A vet has been crowned a national hero in a Facebook competition run by veterinary supplies company Vygon Vet and supported by the Royal Veterinary College (RVC).

Mr Gilmore, Gizmo, Mrs Gilmore and vet Mirjam Coert.

Mirjam Coert, a vet at the Clyde Vet Group in Lanark, Scotland, has won the My Pet’s Hero contest after helping a pain-stricken and extremely nervous 10-year-old cat called Gizmo.

Ms Coert has won a CPD course with the RVC as well as £500 worth of Vygon Vet products for the practice where she has worked since 1997.

She said: “I had no idea I’d been nominated and to be chosen as the winner came as a complete surprise. One of our vet nurses sent me a text about it. I was, of course, very pleased and the practice is delighted to be stocking up on some free Vygon Vet supplies.”
Ms Coert was nominated by Gizmo’s owners Jami and Bronwen Gilmore from Carmichael, near Lanark.

Mr Gilmore said: “We initially thought Gizmo had been hit by a car; her back end seemed so damaged. We rang the vet very late on Saturday night and Mirjam met us at the surgery at 1am. We were also concerned about how the vet would be able treat her, as Gizmo has always been a very nervous cat, even with us and, despite her painful back, was trying to jump off the surgery table.”

Ms Coert qualified as a vet in 1991 in Holland, trained in acupuncture seven years ago and regularly treats dogs and cats at the Clyde Vet Group, which has practices in Lanark, Wishaw, Auchenheath and Carluke.

Ms Coert successfully treated Gizmo’s painful spine condition with a course of treatment that included six weeks of acupuncture.

She said: “I started using acupuncture on Gizmo early on as I find this works very well with veterinary medicine. It is a valuable add-on to conventional treatment; the two together are a good combination.”

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