Four veterinary professionals rose to an architectural challenge with a difference by helping to construct a map of Scotland, complete with buildings – made out of cake!

The veterinary team baked The Inn at John O’Groats.

Vet Mair Tyler and RVNs Victoria Hall, Carol Smith and Mary Young – all from Ayrton Veterinary Hospital in West Lothian – jumped at the chance to enter Cake Fest Scotland at Cowane’s Hospital in Stirling on 11 September.

Part of an annual Architecture Festival, Cake Fest sees teams of amateur and professional bakers from across Scotland recreate the country’s top 100 buildings in cake on a 100 square metre edible map.

Inn it to win it

The Ayrton veterinary team was tasked with creating and baking The Inn at John O’ Groats.

Ayrton Veterinary Hospital owner and business manager Gillian Page said: “When I heard that was the building they had to create, I thought, ‘how on earth are you going to do that?’

“As co-owner of Ayrton, I’m delighted colleagues with such a sense of fun and enthusiasm could get involved with something that little bit different. I can’t think of a more deserving team, working to a high clinical standard by day and baking by night.”

Taking to screen

Events then turned to television, however, as BBC One’s The One Show heard about the event and contacted the hospital, asking to film the staff baking their goods at the premises.

Mrs Page said: “It was an amazing experience. They came and filmed the group at work and then filmed them in the on-call flat baking their cakes.

“It’s fabulous that, after working a long hard day, they still managed to enter a baking competition and appear on national television.”

  • The film featuring the veterinary team of bakers will air on The One Show in September.
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