Introducing Our Practice Team 

Everyone at our practice is committed to providing you with the very best in pet healthcare. Our veterinary team bring a wealth of experience to the practice and have individually obtained high standards of professional qualification.


Dr Veerle Browne
Dr Veerle Browne
Principal Veterinary Surgeon
DVM MRCVS
Registration number: 1208121

I qualified in Gent, Belgium in 1989, came to Northern Ireland for what I had planned was two years and nearly thirty years later I am still here! I started off as a mixed animal vet but have been working with only small animals for the last twenty years. I have developed special interests in soft tissue surgery and diabetes. I became principal of the practice in 2000 and am proud to be working with such an excellent team of vets, nurses and admin staff. I am married to Michael and we have three teenage sons. In my spare time I enjoy walking my dog Charlie- the North Coast and the Mourne Mountains are my favorite places. I also spend many hours supporting my sons while they play sport.

Dr Sam Morrow
Dr Sam Morrow
Veterinary Surgeon
MVB MRCVS
Registration number: 1310601

Sam attended Down High school after which he went on to study veterinary medicine at Trinity College Dublin, graduating in 1972. In October of that year he was employed as assistant in MR H G Browne’s veterinary practice. At this point the practice was a mixed one catering for both large and small animals. Under Mr Brown's guidance, Sam gained much experience in both medicine and surgery including spays, castrates, orthopaedic and abdominal surgery. During this time, canine distemper was the main disease in dogs, but with the onset of parvo disease a mass vaccination programme of dogs was undertaken. An outbreak of paramyxo disease in pigeons occurred which involved Sam vaccinating thousands of birds. He was also involved in dealing with a suspected outbreak of foot and mouth disease, two outbreaks of anthrax, clinical tuberculosis in calves, brucellosis abortions and mycoplasma outbreak in dairy heifers imported from Germany. The onset of BSE changed the large animal workload dramatically. He had the privilege of owning and expanding the practice to what Gortlands is today. Sam continues to be part of the team as a clinician

Dr Sofie Lemmens
Dr Sofie Lemmens
Veterinary Surgeon
MRCVS
Registration number: 6441410


Dr Sharon Rankin
Dr Sharon Rankin
Veterinary Surgeon
BVM&S MRCVS
Registration number: 6071677


Dr Jonny Love
Dr Jonny Love
Veterinary Surgeon
BVM&S MRCVS
Registration number: 6193844

Hi, I’m Johnny. I’ve been involved with Gortlands team for 13 years. I’ve enjoyed seeing the practice develop over time with, for example, new technologies such as ultrasound and x-ray and I love working alongside talented and motivated people. Outside of work I have a lovely wife and two great kids. Our pet dog is Angus, a two year old flat coated retriever and we also have a guinea pig called Pom-Pom. I enjoy being involved with a local church and play tennis to unwind.

Dr David Beattie
Dr David Beattie
Veterinary Surgeon
BVM&S CertAVP (GSAS) MRCVS
Registration number: 6424360

After some years working predominantly in Scotland, I returned home to Belfast in 2011. Bringing with me our quirky labrador-with-stumpy-legs that my wife had rescued a number of years previously – he's done quite some miles over the years and maintains a truly remarkable sense of direction (and passion for sheep) into his latter years. I grew up in a home where humans were very much in the minority and semi-feral cats ruled, and have also enjoyed the company of rescue battery chickens in the past. I enjoy all aspects of work as a vet, but nothing beats the cute and quirky pets I'm privileged to meet and care for every day!

Dr Rachel Graham
Dr Rachel Graham
Veterinary Surgeon
BVMS MA MRCVS
Registration number: 1609269

I qualified from Glasgow Veterinary School in 1992 and worked in small animal practice in England first before moving to Northern Ireland in 1997. I have been working at Gortlands since 2010 and enjoy the variety of cases we see every day and working with our pet owners to ensure that their pets get great care from puppy or kittenhood right through to old age. In 2014 I took on the role of ‘Practice Co-ordinator’ which involves things such as staff training, assisting students with placements and health and safety issues. I am married and have three grown up children and a house full of pets – two dogs and two cats. I’m involved in my local church and have recently completed a degree in Theology in my spare time.

