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Meet The Team

Veterinary Team

Linda Glenn MVB MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon and Clinic Owner

Linda is a local girl, living in Bangor with a lurcher, Binti, a standard wire haired dachshund, Nzuri and a cat called Saffi. Growing up in the Ulster Folk Museum where her father was the Caretaker, Linda attended Glencraig Primary School and Glenlola, and qualified from UCD in 1984. Her son, Owen was introduced to practice life as a baby and rather than being put off, qualified himself as a Vet from Glasgow University in 2017.

After working in a local practice for 7 years, Linda established the Glenn Veterinary Clinic in 1991 with 2 trainee Veterinary Nurses.

Linda cares passionately about her clients and patients and has always been dedicated to providing the highest possible standard of care. In 2008, this standard of care was nationally recognised when Linda had the honour of being one of three finalists in the UK Vet of the Year award.

Linda is dedicated to improving the health and welfare of all animals and is delighted to work closely with Assisi Animal Sanctuary, German Shepherd RRR, Bangor Seafront Cats and the Edward Trust to help the less fortunate. 

Linda and Owen have also been fortunate to be involved in welfare projects worldwide, working with Pandas in the Panda Research and Breeding program in Chengdhu, China and with rescued elephants in Jaipur, India. They have also visited welfare projects involving Orangutan rescue in Sepilok, Borneo and elephants in Sri Lanka.

When travelling in Tanzania, Linda and Owen became aware of Rabies and animal welfare problems in Sunga District in the Usambara Mountains. This is a very poor, isolated group of villages above 2000m with poor road connections. The nearest large town, Lushoto, is 2.5hours down the mountain and there is no local Veterinary support. Many local children die from Rabies. While the local people want to do the best for their animals, it is a very poor community and the standard of education is very low. Working with Mambo Viewpoint, an ecolodge dedicated to improving the standard of living, health and education of local people, Linda and Owen established a Rabies vaccination program, annually vaccinating over 200 dogs. This has reduced the risk of children being bitten. They also trained a man from each Wafugagi ( co operative) to be an Auxiliary Officer, visiting local farmers to give advice on animal housing, nutrition and health care. The Auxiliary Officers are also invaluable assisting vaccinating over 600 cattle, sheep and goats against Anthrax and Blackleg. Linda and Owen also hold village meetings to discuss the problems the local people are having and ensure that the project is addressing the issues that are concerning them.  

Linda and Owen visit Tanzania for a month most years to run the vaccination programs, train more advisors and address emerging disease and welfare problems. The aim is that the project is self sustaining and to this end, the Auxiliary Officers are employed to continue visiting farmers and act as Advisors. The project has been very successful and the local government is considering using it as a template to improve animal welfare in other districts. 

Josie McKnight MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon

Josie qualified from Glasgow University in 1999 and worked in England for 12 years gaining valuable experience in Companion Animal Practices. During this time, Josie developed a special interest in mobility problems and gained a Post Grad Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy at Harper Adams University in 2011. She also has a certificate in acupuncture and chronic pain management. Josie's skills have helped many patients, recovering from orthopaedic surgery or suffering from osteoarthritis, improve their mobility.actices. During this time, Josie developed a special interest in mobility problems and is currently studying for her Masters in Physiotherapy. Josie has been able to help a number of our patients recovering from orthopaedic surgery or suffering from osteoarthritis, improve their mobility with her skills. She has also been able to develop her skills in acupuncture over the last 8 years.

Josie returned to N.Ireland in 2011 with her son Will, to be closer to her family. Josie can regularly be seen walking her trio troop of rescued dogs Bob, Poppy and Abe. Josie also has an elderly feline Tandia.

Rachel Heenan BSc DVM MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon

Rachel graduated from St. George's University, Grenada, West Indies in 2008, having spent her final clinical year at Edinburgh University. She initially started her career in North Yorkshire in a mixed animal practice but soon discovered her main interests lay in small animal practice. She quickly developed a love of all things surgical and started studying in April 2014 for a certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice which she completed in 2016. After 7 years in Yorkshire, Rachel decided to head closer to home and joined us at Glenn in October 2016. Rachel hit the ground running and has enjoyed meeting new clients 2, 3 and 4 legged alike. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys walking her Labrador Henry and travelling to places. 

Louise King MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon

Louise qualified from Edinburgh University in 2012 and spent her first 4 years working in mixed farm, equine and small animal practice in Downpatrick. She came to GVC in August 2016 and has really enjoyed the caseload and clients she has encountered at GVC. In her spare time she enjoys running with her red setter Rosie, as well as road cycling with a local club. 

 

 Fiona O'Hara BVSc MSc MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon

Fiona qualified from Liverpool Veterinary School in 1999 and spent her first year in mixed practice before specialising in small animal medicine and surgery. Fiona had always held an interest in wild and exotic animals, so in 2003 took the opportunity to undertake a year long Masters degree in Wild Animal Health at the Zoological Society of London and Royal Veterinary College. This led Fiona to travel and volunteer abroad and then spend four years working as a Zoo Vet. Since getting married and having two very active boys Fiona decided to move back into private practice and has concentrated on small animals and private exotics. Fiona Joined Glenn Vet Clinic in November 2014 and has been kept busy with an interesting and varied case load. Fiona has a black and tan King Charles called Timber and has been known to take a hedgehog or two home when they have been brought in.

