Ciaran, originally from Omagh, qualified from UCD veterinary school in 1994 receiving the Irish Veterinary Association medal for achievement and along with Gillian, his wife, set up the All Creatures Clinic in 2003. In the early years of his career, he fine tuned his veterinary skills in veterinary hospitals in Essex and Surrey, working for Goddard Veterinary Group and Hill Park Veterinary Group, achieving his RCVS Certification in Veterinary Dermatology in 2001. After a year fighting Foot and Mouth Disease in Yorkshire, Ciaran returned home to continue his true passion and thrives in particular on dealing with problematic skin, ear, paw and coat problems. He still enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and surgery and has a special passion for canine lameness investigation and feline medicine. He has recently attended an NAVC course covering recent advances in feline arthritis and pain management, feline orthopaedic problems and rehabilitation, feline infectious diseases, feline oncology, paediatrics and neonatal resuscitation, emergency response to large scale cat hoarding and helping shelters survive disease disasters. His little spare time is devoted to his wife and children, his dog, four rescue cats (Mika, Charlie, Blossum and Orlando - that's what happens when you let children pick the names!) , a Shetland pony called Sparkle and to a little bit of farming. Ciaran has never been without a dog since toddler height and over the years has kept Labradors, Airedale Terriers, Shih Tzus and a Dogue de Bordeaux as pets. He is a member of the European Society of Veterinary Dermatology, the British Veterinary Dermatology Study Group, The American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology and The International Society of Feline Medicine.
Alex, originally from Gdansk in Poland, graduated from the Warsaw University of Life Sciences joined our team in April 2016. He qualified in 2009 and has worked in a small animal veterinary hospital since graduating. He is a fluent English speaker. Alex enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but has been particularly focused on neurology, neurosurgery and diagnostic imaging, including MRI and CT scanning. During his career he has written several papers on Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome and soft palate problems, Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV or gastric torsion) and hip dysplasia. He is a member of the European Society and European College of Veterinary Neurology (ESCN-ECVN). He is Limavady's local Schnauzer vet and over the years he has kept a number of Miniature Schnauzers, still his favourite breed by far. To relax, he enjoys good music and a quiet pint in Frank Owens' and he is a serious sports and racing car enthusiast. While we would trust him with an intricate spinal operation on your pet, we would not recommend taking a lift with him in his vehicle!
Local girl from Ballykelly, Gillian is a cofounder of the clinic and qualified as a veterinary nurse from Writtle College, Chelmsford in 2000. She has worked at a number of top veterinary clinic's in England, including Goddard Vet Group, Companion Care, Wey Referrals, The Animal Health Trust and Apex Veterinary Clinic. Gillian worked as a night nurse at Wey Referrals in Woking, gaining particular experience in nursing spinal and recumbent patients. In 2004 she was awarded Shell Livewire Irish Entrepreneur of the Year for her role in setting up the All Creatures clinic. In 2008 she assisted in setting up the Veterinary Nurse training course at Letterkenny Institute of Technology and taught there until 2013 until the arrival of the third member of her family. Gillian gained her Post Graduate Diploma in Training and Education and now that the little ones are getting a bit bigger she is a more regular presence at the clinic. Veterinary has been her life since her teen years but she is still as passionate as ever about her career, enjoys teaching the younger members of the team, loves rehabilitation of spinal cases and success in pet weight reduction programmes, having had success in a number of national pet slimming competitions. Being a busy mum, Gillian's limited spare time is devoted to her 3 children, her husband, the family Shih Tzu - Rosie, horse riding and decorating. She hopes to commence her Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing in the near future and is a member of the British Veterinary Nursing Association and an associate member of The Society for Radiological Protection.
Welcome back Kimberley! After a brief sabbatical in the hotel industry and missing the banter with the local pet owners, Kimberley has returned to her favourite role as veterinary receptionist. She's there to help with all your pet queries including their dietary requirements and is able to guide you through the process of putting everything in place to ensure you are able to attend to all your four legged friend's welfare and veterinary needs adequately. She is also a Petplan approved pet insurance advisor and has an AMTRA SQP qualification. Kimberley is an avid dog lover and has three dogs of her own, all of which she has rehomed.... Ruby, a 6 year old ex racing Greyhound, and two mischievous Lurchers, Zola, aged 3 years and Enzo, aged 2 years. Outside work, Kimberley loves long walks on the beach and local woodlands with her dogs and going to game fayres and equestrian events.
Since 2013, Joysclen, is one of the clinic's receptionists and has a heart of gold when it comes to any issues with your pet, be it simply helping you with your routine enquiries, scheduling your appointment or to assist you in choosing that perfect toy or treat for your pet. She is a calm, positive and reassuring member of the team, always taking the time to find out the exact nature of your pet's problem or needs. Joysclen is very active in owner education of correct preventative health care for your pet such as vaccination, insect control and worming and is a keen advocate of All Creatures' Healthy Pet Club. She is a Petplan approved pet insurance advisor. Her spare time is devoted to her young family and to her 8 year old Yorkshire Terrier, Benji. She hopes to complete her Veterinary Receptionist Diploma Course in the near future.
Local girl, Robyn, part of our nursing team, has been with the All Creatures team since 2011, starting as a work experience student, progressing to dog walking, kennel assistant and now her Veterinary Nursing course. Robyn has grown up with pets from a very young age and with her Dad, has extensive experience in breeding Pomeranians. Over the years, she has assisted with surgical work in the theatres, provided post operative instructions to owners post neutering, and assisted with laboratory work such as processing blood samples and with radiography. Within the nursing field, she has a special interest in neonatal and paediatric care. She is now a vital part of the reception team at All Creatures and enjoys meeting the new puppies and kittens, the regular patients and owners. She spends most of her spare time with her family, socialising, practicing with her local band and exercising her two dogs, Poppy and Maisy. Robyn also keeps pygmy hedgehogs and can assist you with any hedgehog issues.
Our wonderful book keeper, Bridie, with us since 2010, paying our bills and keeping us right on all things financial. Her spare time is devoted to her children, grandchildren and her husky, Sasha.
Michelle started at All Creatures on a college work placement and has since taken on a general nursing role within the hospital. Michelle, from Monaghan, has completed her first year in veterinary nursing at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) and is looking forward to getting stuck in to the final part of her nursing qualification in the autumn. She has been mad about animals from no age and it is her dream someday to have her own farm. She is particularly passionate about high tech veterinary procedures and really enjoys assisting with the more specialist work such as orthopaedic operations. In her spare time, Michelle will readly put her wellies on, go driving tractors and helping on friends' farms. She loves all sport and plays for her local Gaelic football team.
Emma is from Limavady and joined the hospital team in Summer 2015. She assists with all tasks behind the scenes, ensuring that everybody is clean, well fed and watered and she loves exercising the patients. In her spare time, Emma enjoys competing in karate competitions and looking after her own chocolate Labrador, Maisie. Maisie is a regular blood donor at the critical care unit of All Creatures and she has helped to save a number of canine lives. Emma is looking forward to starting her formal veterinary nursing training in the near future.
Matthew, from Ballykelly, has been working at All Creatures since Spring 2016, assisting with the routine care of hospital patients and boarding patients. Matthew is actively involved in canine and feline rehabilitation within the hospital, in particular laser therapy post surgery and in managing the hydrotherapy pool in the hospital. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling and exercising his own dog, Bolt.