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Meet The Team

We have a fantastic team here at Ark Veterinary Clinics and we pride ourselves on offering a friendly and compassionate service.

Vets

Ken McClean BVMS MRCVS

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

Dr Iain Livingstone BVMS MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon & Partner

Iain graduated from Glasgow University in 1987.  He has been with Ark Vets since 2000. His main interests are in small animal medicine.  Iain splits his time between our Coatbridge and Holytown branches. In his spare time Iain enjoys helping with wild bird conservation and spending time with his family.

Dr Madonna Livingstone BVMS MRCVS

Dr Madonna Livingstone BVMS MRCVS

Senior 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 dog 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, Clydebank Ringing Group, the Scottish Ferret Club, British Veterinary Zoological Society, and the Veterinary Inveretbrate Society.

She is also a committee member of the Scottish branch of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) and has recently been nominated Chair of the committee having previously been the Petsavers Charity Rep. Madonna is a Clinical Skills Instructor at Glasgow Vet School and does consultancy work for Nationwide Laboratories.

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.

Barbara Thomson BVMS MRCVS

Barbara Thomson BVMS MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

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.

Clare Dickson BVMS MRCVS

Clare Dickson BVMS MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Clare graduated from Glasgow University in 2008.  She has been at Ark Vets since 2009. Her main interests are in small animal medicine.  Clare works mainly at our Coatbridge branch. In her spare time Clare enjoys mauy thai, running and painting.

Dr Joana Cardoso BVMS MRCVS

Dr Joana Cardoso BVMS MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Joana graduated from Lisbon University in Portugal in 2016. She has been at Ark since 2016.  Her main interests are in small animal medicine, but she is also keen in knowing more about exotics. She works mainly in our Coatbridge branch. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, running and spending time with her crazy parrotlet.

Dr Norman Graham BVMS MRCVS

Dr Norman Graham BVMS MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Norman qualified from Glasgow University in 1983. After working for a year in mixed practice in Cornwall he has worked in small animal practice since. Norman joined Ark vet full time in August 2016. (Although observant long standing clients may recognise him from the occasional locum periods Norman worked for Ark Vets between 1997 and  2009).He enjoys reading, walking and travelling to exotic places in his spare time.

Nursing

Ann Baxendale ANA

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.

Katie Smith

Katie Smith

Katie has been with Ark Vets since 2008.  She especially enjoys nursing our exotic patients – particularly rabbits, guinea pigs and reptiles.  In her spare time Katie enjoys shopping, socialising with her friends, listening to music and attending concerts and walking her dog Poppy.  Katie also has a guinea pig and a rabbit.

Sharon Armstrong ANA

Sharon Armstrong ANA

Sharon has been with Ark Vets since 2005.  She especially enjoys nursing our exotic patients particularly birds.  Sharon also enjoys intensive nursing of our cat and dog patients.  In her spare time Sharon enjoys spending time with her family and young son Kyle, going to the cinema, swimming and reading.

Genna McGrath

Genna McGrath

Genna has been with Ark vets since 2010.  Genna enjoys every aspect of her job but particularly enjoys helping with orthopaedic procedures and exotics. Genna has completed her Exotic Animal Care Level Three Diploma and is currently studying towards her Professional Veterinary Care Assistant Diploma  In her spare time Genna enjoys walking her dog Lucie, socialising with friends and keeping fit.

Jennifer Macready

Jennifer Macready

Following a period of work experience in March 2011, Jennifer joined our nursing team in August 2011.  Jennifer enjoys nursing our medical patients.  In her spare time Jennifer enjoys swimming and socialising with friends. Jennifer is currently studying towards a degree in veterinary nursing.

Katrina Cairns

Katrina Cairns

Katrina joined Ark Vets in 2007.  She works mainly at our Holytown branch.  Katrina enjoys doing weight loss clinics with our canine patients.  In her spare time Katrina enjoys spending time with her family.

Alicia Garroch ANA

Alicia Garroch ANA

More information to follow…

Lynsey Alves

Lynsey Alves

Lynsey joined the team in 2015. After completing a degree in criminal justice she decided to pursue a career with animals. Lynsey has two dogs and particularly enjoys nursing dogs and cats. Outside of work she enjoys going to the gym, spending time with her dogs and socialising with friends.

Reception

Lorna Blair

Lorna Blair

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 Thomson

Tracy Thomson

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.

Mary Thomson

Mary Thomson

Mary joined Ark Vets in 1997.  She enjoys all aspects of her job but especially likes meeting our clients and their animals.  In her spare time Mary enjoys looking after her grandchildren, socialising with friends and going to the cinema.

Amanda Russell

Amanda Russell

Reception

Pamela Quinton

Opening Hours

Coatbridge
Monday – Friday
Open Clinic
9.15am – 10.00am
Appointments
2.30pm - 3.30pm
5.00pm - 6.30pm

Saturday
By Apointment
9.30am - 11.30am

Holytown
Monday – Friday
Open Clinic
8.30am – 9.30am
1.30pm - 2.00pm
Appointments
5.00pm - 6.30pm

Saturday
Closed

Sunday
Urgent Cases
4.00pm - 4.30pm

On any bank holiday Monday we will be shut at  Holytown. However we will operate an open clinic at our coatbridge branch 9-11am. This is designed for urgent cases and there will only be one vet on duty.

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