Dr Aisling Creed
Dr Aisling Creed
Veterinary Surgeon
BVM&S MRCVS
Registration number: 7064071


Michael Browne
Michael Browne
Clinic Manager


Catherine Morris
Catherine Morris
Veterinary Nurse Student


Susan Latimer
Susan Latimer
Veterinary Nursing Assistant

I joined the Gortlands team in 2008 after completing a National Diploma in animal management. Whilst working in Gortlands I have completed an Animal Nursing Assistant certificate and more recently a qualification in monitoring anaesthesia in small animals. I come from a farming background and have always had dogs or cats (usually both) in my life, currently I have two rescue Jack Russell Terriers -Nessy and Milly- who both have allergies and are on life long medication to keep it under control.

Julie Hogg
Julie Hogg
Veterinary Nursing Assistant

I first came to Gortlands on work experience from school when I was 16 and I am still here 24 years later! I am a nursing assistant but am also responsible for many other aspects of the clinic such as organising rotas, stock control and contributing to the smooth running of the practice from day to day. In my spare time I enjoy baking - often bringing some into work for the staff to share . I have a Bernese Mountain dog called Harry.

Libby Douglas
Libby Douglas
Veterinary Nursing Assistant

I have worked at Gortlands for many years – in fact Mr. Morrow was still practice principal when I arrived! I enjoy many aspects of the job, and especially the variety of animals and meeting all their owners. I have special responsibility for our in-house laboratory and making sure that it is all running smoothly. I own a dog called Marley and a cat called Norman. Norman was a sick kitten that I nursed back to health, putting my nursing training to good use.

Leigh Milford
Leigh Milford
Veterinary Nursing Assistant

My name is Leigh and I started working at Gortlands in 2010. I really enjoy my work here, in particular running the weight clinic and helping pets to lose weight and advising owners on nutrition.Recently I have completed a certificate in monitoring anaesthesia that I find very useful in my daily work and I hope to complete more certificates in the future. At home I have 2 brother cats Sergei and Hudson, they are 3 years old and I love to spend time with them. In my free time I enjoy playing the piano and guitar.

Kathy  Hale
Kathy Hale
Veterinary Nurse Student

Kathy started at Gortlands in September 2013 as a placement student from college. She now works here full time and is in her second year of her Veterinary Nurse training at Greenmount college Kathy owns a golden retriever called Miley which she enjoys taking her for long walks with her family.

Aimee Watton
Aimee Watton
Veterinary Nursing Assistant

My name is Aimee and I work at Gortlands as a Nursing Assistant. I have worked here since December 2015 and enjoy my time here very much. I am one of the weight clinic nurses who review pets that are a bit overweight and give advice as to what we can do to help. I am also doing an anaesthesia course at the moment which will help gain my knowledge with monitoring anaesthetics. I have always loved animals and always wanted to work with animals ever since I knew how to talk. I have one dog called Scamp who is a West Highland Terrier, I love going for long muddy walks with him and going to the beach. My favourite breed of dog is a German Shepherd. I've had German Shepherds throughout my life as I was growing up, I love their loyalty and friendship. I spend most of my time with my family, looking after my niece and nephew and spending time with my friends.

Andrea McGreal
Andrea McGreal
Veterinary Nursing Assistant

I came to work at Gortlands in August 2016 after having spent most of my working life in an office environment. It was always my dream to work with animals and it is a pleasure to finally be doing so, and with such a friendly and dedicated team of vets and nurses. I love all small animals, but in particular cats as I have grown up with them from a very young age and at present am the shared owner of two. I love the diversity of the job and the fact that no two days are the same and I love getting to know our fluffy regulars and their owners.

Lynda Allen
Lynda Allen
Domestic Assistant


Linda Andrews
Linda Andrews
Accounts Administrator


Margaret Else
Margaret Else
Receptionist


Katherine Stirk
Katherine Stirk
Receptionist

My association with the vets began quite a while ago when I brought a pet hamster in to see Mr Browne. Now, many pets later and after a change of name and location , I work here at Gortlands as a receptionist on Friday mornings. I look forward to coming to work as they are a great group of people and there is always a lot going on. I now have four pets at home; Freddie a rehomed lurcher, Odin a flat coated retriever pup and two cats, Monty and Pickle.

Pamela Totton
Pamela Totton
Veterinary Receptionist

I have been working for Gortlands since May 2016. I love all animals and I own a cat called Pebbles who I adore. I'm enjoying seeing all the animals young and old coming into reception and meeting clients. In my spare time I like to spend time with my family.

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