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Meet The Team

Veterinary Team

Linda Glenn MVB MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon and Clinic Owner

Linda grew up in North Down, attending Glencraig Primary School and Glenlola Colliegiate School before qualifying from University College Dublin in 1984. After working in a local Companion animal practice for 7 years, Linda established the Glenn Veterinary Clinic in 1991.

Linda has always endeavoured to offer her clients the very highest 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 heavily involved in the care of animals resident in Assisi Animal Sanctuary and regularly assists in staff and volunteer training. She is also on the Assisi Board of Trustees as the Welfare Officer.

Linda lives locally with her son, 2 dogs and cat. The dogs are Binti the lurcher and Nzuri the Dashound who is the newest addition to the family, and is still learning her manners. Saffy was hand reared from 2 days old and is now the senior animal, enjoying putting the dogs in their place. 

Linda’s other passion is travelling the world. She has been able to visit the Galapagos Islands, an elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka, the Sepilok Orangutan Rescue Centre, the Serengeti and Ngorogoro basin in Tanzania and the Amazon Basin. In 2011, Linda and her son were able to volunteer at the Chengdhu Panda Breeding and Research Centre, an amazing experience being able to work closely with this endangered species.


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 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 last year with her little boy, Will, to be closer to her family. Of course, 2 dogs and 2 cats had to come too!

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. Fiona 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 she took the opportunity to undertake a year long Master’s 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.

Nursing Team

Tina Mackey, Veterinary Nurse

Tina first showed her dedication for animal work by working in Assisi Animal Sanctuary for many years. During this time, she completed the B-Tec National Diploma in Animal Management at North Down College. After doing placements with The Glenn Veterinary Clinic as part of her course. In July 2005 Tina became a full-time member of the Glenn Veterinary Nursing Team. In May 2010 Tina had the honour of winning the Province wide Trainee Veterinary Nurse of the Year award for her exemplary care and dedication. Then in January 2011 Tina passed her final exams qualifying as a Registered Veterinary Nurse.

Tina also has her own family of pets, including a rescue crossbreed from Assisi called Travis, a cat called Pumpkin that Tina hand-reared as an orphan from two weeks old and the newest addition Cheyenne a German Shepherd that was born by caesarean at the clinic.

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 B Tec Animal Management course. Once she had completed the course Kristyn came to work in the Clinic full-time, and has been with the Glenn Veterinary Clinic since 2008. Kristyn is due to start her formal Veterinary Nurse Training at Greenmount Agricultural College. Owns Alfie, a lovely shaggy terrier cross also rescued through Assisi.


 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






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!


Reception Team

Anne Boardman, 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.

When she isn’t in work, Ann is an excellent cook, taking care of her husband, 2 sons and 3 dogs, Tilly, Merlin and Foxy.  

 Jennifer Bell, Receptionist 

Jen joined Glenn Vets May 2016 as the receptionist/administrator. She has a background in Dental Nursing after qualifying as a nurse in May 2003, she has also gained a degree from Queen's University Belfast in Psychology. Jen is extremely fond of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, owning a Black and Tan called Zeke and she rescued and rehomed a Tri-Colour called Kael, she also recently adopted a little Jack Russell/Chihuahua puppy called Riley. In her spare time Jen loves to paint, play guitar, listen to music and go on adventures with her three dogs


Helga Cairns-Clarke, Insurance and Accounts Advisor

Helga Cairns-Clarke has been Insurance and Accounts Advisor for the Glenn Veterinary Clinic since Dec 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 also manages the Clinic Accounts.


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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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