Garden Unveiled In Tribute To Vet Nurse



Garden unveiled in tribute to vet nurse
9th October 2018

By Karen Pickwick

Colleagues of a veterinary nurse who died this year have created a memorial garden in her honour.

Rosemary and rambling roses have been planted in the garden at Dunedin Vets in Tranent, East Lothian, as a tribute to head nurse Rose Usher-Smith.

Rose, who worked at the practice for 13 years, failed to turn up for work on Friday, June 1 and concerned colleagues alerted police, who found her at home. A post mortem revealed she died of natural causes at just 36.

Her death devastated colleagues and shocked clients whose pets were treated by Rose. Clients were invited to leave tributes in a book of condolence and some even donated money to buy plants for the garden.


Her fellow veterinary nurses bought a silver plaque to be placed on a wall in the garden, which was built by Chris Monk, before the horticulture was completed by Margot Hunter, both clinical directors at Dunedin Vets.

“Rose was a wonderful friend and colleague to us all and the garden is a lovely tribute to her,” Margot said. “Rose’s death had a huge impact on us and some of our staff aren’t coping well. We are supporting each other and now have a place to go for quiet contemplation and remember the wonderful person she was.”

Born in Somerset, Rose spent part of her childhood living in the Sultanare 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.