A vet has swapped the glamour of Hollywood for a life of helping animals in need in the Scottish Borders.
Nick Moura was born and brought up in Tinseltown, where some of the world’s most famous films were shot, and is no stranger to the industry, as his father is an editor on America’s Funniest Home Videos, the US equivalent of You’ve Been Framed!
Bachelor of Music
Yet, despite obtaining a Bachelor of Music degree and playing classical trombone at the University of Southern California, the bright lights of Hollywood did not tempt Dr Moura.
Instead, at the age of 23, he packed his bags and flew to Scotland to study at the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine.
He is now settling into his new role at Border Vets and caring for animals hailing from Galashiels, Selkirk and Innerleithen.
Dr Moura said: “It has been a huge culture shock for me because the contrast between living in Los Angeles and the Scottish Borders couldn’t be more different.
“The people are very different and much more down to earth and pragmatic over here. They are great people in Los Angeles, but are much more flash and focused on their looks.
“People here are much more about their community, and at Border Vets we are able to develop a bond with our clients, so we provide continuity of care.
“Despite the huge contrast in lifestyle, I’ve settled in well and love living here.”