Nursing Team

Tina Mackey, Veterinary Nurse

Tina first showed her dedication for animal work by working in Assisi Animal Sanctuary for many years, during which time she completed the B-Tec National Diploma in Animal Management. In July 2005, after completing placements with Glenn Veterinary Clinic as part of her course, Tina became a full-time member of the Glenn Veterinary Nursing Team. In 2010 Tina had the honour of winning the Province wide Trainee Veterinary Nurse of the Year award for her exemplary care and dedication and the following January, passed her final exams qualifying as a Registered Veterinary Nurse.

Tina's pets include a rescue crossbreed from Assisi called Travis and Cheyenne a German Shepherd, born by caesarean at the clinic. She also provides home comforts for other dogs when their owners are away, Linda's Binti for one and Murphy, a lovely black lab.

Deborah Wilson, Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Deborah began her career in animal care in Assisi Sanctuary where she worked for several years while studying for a degree in Zoology at Queen’s University Belfast. Deborah joined our practice team in 2006, gaining valuable experience before commencing her formal Veterinary Nursing training at Greenmount College. She has successfully completed all her written exams and will soon be taking her Practical (which she’ll pass with flying colours). Deborah rehomed a little terrier cross from Assisi called Dexter and Dumpling, an older cat who had always been a favourite when she worked in Assisi. 

Kristyn Burge, Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Kristyn Burge first worked with the Glenn Veterinary Nursing Team during her placements as part of her BTec Animal Management course which she started in 2005. On completion of the course Kristyn came to work in the clinic full-time and has been with us ever since. Kristyn completed her veterinary nursing training at Greenmount College and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2014. Kristyn's furry friend is Alfie, a lovely shaggy terrier cross rescued from Assisi in 2010.

 

 Faith Stanfield, Student Veterinary Nurse

Faith is our Student veterinary nurse. She first came to us in April 2015 after gaining experience working in another veterinary practice. She started college in September 2016 and is thoroughly enjoying the course learning new skills. In her spare time she enjoys dog walking with her sister and going to the gym.

 

 

Cerys Brown, Trainee Nurse

Cerys started here at Glenn Vet Clinic in November 2016 after 10 years working at Assisi Animal Sanctuary. Working predominantly with the small animals Cerys has a keen interest in rabbit and guinea pig care. Since joining us Cerys is thoroughly enjoying learning new skills and hopes to begin formal nurse training in the future.

In her free time Cerys spends time with her two horses and also her array of small pets including rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas and cats. 

Connie Heyburn, Trainee Nurse

Connie joined us in March 2017 after spending 3 years in the dog grooming salon within a national pet retail store. She knew her passion was with animal husbandry and care and had always been interested in Veterinary Nursing since completing her Animal Management course in 2014. In her spare time Connie enjoys keeping active, going to the gym and looking after her 3 guinea pigs - Aggie, Pumpkin and Albert. 

 

 

 

 

Joanne Cameron, Trainee Nurse

Joanne joined us in August 2013 from Assisi Animal Sanctuary where she had worked as a welfare assistant for 3 years. Prior to this Joanne had worked in another veterinary practice through which she completed her Animal Nursing Assistant course at Greenmount in 2009 and also managed a cattery for 9 months. Joanne is kept busy outside of work in family life, married with 3 young sons and an active labrador Mini. 

 

 

 

 

Becky Savage, Animal Care Assistant

Becky joined us in March 2017 after previously completing Animal Management Level 2 & 3 Extended National Diploma in 2012/14. She has worked in a professional grooming salon and a well known pet store. Becky is very passionate about animal welfare and has a special interest in veterinary care, so is thrilled to have joined the team at Glenn Vets. 

 

 

 

 

Practice Manager 
 
SJ Gibson, Practice Manager

SJ, a Maths and Statistics graduate, joined us in January 2016. SJ has extensive experience in customer service and account, operations and people management across a diverse range of business functions and disciplines. She is also actively involved in dog and cat rescue in NI, coordinating the transfer of dogs on the joint Dogs’ Trust / Assisi scheme, Chance of A Lifetime and assisting in the co-ordination of rescuing, rehoming and fundraising for Animal Connexions. SJ was brought up with boxers, which still are extra special to her and she has a rescued boxer called Tayla who has told her that she isn’t allowed any more!

 

Admin

Helga Cairns-Clarke, Insurance and Accounts Advisor

Helga has been Insurance and Accounts Advisor for the Glenn Veterinary Clinic since October 2007. Helga spent the early part of her business career working in the Insurance industry and has extensive experience in managing claims and supporting the needs of clients and their pets. Helga spends a lot of time walking her Kooikerhondje dog, Tess. Kooikerhondjes are farm dogs and are the national breed of the Netherlands.

  

 Anne Boardman, Administrator / Receptionist 

Ann was a valued client of the Practice before joining our team as a part time Receptionist in 2006. Ann knows so many of our clients and patients so well that she is always receiving a loving lick and tail wag. Ann also is a valuable part of our Administration team, dealing with insurance claims and accounts.

Ann was a valued client of the Practice before joining our team as a part time Receptionist in 2006. Ann knows so many of our clients and patients so well that she is always receiving a loving lick and tail wag. Ann also is a valuable part of our Administration team, dealing with insurance claims and accounts.

 

 Sarah Courtney, Receptionist 

Sarah joined Glenn Vets in October 2017 as a full time receptionist. She has a background in customer services and a degree in Business Management, graduating in 2009. Prior to joining us, Sarah was a client visiting us with her two golden retrievers Parker and Lexie and her two cats Pixie and Cassie. In her spare time, Sarah loves walking with her husband and the dogs, cooking for family and going to the gym.

 

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Location Map

The Glenn Veterinary Clinic right in the middle of Bangor and is just off high street. There is parking in the Flagship shopping centre or on roads around.

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