vets is a great opportunity as I’ve always wanted to work with animals, while combining it with the science side of things.

“I love working at the veterinary practice as you get to know the clients and their pets, and everyone is very dedicated to providing the best level of care for animals.”

Paul, 21, from Haddington, has worked at Dunedin Vets for two years and used to do work experience at the practice while he was still at Knox Academy, before completing a National Certificate in Animal Care at SRUC’s Oatridge Campus.

A keen bird keeper who owns an orange-winged amazon called Billy, Paul has his sights set on specialising in care and treatment of exotics and birds.

Paul said: “I’ve owned Billy since last October as he needed to be rehomed. He has taken over the run of the house and terrorises dogs and cats. I’ve always been interested in birds as my grandad owned an African grey parrot and my grandma had a budgie. I used to have a Harris hawk and I’ve also rescued barn owls.”