Colleagues pay tribute following death of ‘caring and dedicated’ vet nurse

Dunedin Vets are planning to create a memorial garden as a tribute to head nurse Rose Usher-Smith, who tragically died this month.

A book of condolence has been opened at the main surgery in Tranent so clients can leave tributes to Rose, who worked at the practice for 13 years.

Concerned colleagues alerted police when Rose failed to turn up for work on Friday 1st June. A post mortem revealed she died of natural causes.

The death of the popular and dedicated nurse, who was one of their longest serving members of the team, has left colleagues devastated.

All four of their surgeries in Tranent, Dunbar, Prestonpans and North Berwick closed on the day of her funeral so colleagues could travel to Kingussie, near Aviemore, for the service, although a locum vet handled emergency cases at Tranent.

They are now planning to create a memorial garden, filled with roses and rosemary, at the surgery in Tranent as Rose was a keen gardener.

Dunedin Vets clinical director Margot Hunter today paid tribute to Rose, who is survived by parents Janet and Jeremy Usher-Smith and brothers Ben and Jonathan.

Mrs Hunter said: “I wouldn’t have had anyone other than Rose as our head nurse. She was so dedicated and never said a bad word about anyone. She found something good in everyone she met and kept the nursing team at the practice together.

“She went above and beyond when it came to the care of our clients’ pets, she was very knowledgeable and knew how to handle animals.

“We are all shocked and upset by what has happened and are all trying to support one another, while coming to terms with the loss of Rose.”

Born in Somerset, Rose spent part of her childhood living in the Sultanate of Oman, before her family settled in Kingussie, near Aviemore. She then moved to Tranent in East Lothian when she joined Dunedin Vets a head veterinary nurse in 2005.