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Cedar Grove Vets
Gilbert McKnight BVMS MRCVS Director

Gilbert McKnight BVMS MRCVS Director

Senior Vet

After graduating from Glasgow University Veterinary School in 1987, I have spent the majority of my professional career at Cedar Grove and I continue to derive great pleasure in watching and helping it evolve and develop over the years. I enjoy the many aspects of our practice, involving medical, surgical and investigative work. I particularly enjoy the day to day involvement with the pets and their owners, and I love to see the pets develop through the various stages in their lives. My time away from the practice is spent with my family and working on my family farm. I enjoy playing golf and watching many sports, especially rugby.

John Heatherington MVB MRCVS GP Cert Small Animal Surgery (ESVPS) Director

John Heatherington MVB MRCVS GP Cert Small Animal Surgery (ESVPS) Director

Senior Vet

I have been a member of the team at Cedar Grove since 1999. Since qualifying in 1996, I have had the pleasure of working in a range of fantastic practices and I have greatly enjoyed a variety of work ranging from lambing sheep in County Armagh to devising health plans for alpacas in New Zealand. Over my years at Cedar Grove I have developed my small animals skills in all disciplines but I have particular interest in surgery and ophthalmology. I recently completed the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies certificate in small animal surgery. I enjoy being involved in the management of the practice and feel a great responsibility to maintain, progress and improve on the reputation and high standards which Cedar Grove stands for. I have been very lucky to work with many gifted vets and nurses; I have also got to meet and know many dedicated animal lovers and their pets and I am privileged that many have become good friends over the years. Outside of Cedar Grove a young family and an active labrador keep me busy. I also enjoy taking part in triathlons,golf and getting into the great outdoors.

Pat Hart BVMS CertSAD MRCVS

Pat Hart BVMS CertSAD MRCVS

Associate Veterinary Surgeon

Now the oldest member of the Cedar Grove team, I graduated from Glasgow University in 1974 and following an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery in Pennsylvania, fulfilled my life long ambition of joining my father David McCartney in the family practice. It is just the best job in the world and I have never had any regrets about my chosen career. I enjoy seeing new puppies and kittens at 1st vaccine and then watching as they turn into members of the family and characters in their own right. Many clients have become lifelong friends, as they are in and out with their pets for various illnesses and injuries or sometimes just regular preventative health care... I developed an interest in skin diseases and following further study and examination gained the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Dermatology in 1994, and now see referral skin cases for colleagues from around the province. Outside work I enjoy tennis, hill walking in the Lake District and am trying to learn golf. A husband, 3 grown up children and 3 cats complete the Hart household.

Susan Cunningham M.A Vet M.B MRCVS

Susan Cunningham M.A Vet M.B MRCVS

Associate Veterinary Surgeon

I qualified from Cambridge University in 1991. After a brief spell working with cattle in the Glens of Antrim, I decided that I didn’t have the circulation for the (fabulous) Northern Irish outdoors, and headed for sunnier climes and the RSPCA small animal hospital in Hong Kong. I returned to Belfast in 1993, and have enjoyed being part of the Cedar Grove team ever since. When not being kept very busy at Cedar Grove, I am kept even busier by four children, a wonderful black Labrador, the world’s most tolerant cat, two very patient ponies and a donkey who misses nothing.

Sarah Riley M.A, Vet M.B, Cert V.R MRCVS

Sarah Riley M.A, Vet M.B, Cert V.R MRCVS

Associate Veterinary Surgeon

I qualified from Cambridge over 20 years ago and still love my job! My special interests are x-rays and ultrasound scanning and trying to hunt down a difficult diagnosis. I work part time at the practice and enjoy the challenge of trying to balance my work with 4 children and a farm to look after. Pets at home include cattle, sheep, horses, cats, a Great Dane called Kiki who has taught herself to help with the sheep and a tame cockatiel who is learning to talk. She is rarely found watching TV!

