Meet The Team
We have a fantastic team here at Ark Veterinary Clinics and we pride ourselves on offering a friendly and compassionate service.
Ken McClean BVMS MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon & Partner
Ken graduated from Glasgow university in 1984. He has been with Ark Vets since 1994 . His main interests are soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery and ophthalmology. Ken splits his time between our Coatbridge and Holytown branches. In his spare time Ken enjoys running, playing in a band and walking his dog Arnie.
Dr Iain Livingstone BVMS MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon & Partner
Iain graduated from Glasgow University in 1987. He has been with Ark Vets since September 2000. His main interests are in small animal medicine, in dogs and cats. Based at Coatbridge 3-4 day a week. In the past he bred Siberian Huskies and still has one old girl, Luna, left now 14 years old. Currently Luna has two German Shepard pals, Turok and Vita, a miniature parrot and 8 Ferrets!
When away from work Iain has dedicated his life time to wild bird conservation. As a recognised bird ringer, at Trainer level, with the British Trust for Ornithology (since 1980). His particular interest is in bird migration and studies a wide variety of species locally, from migrant warblers to all species of Gull. The newest project is looking at the species of seabirds which use the Forth/Clyde “flyway” crossing Scotland over the central belt and into the Clyde estuary avoiding the huge distance going round!
Dr Madonna Livingstone BVMS MRCVS
Senior Exotics Veterinary Surgeon
Known as the practice geek Madonna graduated from Glasgow University in 2002 and found her home at Ark Vets in 2004. Madonna enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but has a special interest in all exotic species. She also enjoys soft tissue surgery and animal behaviour. Madonna splits her time between our Coatbridge and Holytown branches. Madonna is a member of the Rabbit Welfare and Association Fund (RWAF), the Tortoise Trust, Clyde Bird Ringing Group, the Scottish Ferret Club, British Veterinary Zoological Society, and the Veterinary Invertebrate Society.
She is also a committee member of the Scottish branch of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) and has recently completed her three year position as Chair of the committee having previously been the PetSavers Charity Rep. Together with her committee, Madonna as grown Scottish Congress to become the largest veterinary conference in Scotland. Madonna is an affiliated vet of Glasgow University Veterinary School where she is the nominated vet for their exotic animals. She teaches clinical skills in small exotic mammals and lectures on exotic animal medicine and surgery. She also does consultancy work for an external laboratory and speaks widely throughout U.K. on exotic animal medicine and surgery.
Madonna has been awarded a distinction in her Parrot Studies and Behaviour Diploma and is studying towards her diploma in feline behaviour.
In her spare time Madonna enjoys training her German Shepherd Dogs Turok in obedience and Vita in obedience and hopefully agility. She also enjoys helping with wild bird conservation and researching exotic animal diseases. Currently she is owned by three dogs, eight ferrets and a parrotlet.
Barbara Thomson BVMS MRCVS
Barbara graduated from Glasgow University in 1980. She has been working at the Coatbridge and Holytown branches since they were owned by Shearer and McGregor before the change to Ark Veterinary Group in 1994. Barbara enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and particularly enjoys working with cats. Barbara splits her time between our Coatbridge and Holytown branches. In her spare time Barbara enjoys craft making and gardening and spending time with her three cats.
May Rafferty BVMS MRCVS
May joined the practice in 2019. She graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 2017. When she is not working, she can usually be found on the hills with her two Border terriers, Molly and Abby. Her main interests are in small animal medicine and reptiles. (as she has two terrapins of her own at home!)
Dr Catherine MacKay BVMS MRCVS
Catherine graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 2019 and joined the Ark the same year. She is interested in all aspects of Veterinary work, but particularly general surgery and exotics. In her spare time she enjoys hill walking with her three rescue collies Susie, Drift and Frisk.
Dr Krissy Green, BSc (Hons), MSc, Cert AVP (Zoo Med), BV&MS, MRCVS, RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine.
