Meet The Team

Hollygate Veterinary Clinic have a range of experienced veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and support staff. We are all here to help so please do not hesitate to ask should you need us. We are all pet owners ourselves and understand your needs. Meet the team below.

Veterinary Surgeon

Steven Baird BVM&S GPcertOPHTHAL MRCVS
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 as part of the wider referral team 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 practicing mowing with a scythe.

Veterinary Surgeon

Rebecca Martin BVSc MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon

Rebecca qualified with distinction from the University of Liverpool in 2012.  She then spent 3 years in mixed practice before focusing on small animal practice, and in particular small animal medicine.  She is currently studying towards a RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in small animal medicine.

Outside work Rebecca spends her time working with her horse Apollo, and walking her dog Darcey.

Veterinary Surgeon

Ian Millar BVMS, CertVOphthal, MRCVS
Director

Ian qualified from Glasgow University Veterinary School in 1976 and moved to Northern Ireland shortly after.  He joined the Earlswood team in 1980 and always had a keen interest in ophthalmology.  Ian achieved his Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 1984. With nearly 30 years of experience and study of ophthalmology, Ian has gained considerable clinical knowledge and surgical technique in complex cases.  A lot of this is in Intraocular surgery and that unforgiving area of cataract removal.  Having experienced the early days of simple techniques, he finds the state of the art equipment now used a joy to work with.  He sees his complex ophthalmology cases in Earlswood veterinary hospital.

 

As an active member of BRAVO (British Association of Veterinary Ophthalmologists), EVO (European Veterinary Ophthalmologists) and REOVVA (European Network in Veterinary Ophthalmology and Animal Vision), Ian keeps well up to date with current thought. As an eye panel list for the British Veterinary Association since 1985 he believes that identification of inherited eye disease in breeding dogs to be paramount.

Veterinary Nurse

Lesley Ann Lyons RVN SQP
Head Veterinary Nurse

veterinary nurse logoLesley Ann is a highly skilled veterinary nurse who qualified in 1993. She has a vast range of experience and expertise in all areas of veterinary medicine and surgery having held previous positions as head veterinary nurse in other clinics.

As well as her nursing experience she spent some time working for Hill’s Pet Nutrition which has given her superior knowledge of diets and prescription foods and is always available to give advice and help. She runs regular nurse clinics and is particularly skilled at running weight clinics for cats and dogs who have enjoyed a little too much of the good life! Lesley Ann has years of experience in veterinary nurse training and is our clinical coach for our student nurse. She deals with all insured patients and is extremely efficient at processing your insurance claims.

She is married with 2 sons who keep her busy in her spare time, not to mention the large collection of cats, dogs and chickens at home. She also puts a lot of effort into finding stray, abandoned and injured pets new homes.

Alison Galbraith
Receptionist

Alison has been a full time member of staff at Hollygate Vets since it began in 2002 and is therefore well known by many clients.

She is in charge of reception and will be your first point of contact to make any appointments or enquiries. Alison is a trained Pet Insurance Advisor and on hand to give advice on this amongst many other topics.

She is a confirmed animal lover and is greeted warmly by many of our four legged friends as they come through the door. Alison takes great delight in meeting our new puppies and kittens when they first arrive.

Student Veterinary Nurse

Olga Keenan
Student Veterinary Nurse

Olga began her veterinary career in 2011 working in a busy practice.   She qualified as an animal nursing assistant in 2012.  She is currently studying veterinary nursing and plans to complete the course early in 2018.    She is interested in exotic animal and wildlife care, as well as animal behaviour.

 

At home Olga cares her for young son and her menagerie of pets.