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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

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 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. Currently Iain has two German Shepard pals, Turok and Vita, a cockatiel and 9 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

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

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. In her spare time Barbara enjoys craft making and gardening and spending time with her three cats.
May Rafferty BVMS MRCVS

May Rafferty BVMS MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

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 Krissy Green, BSc (Hons), MSc, Cert AVP (Zoo Med), BV&MS, MRCVS, RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine.

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
exotic medicine.

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.

Dr Calum Bird BVMS MRCVS

Dr Calum Bird BVMS MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Calum graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 2021 and joined the practice in 2023. Calum enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, but has a keen interest in orthopaedic work that he hopes to expand on from the experienced surgeons at the practice. Out of work Calum likes to stay active in many forms including running, boxing and swimming. Calum shares his home with an old grumpy tortoise named Hagrid and a majestic (but mischievous) cat named Monty.

Dr Michael Diver BVMS MRCVS

Dr Michael Diver BVMS MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Michael graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 2023 and joined us as a new graduate. He’s been loving his time here finding his feet, and has been enjoying all aspects of his job. He hopes to begin to broaden his horizons as his time at the practice goes on and perhaps find a niche to specialize in. 

Away from the practice he enjoys the outdoors, and volunteers with the Scout Association. He has two cats (usually much happier than in the picture opposite) that he dotes on and occasionally finds time to run Dungeons and Dragons games for his friends. 

Dr Katherine Gumal BVMS MRCVS

Dr Katherine Gumal BVMS MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

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

Dr Laura Cawley BVM&S MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Laura qualified from Edinburgh Vet School in 2007. She spent her first two years in small animal practice in Torquay before moving  back up to Glasgow where she spent 12 years in practice before moving to the Ark in 2021.
Laura has always had a keen interest in Rabbits and all things small and furry and is never happier than when she’s cuddling a Guinea Pig! Her favourite aspect of the job is surgery. Laura enjoys getting to know her patients and the humans attached to them!
 
When she’s not at work, Laura loves going on adventures with her family, listening to music, getting lost in a good book and watching Disney films (especially The Little Mermaid)!!!
 
Laura lives at home with her two children, husband and two rabbits Dandelion and Scone.

Registered Veterinary Nurses

Jennifer McLaughlin RVN

Head Registered Veterinary Nurse

More information coming soon!

Summer McShane

Student Veterinary Nurse

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.

Nursing

Charlotte Harris VCA

Charlotte Harris VCA

Nursing

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.

Louise Stewart VCA

Nursing

Louise joined Ark in December 2021 and qualified in Veterinary Care Assistant from SRUC Oatridge Campus. Lousie enjoys all aspects of nursing but takes a particular interest in the anatomy of animals and loves the challenges of our big, small, scaly and feathery pets, with taking great care of looking after them. With Rottweilers having a special place in her heart.
In her spare time she loves hiking with her family and going out with her friends.

Shannon Mitchell

Nursing

More info to follow!

Rachel Brown VCA

Nursing

More info to follow!

Reception

Pamela Quinton

Pamela Quinton

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.

Stephen McKeown

Reception

I work behind the desk in reception, you may recognise me from petting your dog or helping you in any way that I can. 
 
My Wife and I are owned by a small ragdoll kitten named Amelie, who thinks she is a big dog named Fido. She’s a beautiful but dim little cat, who seems to be under the impression that she’s in charge. We’ve elected to allow her to continue thinking so as it’s good for her self esteem. 

Opening Hours

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.

Coatbridge
Monday – Friday
9am - 6pm strictly by prior appointment.

Saturday
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.