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
Dr Iain Livingstone BVMS MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon & Partner
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
Head Vet & 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 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 is also the Clinical Lead for the Selective Exotics Rotation for the Final year vet students from Glasgow Vet School. Final year students who are particularly interested in Exotics work in the clinic with our team for a three week rotation. The practice is really proud of being a key component of training the next generation of exotic vets to care for our furry, feathery, and scaley members of our family!
Madonna has been awarded a distinction in her Parrot Studies and Behaviour Diploma and is studying towards her diploma in feline behaviour. Madonna was also awarded the UK Rabbit Vet of the Year Award 2022 by Burgess and RWAF, and the External Lecturer of the Year award 2022, by the students of Glasgow Vet School.
In her spare time Madonna enjoys training her German Shepherd Dog: Vita and Hungarian Vizsla: Rheia in obedience and hopefully agility. She also enjoys helping with wild bird conservation and researching exotic animal diseases. Currently she is owned by two dogs, ten ferrets, 34 chickens, two cockatiels and five dwarf puffer fish!
Barbara Thomson BVMS MRCVS
May Rafferty BVMS MRCVS
Dr Krissy Green, BSc (Hons), MSc, Cert AVP (Zoo Med), BV&MS, MRCVS, RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine.
Exotics Veterinary Surgeon
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
Rebecca graduated from Edinburgh university in 2016. She initially worked in Kilmarnock and then moved to ark in 2020. Rebecca is particularly interested in surgery but does enjoy all aspects of being a vet. In her spare time Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family and animals. She has a long list of pets at home; two dogs, two rabbits, a hamster, a tortoise , 2 snakes and a collection of tropical fish.
Dr Katherine Gumal BVMS MRCVS
Hi, I’m Katherine Gumal. I’m a Malaysian from the exotic sunny island of Borneo and I love Asian food. My favourite restaurant in Glasgow is Loon Fung which has amazing dim sum! I graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 2021 amidst the crazy pandemic and am enjoying practicing all aspects of medicine in my favourite rainy, cold city in the UK. In my spare time, I love dancing, music, kickboxing and houseplants. The dogs in the photo are my Rottweiler-mixed-Dalmatians and I also have two German Shepherd-mixed-Labs.
Dr Laura Cawley BVM&S MRCVS
Ann Baxendale ANA
Hi, my name is Charlotte and I’m from a rural town called Strathaven in south Lanarkshire. I have worked at Ark Vet clinic since June 2021, I enjoy that no day is the same and you experience all different types of small animals and exotics!. I qualified as a VCA in 2021 from oatridge agriculture college and enjoy doing my own research in my own time, I have a huge passion for giving the highest possible care to my patients and treat them like there my own. Outside of work I live on a farm with my family and run a stud yard of 20 Welsh pony and cobs, we also breed pedigree Poll Dorsets & Kerry Hills, I have a collie called pat and we both love going on long walks, i also play rugby for watsonians women’s rugby.
Summer joined the Ark in 2020 and is currently part time whilst she completes a college course. She enjoys all aspects of her job especially small furries and is excited to further her education in exotics. Summer likes to spend her free time with her two dogs and going out with her friends.
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.