Ginny Rowlands MVB MRCVS

Ginny Rowlands MVB MRCVS

Associate Veterinary Surgeon

I settled down at Cedar Grove three years ago, having done several long stints as a locum here. I enjoy all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery and am studying for a postgraduate surgery certificate. In my spare time I enjoy helping on my parents' sheep farm and walking with my husband Tom and our working cocker spaniel Penny.

Nuala O'Connor MVB MRCVS

Nuala O'Connor MVB MRCVS

Associate Vet

I qualified in 2006 from University College Dublin and have spent the last few years working in Co.Tyrone in a large mixed practice dealing with both large and small animals. Due to my growing interest in small animals I joined Cedar Grove in June 2012 and enjoy being able to concentrate on companion animal medicine and surgery. I am currently studying for a post grad certificate in small animal medicine

Craig Ritchie MVB CertAVP  PGCert, MRCVS

Craig Ritchie MVB CertAVP PGCert, MRCVS

Associate Veterinary Surgeon

I qualified from University College Dublin in 2007. After 7 years of mixed practice in Ireland I decided to concentrate on small animal practice. I worked in England for 2 years during which time i completed my certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice. I moved home at the beginning of 2017 and started working at Cedar Grove in February 2017. I enjoy all aspects of small animal practice with my main interest being surgery, especially orthopaedics. Outside of work i enjoy playing golf, tennis, running and also walking my dog, Millie.

Alison Love MVB, MRCVS

Alison Love MVB, MRCVS

Associate Veterinary Surgeon

I came to Cedar Grove to work in 2014. I love getting to know my patients and i enjoy medical investigations and long term chronic treatment plans. Outside of work i enjoy spending time with my family and pets, i have a dog and a guinea pig. I also enjoy keeping fit with the kids and cricket with the dog!

Roisin Dickinson BVet Med, PGCertSAM, MRCVS, Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine

Roisin Dickinson BVet Med, PGCertSAM, MRCVS, Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine

Associate Veterinary Surgeon

Roisin graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2008. She worked in small animal hospitals in England for 8 years before joining the team at Cedar Grove in 2016. Roisin is an Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine and particularly likes complicated cases. Outside of work she enjoys watching rugby, spending time with her folks, and exploring the world!

Jennifer Crawford-Allen Practice Manager  MLMinstLM Cert VPM

Jennifer Crawford-Allen Practice Manager MLMinstLM Cert VPM

Practice Manager

Jennifer looks after all the day to day running of the practice, alot of work goes on behind the scenes to keep everything in order! After spending 15 years in the practice as Head Nurse Jennifer developed her skills and interests in management gaining the Business Management Diploma in June 2010 and the Veterinary Management Certificate in June 2011. Jennifer continues to contribute to the puppy socialisation classes and nurse clinics within the practice and has a keen interest in professional development and regularly attends conferences in Management, Human Resources , Customer Care and Practice Development. Jennifer strives to make everything enjoyable whilst maintaining an excellent standard of client and pet care within Cedar Grove and Ormeau Veterinary Clinics. She feels privileged to work alongside colleagues in such a caring and compassionate environment. In her spare time she can be found cycling, playing tennis and generally everything sporty, including walking her springer spaniel Coney.

Alison Fletcher  MLMinstLM Practice Administration

Alison Fletcher MLMinstLM Practice Administration

Practice Administration

I came to work at the practice straight from leaving school in 1988, having wanting to work with animals since I was small. No two days are ever the same and I love the variety and diversity of my job. I’m very lucky that I work with a great team of people who are really like extended family, not just employers and colleagues. Over the last few years I have gained a Business Management Diploma (level 5) and I am a Financial Services Regulated (FSA) Pet Insurance Advisor. Along with this I am also a qualified Nutritional Advisor through Hills Pet Nutrition. Outside of work I love to work in my garden. It now keeps me fit and busy, along with my pug Seth

Helen Gourley RVN Practice Administration

Helen Gourley RVN Practice Administration

Practice Administration

Helen started as a nurse in the practice, and currently is part of the administration team. Insurance claims, telephone advice and help, as well as liasing with the rest of the nursing and reception teams are all part of her daily role.She looks after orphaned kittens and those mummies and babies needing extra help during the early weeks from birth in her spare time!

