Staff Profiles Staff Profiles

Ian Millar

BVMS, CertVOphthal, MRCVS

Ian, who was raised in Scotland, qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Glasgow University in 1976, moving then to Northern Ireland. Ian joined the Earlswood team in 1980 and gained his Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 1984. Ian is an Eye Panelist for the British Veterinary Association and has performed many eye tests for Hereditary Disease over the years. He has a keen interest in Cataract surgery, radiography and soft tissue surgery.

Greg Dunlop


Greg qualified from Cambridge University, in 1994. He opened his own practice, Hollygate Veterinary Clinic, in Carryduff, in 2002, which has since merged with Earlswood. Greg is our Orthopaedic Surgeon having passed his Certificate in Small Animal Surgery. His interest is in Spinal imaging and surgery and all aspects of orthopaedics from Arthroscopy to Complex bone surgery including Spinal Surgery.

Diane Young

Registered Veterinary Nurse - Nurse Manager

Diane joined the team at Earlswood as a student veterinary nurse in 1996 after leaving school, and qualified in 2001. Diane is now a veterinary nurse assessor within the practice, training and assessing our student veterinary nurses. Diane has a keen interest in surgical nursing. Occasionally Diane offers her critical care services along with the Vets Now emergency team who cover for veterinary practices in the evenings and weekends.

Ruth Weir


Ruth came to Earlswood in July 2014 as receptionist after many in the insurance claims business.

Jeanette Gallagher

Registered Veterinary Nurse - Pharmacy SQP

Jeanette qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1972 in the then famous Ham Lambert practice in Dublin and joined the Earlswood team in 1973 as head nurse. Jeanette's dedication to the profession was recognised in 2008 when she received the Petplan Veterinary Nurse of the year award.

Lindsay McFarland

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Lindsay was trained and qualified with us a number of years ago. She works part-time and her skills are used as Ophthalmology theatre nurse especially in Cataract surgery.

Alistair Gibson


Alistair qualified from Dublin University in 1986, and practiced in Derbyshire and Co Antrim before his interest in Cardiology took over. His skill lies in the broad and deep knowledge he has of his subject and he is in a unique position in Northern Ireland regarding his referral work, surgical talent and lecturing. Alistair is a former President of the Northern Ireland Veterinary Association and has a great fondness for cricket and hockey.

Des, Vet with special interest in Orthopaedics

Desmond Thompson


Des Thompson retired from practice in October 2009, after providing almost 50 years of veterinary care to the general public and their pets. He was an innovative practitioner and initiated many revolutionary skills into the province. His 'hobby' was Veterinary Politics and is a former President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and there were few Veterinary Organisations he was not President of. He remains a respected name Nationally and Internationally. We salute you Des, enjoy your cruising holidays!

Alison Hoy

Practice Manager

Alison joined Earlswood as Practice Manager in December 2006 after working for over 20 years in the Corporate IT industry. She has a BA Business Studies from University of Ulster and an IOD Chartered Director's Diploma. In December 2008 Alison achieved her CVPM (Certificate in Veterinary Practice Management) and is now Chairman of the Certification and Training Committee which awards the CVPM qualification. She has a wee 3 year old rescue Westie called Abby

Laura McAllister

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Laura joined the Earlswood team, as a student veterinary nurse in 1997 and qualified in 2000. Laura has a keen interest in pet nutrition and has helped many podgy cats and dogs to lose their weight.

Heather Smith


Heather qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Dublin University in 2003 with first class honours and joined the Earlswood team in 2005. Heather has a keen interest in internal medicine and recently achieved her RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine. Her detailed approach to difficult referred medical cases makes her work invaluable here. Outside of work, Heather enjoys competing at show jumping and has taken part in many competitions throughout Northern Ireland.

Katie Oates

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Katie joined the Earlswood team in August 2006 as a student veterinary nurse. Our congratulations goes to Katie who qualified in January 2011. Katie has a very keen interest in reptiles and is working on developing her skills in reptile care and management.

Charlene Barnes

Practice Administrator

Charlene joined the Earlswood team in July 2007 as receptionist. She has a BSc in Marketing. In November 2009, Charlene passed the animal medicines SQP qualification allowing her to work in our pharmacy. Charlene enjoys producing the quarterly newsletter for the practice, keeping the website up to date and is currently working on Earlswood's corporate brochure. Her smile and sense of humour gives us all a lift.

Siobhan Menzies

BVM&S, LFHom(Vet), MRCVS Accupuncture & Rehabilitation

Siobhan qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Edinburgh University in 1990 and since has completed and passed exams in Homeopathy in the UK and Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy in the USA. Her skills in these areas and with Acupuncture puts an alternative string in Earlswood's bow. It fits well with orthopaedic recovery following those surgeries and all the many other problems where an alternative approach is required

Lynne Martin


Lynne joined the Earlswood team in 1995. However Lynne was here prior to this, training in animal nursing. Lynne has a keen interest in animals and wildlife, and is always a wanted team member at the Hearing Dogs pub quiz because of her vast factual knowledge. Lynne is also a talented painter and enjoys painting wildlife.

Nicki Thompson

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Nicky qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in January 2000 and came to work at Earlswood in 2011. Her interests lie in Medical and Surgery cases and is a highly skilled Operating Theatre nurse.

Rachel Dunlop


Rachel graduated as a veterinary surgeon from Cambridge University Veterinary School in 1994. After graduation she stayed on to do a PhD in the neurology department and then worked in a leading research laboratory at University College London. After moving to Northern Ireland in 2001, she decided to concentrate on small animal practice and was involved in setting up Hollygate Veterinary Clinic in Carryduff with her husband Greg. Rachel's main interests are in feline medicine, cardiology and diagnostic work. She is currently studying for her small animal medicines certificate.

Martin McGovern


Martin joined us in October 2013 as a receptionist. He has come to us, having worked in the veterinary sector for several years. In his spare time Martin helps on the family farm. He is currently studying for his AMTRA SQP qualification for dispensing medicines.

Fiona McFarland


Fiona qualified from Bristol University in July 2004 and worked in positions in England before returning to Northern Ireland a few years ago. She became an Associate in Earlswood in 2012 filling a position with her skill in Medicine. Her skill is in investigating difficult cases and defining the detail required for a diagnosis. She is interested in ultrasonography and other imaging techniques and soft tissue surgery. Fiona is also a recently elected member of the North of Ireland Veterinary Association Council.

Leanne McLeod

Student Veterinary Nurse

Leanne joined the Earlswood team in September 2011, and started her studies at Greenmount in September 2012. Congratulations goes to Leanne for winning the Student Veterinary Nurse of the year 2014 at the recent nursing awards! So well deserved!


Veterinary Surgeon

Having qualified with credit from Edinburgh in 2007 Steven spent a few years in mixed practice in Wales before pursuing specialisation. A general European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies certificate in Ophthalmology followed in 2011 with time working in a first opinion and referral hospital in the West Midlands. Steven moved back to NI in 2012, working at Cromlyn House Vet Hospital where he continued surgical specialisation and took on more complex cases. He joined Earlswood Referrals in 2016 and is studying for the BSAVA certificate in surgery. Steven's compassionate nature, surgical ability and enthusiasm make him a welcome new addition to the team. Outside work he will often be found walking Denzel the border terrier with wife Eleanor and two young children (Wilfred and Constance), tending his bees, or practising mowing with a scythe.