Exotics Veterinary Surgeon
Krissy Joined Ark in late 2019 when the Practice expanded its busy exotics department. After
completing an intercalated Honours in Zoology in 2002 Krissy graduated from R(D)SVS in 2005. She
then spent 3 years between Wildlife and Zoo practice before returning to Edinburgh in 2008 to
undertake an MSc in Reproduction specialising in Reproduction of Endangered Species in Zoos.
Krissy subsequently spent a year in small animal emergency medicine before working for nine years
in Exotics referral and Small animal 1 st Opinion practice. Here Krissy completed her RCVS certificate
in Zoological Medicine in 2014.
Krissy is an active member of the British Veterinary Zoological Society, the British Association of
Veterinary Herbalists, the British Herpetological Society and the Parrot Society. Her veterinary
Interests have been quite diverse over her career. She loves both small animal first opinion practice
and exotics referral work. Krissy believes in a holistic approach to veterinary medicine and is
particularly passionate about veterinary ethics, animal welfare, exotics pet husbandry and
therapeutic nutrition for exotics pets. Krissy has lectured both nationally and internationally on
In her ‘Other life’ Krissy is a wife and a mother to two small children and cohabits with a cat, various
lizards and pet woodlice. She enjoys running, knitting and spending time with her family.
Rebecca Rafferty BVM&S MRCVS
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Ann Baxendale ANA
Ann joined Ark Vets in 2006 and has been heading our nursing team since 2008. Ann has worked as part of veterinary nursing teams in other practices prior to joining Ark, for the last 10 years. Ann enjoys all aspects of her job but particularly surgical nursing. In her spare time Ann enjoys looking after and competing with her four horses and walking her two rescue dogs Daisy and Colin.
Amanda joined the practice in 2016. She enjoys all aspects of nursing and has developed a keen interest in exotics. In her spare time Amanda runs her own Brownie unit, enjoys spending time with her baby boy, and is unashamedly obsessed with Disney and Harry Potter!
I enjoy all aspects of working with any of the animals we see at Ark. I’m particularly interested in dog behaviour. In my spare time I can mainly be found with my horse Sofisio or out walking my dog Belle.
Kailan Chisholm ANA
Kailan joined the ark in 2020 as a full time staff member after completing her Animal Nursing Assistant qualification. She had previously done voluntary work in the practice for the previous three years. She always has had a keen interest in reptiles and rats and this was what lead her into nursing. In her spare time Kailan looks after her pet dog and spends a lot of time with her pet rats. She also enjoys attending concerts,festivals and learning about animal anatomy.
Caitlin joined the Ark in 2020. She enjoys all areas of nursing, especially exotics and small furries. In her spare time she enjoys photography, attending live music and travelling.
Lorna joined Ark Vets in 2006. She enjoys interacting with clients and their animals. In her spare time Lorna enjoys reading, going to the cinema, eating out and spending time with her family. Lorna has 2 cats.
Tracy joined Ark Vets in 2007. Tracy enjoys all aspects of her job especially meeting our four legged patients. Tracy has a degree in archaeology and spent four years working as an archaeologist before deciding to pursue a career involving animals. Tracy enjoys reading, walking and spending time with her family. Tracy has a collie cross dog called Bracken and three cats.
Pam joined the Ark family in 2017. Most of her spare time is spent with her two dogs, taking long walks and going on day trips. She relaxes by watching movies and going to the occasional care shows at the weekends.
Kerry moved from our nursing team to our reception team in 2020.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE NO DROP IN CLINICS. IF YOUR PET NEEDS TO SEE A VET WE ARE OPERATING A STRICTLY APPOINTMENT ONLY POLICY.
Monday – Friday
9am - 6pm strictly by prior appointment.
Strictly By Appointment
9 am - 11am
On any bank holidays we will operate an appointment only clinic at coatbridge 9-11am. This is designed for urgent cases and there will only be one vet on duty.