Patricia Egerton Reception & Customer Care Team

Patricia Egerton Reception & Customer Care Team

Reception & Customer Care Team (Senior Member)

Patricia has worked in Customer Care in the practice for over 30 years and is a well recognised and trusted face to the clients. She looks after all the team, including the vets and provides much welcomed cups of tea when time for breaks is tight! Outside of work she has her own cat Colin and likes to travel and spend time with her family

Abigail Magowan Reception & Customer Care Team

Abigail Magowan Reception & Customer Care Team

Reception & Customer Care Team (Senior Member)

I started working at Cedar Grove in April 2014 as part of the reception team. I love the diversity of my role and no 2 days are the same. Its great getting to know clients and their pets. In my spare time i enjoy horse riding with my horse Daisy, and at home i have a jack russell called Buster and a cat Arthur

Regan Young Reception & Customer Care Team

Regan Young Reception & Customer Care Team

Reception & Customer Care Team

Robyn Baxter Reception & Customer Care Team

Robyn Baxter Reception & Customer Care Team

Reception & Customer Care Team

I joined the team at Cedar Grove In 2017 and i have loved it here ever since. I have always had a passion for animals and working with them since i was 3 years old. I love that every day in the clinic is different and allows me to work directly with animals ,plus cuddling puppies and kittens is always a bonus! Outside of work i love spending time with my own 3 furbabies Keeva, Jax and Khal. I also foster other animals as and when i can.

Jessica Magee Reception & Customer Care Team

Jessica Magee Reception & Customer Care Team

Reception & Customer Care Team

I was born in Belfast but grew up in Sydney Australia. I joined Cedar Grove in 2018 coming from a previous background in animal studies and certification from Taronga Zoo in Sydney. I love all types of animals, and have my own dog Shadow who loves going on walks with me off the beaten track, and finding hidden gems in plain sight. I have found the best roads are the ones we make ourselves!

Erin Forsyth Reception & Customer Care Team

Erin Forsyth Reception & Customer Care Team

Reception & Customer Care Team

I joined the Cedar Grove team in July 2018. Since i was a little girl i have always wanted to work in a vets, having got my love of animals from my Granda. i completed a first diploma in animal care in 2005 and a national diploma in animal management in 2007. In my spare time i love spending time with my little cat Peppi who is 4 years old and has heart disease. I know at Cedar Grove he gets the best care possible from all the team. I also do alot of work with the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children, who i got involved with 7 years ago when they advertised for a Christmas Elf!

Emer Tonry RVN Clinical Nurse Manager

Emer Tonry RVN Clinical Nurse Manager

Clinical Nurse Manager, Registered Veterinary Nurse

I qualified as a RVN in 2016 from UCD in Dublin, and came to Cedar Grove 2 years ago. I have a keen interest in emergency and critical care, and i am currently in the process of undertaking a post graduate certificate in this area. A home i have a dog called Mac and enjoy my time on the beach with him on the west coast of Donegal.

Angela Hawkes Senior RVN

Angela Hawkes Senior RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I attended Myerscough College in Preston and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1995. I am very proud of our nursing team consisting of 6 qualified nurses and 4 assistant trainee nurses. As well as a high standard of technical nursing capabilities I feel as a nurse it is equally important to provide a high level of comfort and care for pets while away from their loved ones and their homes. I like to think that the in-patients at the clinic should be treated, as we would like our own pets to be treated. Therefore I can assure you that the utmost of care is taken of your pet while hospitalised. I have a genuine interest in expanding my knowledge and continually attend courses relevant to veterinary nursing and my role at Cedar Grove. I am also a qualified assessor, which means that I can assess and approve our trainees completing their portfolio for nursing exams. My career as a veterinary nurse is one that requires dedication and provides great rewards. Some of the many tasks carried out include: • Radiography • Blood sample collection • Laboratory • Preparation of patients for • Anaesthesia theatre • Dentistry • Tuition to Trainee’s • In patient Care • Fluid Therapy

