the team
John Ferguson

John qualified from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh in 1989. After a short period in mixed general practice he returned to Edinburgh Vet School to specialise in small animal orthopaedics. Here, he gained post graduate examinations after completing his surgical residency programme. In 1997 he left the Vet School and moved into private practice in Fife where he set up the East Neuk Veterinary Clinic and continues to offer specialist referral service in orthopaedics.

John lectures frequently at national continuing professional development courses for other veterinary surgeons and has recently presented his work on elbow problems in Springer Spaniels at the British Veterinary Orthopaedic Association Congress. He has a particular interest in surgical treatment of hip and elbow problems in dogs.

John Ferguson

Alasdair Renwick

After graduating from Glasgow University in 1996, Alastair spent some time in mixed practice in Cumbria and then Newcastle upon Tyne where he gained his RCVS certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2002.

After a short spell travelling and working in New Zealand and Australia, he settled in a first opinion practice in Kilmarnock where he offered a surgical referral service for local surrounding practices.  However, realising that Orthopaedics was his passion, in 2007 he decided to pursue further specialisation and secured a Residency position in orthopaedics and spinal surgery at Willows Referral Centre in Solihull, West Midlands.

The high case load and state of the art facilities at Willows enabled Alasdair to gain a wealth of experience of all types of orthopaedic and spinal cases.  He decided to return to Scotland after completing his residency and joined the team at the East Neuk Veterinary Clinic in January 2011.

Alasdair was awarded the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Diploma in Small Animal Orthopaedics in August 2011. This is the highest level of qualification that the College can award and recognises the holder has undergone extensive training and achieved a high standard of both academic and professional expertise in their chosen subject.  Alasdair has published papers in international journals on a variety of subjects and to stay at the cutting edge of veterinary orthopaedics, he regularly attends both national and international conferences and has presented work at some of these meetings.

Stephen Clarke

Humberto Abreu

Humberto qualified in 2004 from Oporto University in Portugal and has worked in small animal practice since then developing a keen interest in surgery, particularly Orthopaedics.

Humberto moved to the UK in 2013 and completed a one- year rotational internship in a busy referral practice in Essex. Subsequently, he worked for a spell in a busy tier 3 small animal hospital where the large surgical case load enabled him to develop his skills and gain a huge degree of experience enabling him to enrol for the RCVS surgery Certificate program.

Humberto joined the East Neuk Veterinary Clinic as an Orthopaedic Resident in January 2016. His aim is to further his knowledge and practical experience in orthopaedic and spinal surgery, working closely with our senior Orthopaedic Clinicians. He has an interest in all aspects of small animal orthopaedics particularly the treatment of fractures and the management of canine knee and elbow problems.

Outside work, and when not studying, Humberto enjoys travelling, music, cinema and playing sport.

Humberto Abreu

Donna McAleese
Practice Administrator

Donna joined the East Neuk Veterinary Clinic in 2007, bringing her considerable reception and customer service experience.  Her career began in retail and was further developed within the hospitality industry through to management level.

Donna’s position within the practice was a developing role initially in the area of reception and then rapidly progressing to Practice Administrator.  She over sees the day-to-day running of the reception team, practice administration and deals with insurance claims.

Prior to joining the practice, Donna was herself a client having had her own Cocker Spaniel “Trustie” referred to John for spinal surgery.  Trustie suffered a slipped disc in his neck and then, a few years later, in his back.  He made a full recovery from both operations and went on to live a full and happy life into his old age.   Through this experience, she has gained an understanding and empathy towards the needs of our clientele.  Donna now owns a crazy mad Working Cocker Spaniel called “Stitch.

Donna McAleese



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