Mon - Fri 9:30am - 7:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 12:00pm

Meet the Team

Glenn Veterinary Clinic are a highly skilled team providing expert care for your pets and excellent customer service and support for you.

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Veterinary Team

Linda Glenn MVB MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon and Clinic Owner

Linda Glenn MVB MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon and Clinic Owner

Linda is a local girl, living in Bangor with her 2 standard wire haired dachshunds, Nzuri and Matata. 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.

Rachel Heenan BSc DVM MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon

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 Bert and travelling.

Emma Gullen MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon

Emma Gullen MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon

Emma graduated in veterinary medicine and surgery from Nottingham University in 2018. Emma also has 2 Bachelor of Science degrees in Bio-veterinary Sciences and has a keen interest in small animal medicine.

Emma enjoys nothing more than walking her 2 dogs and paddle boarding when the weather allows.

Gaelle Esnault MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon

Gaelle Esnault MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon

Gaelle graduated in veterinary medicine from The University of Milan in 2018 and moved all the way to Meath, where, following an internship at the National University of Ireland there, she went on to conduct investigative projects, culminating in her being awarded an MSc in diagnostic research in 2020. Not to sit around, Gaelle moved straight into a mixed animal practice in the north where she spent 2 years before joining us in 2022 to lend her focus to small animal medicine.

Gaelle puts us all to shame with her multilingual status, speaking 5 different languages. Her gentle greyhound, Perrie, can understand them all!


Nursing Team

Tina Mackey
Veterinary Nurse

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 Cheyenne a German Shepherd, born by caesarean at the clinic and Murphy, a lovely black lab. She also provides home comforts for other dogs when their owners are away.

Kristyn Burge
Veterinary Nurse

Kristyn Burge
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
Veterinary Nurse

Faith Stanfield
Veterinary Nurse

Faith qualified from her nursing course in June 2019, having carried out her studies with us and has enjoyed nursing furry friends ever since.

In her spare time Faith enjoys dog walking, trying new places to eat and the gym

Cerys Brown
Veterinary Nurse

Cerys Brown
Veterinary 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. Cerys qualified from Greenmount as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in January 2023. She is enjoying the extra challenges this brings and has a keen interest in radiography and anaesthetics.

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.

Deborah Wilson
Veterinary Nurse

Deborah Wilson
Veterinary Nurse

Deborah began her career in animal care in Assisi Animal 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 her formal Veterinary Nursing training at Greenmount College, from which she qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2013. Deborah rehomed a little terrier cross from Assisi called Dexter and has two furry felines Fang and Chase.

Gillian Haydon
Student Veterinary Nurse

Gillian Haydon
Student Veterinary Nurse

Gillian joined us in July 2020 having worked in Assisi Animal Sanctuary for over 4 years. Prior to this, Gillian graduated from Ulster University in 2014 with a degree in Geography but decided to change career path to work with animals. She has gained a wide range of experience having worked with birds of prey and a variety of exotic animals in World of Owls, resulting in her being one of our 'go to' girls when we have any wildlife in the clinic.

Gillian is a keen outdoor enthusiast and shares her love of the countryside with her partner and her 5 working labradors. When she isn't being kept busy with her dogs, she also enjoys spending time with horses and going for hacks with friends, although she isn't averse to a cosy night on the sofa with Sushi, her little Siamese cat.

Rachel McIlveen
Student Veterinary Nurse

Rachel McIlveen
Student Veterinary Nurse

Rachel joined us in July 2022 having worked in another veterinary clinic for 3 years. She completed her Animal Nursing Certficate at Greenmount and is now back at Greenmount studying for her Veterinary Nurse qualification. Rachel loves the outdoors and is a keen horse rider.

Joanne Cameron
Trainee Nurse

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.

Abbagael McDowell
Animal Care Assistant

Abbagael McDowell
Animal Care Assistant

Abbey came to us on work placement in 2018 and returned to work full time with us in 2021. Abbey started the Animal Nursing Assistant course at Greenmount in 2022, with a lot of knowledge of working in a veterinary clinic under her belt and qualified in November 2023. Abbey lives with her two cats Pepe (5) and Mishka (23) and enjoys playing video games and watching movies in her free time.


Practice Manager

SJ Gibson
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 - she coordinated the transfer of dogs on the joint Dogs' Trust / Assisi scheme, Chance of A Lifetime for 5 years and assists 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. Pictured here with Tayla. a rescued boxer x whom she sadly lost in September 23, SJ is currently fostering an 11 year old boxer called Brax.

Another outdoor lover, S-J belongs to the Antrim Chilli Dippers and loves nothing more than a refreshing swim in Lough Neagh or the sea, or a freezing waterfall dip


Admin

Judith Goodman
Client Care Co-ordinator

Judith Goodman
Receptionist

Judith, another client, joined Glenn Veterinary Clinic as Client Care Co-ordinator in 2020 and, despite only working a matter of weeks before we were thrown into Lockdown, picked up our systems and practices very quickly. Judith is kept busy outside of work with two teenage daughters and two JRTs Lexy and Hugo

Anne Boardman
Administrator / Receptionist

Anne Boardman
Receptionist

Anne, a longterm client, joined Glenn Veterinary Clinic as a Receptionist in 2006 and over the years, has been an invaluable participant in all things administrative. Since 2016, Anne's focus has been dealing with insured clients but, never too far away from meeting and greeting, she works closely with reception and provides backup and cover when required. Anne has opened her home to many rescue dogs and currently has two lovely long haired shaggies, Foxy and Flint.

Linda Hopkins
Receptionist

Linda Hopkins
Receptionist

Linda worked at Assisi Animal Sanctuary for a number of years before joining us in September 2021. Linda enjoys the outdoors, gardening and spending time with her 2 dogs, Roly and Gracie and cat, Minx.

Helga Cairns
Insurance and Accounts Advisor

Helga Cairns
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 enjoys much of her spare time travelling around Europe in her motorhome.

Glenn Veterinary Clinic, 9 Ballyholme Road, Bangor, County Down, BT20 5JH

028 9145 3999

info@glennvetclinic.co.uk

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Saturday 10:00am - 12:00pm

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