Laura Cartmill Senior RVN

Laura Cartmill Senior RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Registered and Qualified Senior Veterinary Nurse I started working at Cedar Grove as a trainee veterinary nurse in July 2002. I attended Myerscough College in Preston for 2 years where I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2004. Since I started here I have never looked back. In 2007 I completed a City and Guilds qualification in veterinary nursing of Exotic Species and Wildlife. I have a keen interest in small furries (i.e. Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters etc) and I run an advice clinic here at the practice. For any advice, questions or queries you may have please do not hesitate to phone me at the clinic, and I am more than happy to help. I love working here and all the staff are very friendly and helpful. I wouldn’t take my pets anywhere else as the quality of service is excellent…..

Nicola Stewart Senior RVN

Nicola Stewart Senior RVN

Senior Veterinary Nurse

I am a senior nurse at Cedar Grove and also the theatre manager for the clinic. I have worked here for just under 16 years and i am also trained in carrying out MRI scans and Stem Cell Therapy. At home i have 3 fur babies, Damien a 7 year old rottweiler, Tasha a 7 year old tortie cat and Nutmeg a calico cat who is just a year old.

Suzie Rodgers RVN

Suzie Rodgers RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I qualified at Cedar Grove, having been a trainee nurse here also. I have been here for 4 years. I previously studied equine business management at Hartpury, where my passion for animal care, and particularly physio and hydrotherapy started. I am currently studying to gain my post grad diploma in small animal medicine, and hope to then further my interest in physio work through an additional diploma. I love spending time with my patients, giving them the best care possible, and treating each one like they were my own. Outside of work you will probably find me walking my 3 border collies, or playing tag rugby!

Azli Yavuz  RVN

Azli Yavuz RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I am currently studying to complete my post grad certificate in surgical nursing . I love animals and have always had a passion for them. Currently at home i have 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 horses and a pet African Land Snail! I love working at Cedar Grove and look forward to furthering my career here

Hannah Abrams ANA

Hannah Abrams ANA

Animal Nursing Assistant

I came to Cedar Grove in May 2018 having come from qualifying in Letterkenny where i spent 3 years studying. I have 4 crazy springer spaniels at home that keep me busy when i'm not working and they range from 8 months old to 12 years old.

Aoife McGarry RVN

Aoife McGarry RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I graduated in 2018 with a BSc in Veterinary Nursing from Athlone IT. Over the course of my training I had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of animals from cats and dogs, to cattle , sheep and horses! Since then i moved to Belfast to study a masters in Animal Behaviour and Welfare at Queens University whilst working part time at Cedar Grove. I currently don't have any pets of my own, so instead i take the opportunity to treat all of our patients here as if they were my own!

Olga Zakrzweska Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Olga Zakrzweska Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Fiona Bailey Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Fiona Bailey Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

I joined Cedar Grove in February 2017 and i am currently studying to qualify as a registered veterinary nurse. I have always had a passion for animals and enjoy being able to work with them on a daily basis. My favourite part of nursing is building a bond with my patients and seeing them progress. At home i have a very lively but loving cocker spaniel called Nala, and in my free time i enjoy taking her out on adventures.

Tammy Miskimmon Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Tammy Miskimmon Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

I joined Cedar Grove in June 2017 and i initially worked as part of the reception team. In July 2018 i was given an amazing opportunity to begin training as a veterinary nurse. I am studying at Greenmount College and i love all aspects of my job. Outside of work i have 3 cats and a lively Jack Russell to keep me on my toes!

Nigel Mullen Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Nigel Mullen Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

I started at Cedar Grove in November 2018 as a student veterinary nurse, having completed my examinations at CAFRE Greenmount. I still have additional exams to complete before i become a registered veterinary nurse. When not in work i can be found looking after my 2 pekeingese dogs called Noah and Keiko, frequenting many coffee shops or in the gym. On the rarest of occassions i also make it home to relax!

Pauline Hunter-Graham ANA

Pauline Hunter-Graham ANA

Animal Nursing Auxillary

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