Michael Forgie- MVB (Hons) MRCVS
Born and bred in Limavady it isn’t surprising that after graduating from Trinity College, Dublin in 1979, Michael returned home to the family practice. Started by his father in the late 1940s, RVVC back in those days was a predominantly farm and equine practice. Fresh from university and full of enthusiasm Michael began to develop the small animal part of the business and has built it up to what we see today. Michael has a passion for all animals both big and small. He enjoys the clinical challenge that is faced by large animal vets but also, has a special interest in small animal surgery. Spare time is far from frequent but when he does get a chance to take some time off Michael enjoys spending time with his family and trailing antique auctions.
Neal Breen – BVMS MRCVS
Neal graduated from the University of Glasgow, School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. From Portadown originally, Neal was keen to return home after having spent 5 years across the water. As a child Neal was fascinated by animals and even from an early age aspired to become a vet. Like Michael, he enjoys working with both large and small animals relishing the diversity in his job. In his time off Neal is a keen sportsman in particular enjoying both golf and football to a high level.
Rachael Halley – BVMS MRCVS
Like Neal, Rachael was a fellow University of Glasgow graduate. She returned home to follow in her grandfather and father’s footsteps joining the family practice in July 2012. For as long as she can remember Rachael has only ever wanted to be a vet. Throughout her childhood she got plenty of exposure and experience working alongside her father. Rachael’s main passion are small animals and enjoys every aspect whether it be consulting, working up a case or performing surgery. In her spare time Rachael enjoys travelling, socialising and taking her cocker spaniel “Archie” for walks on the beach.
Sarah Cole BVMS MRCVS
Joining the team in July 2016, Sarah added to the already Glasgow Vet School bias we have at the clinic. Sarah was born into a farming background and grew up working alongside her dad at the family farm which sparked her early interest in animals. In her spare time Sarah is a keen hockey player and is a regular on the Priorians squad Also, as would be expected with her bubbly nature she loves socialising and taking care of her exceptionally photogenic dog “Phoebe”.
Orla O’Mahoney BA VetMB MRCVS
Local girl Orla is not a stranger to Roe Valley Veterinary Clinic. Having spent several years with us on work experience at university, we knew she would be the perfect fit to the team when she qualified as a vet. Orla enjoys working with both large and small animals with a particular interest in internal medicine. Outside of work Orla is a keen gym goer and loves spending time with her beloved rescue kitten “Gustaf”.
Naoimh Toner- RVN
Local girl Naoimh, qualified as a Veterinary Nurse from Greenmount Agricultural College in 2003. After taking some time off to start a family she joined Roe Valley Vet Clinic in October 2012. Naoimh is ready and willing to tackle anything that comes through the door whether it be a feisty cat or an exotic pet. Her clinics that she hosts on a Tuesday evening are extremely well attended and she is always full of useful advice on how best to care for your pet. When she is not working, Naoimh has her hands full with 3 young children, 2 dogs, a horse and a husband to look after!
Laura Feeney – SVN
Laura is a daughter of a local farmer and has been brought up with animals since she was a young girl. After finishing school in 2010, she undertook a work placement at RVVC and has been with us ever since. Currently, Laura is at Greenmount College studying Veterinary Nursing. Outside of study and work, Laura enjoys helping her dad on the farm, looking after her two pet calves and Jack Russell dog. Last but by no means least, she loves country and western music and spends her weekends going to see the latest local acts.
Cathy is one of RVVC’s longest staff members having put up with us for over 15 years!! Being well known for her bubbly nature Cathy’s laugh is sure to be heard echoing through the building on a daily basis. Clients love to see her familiar face and she has built up strong bonds with many of the customers. In her free time Cathy loves socialising and looking after her Labradors, Poodle and Persian cats.
Nora is another longstanding member of the team having joined us in early 2005. After working as a Pharmacist for over 20 years, Nora felt she wanted another challenge in life and having a keen interest in animals she thought of no better place than RVVC. Having recently become a grandmother most of Nora’s free time is taken up but she also, enjoys being a leader in the local Rainbow Scouts and doting on her Irish Wheaten Terrier “Connie”.
Joan began her working life as a medical nurse but soon after marrying Michael over 30 years ago she started work in RVVC. She continues to work on with us today and after having 2 vets in the family she feels like she has nearly gone through vet school herself. Outside of working life she is sure to never be without her cocker spaniel “Archie” in tow.
Emily’s first introduction to RVVC was at the young at of 14 when she completed her Duke of Edinburgh services with us. After this she began working in reception on Saturdays where she developed her aspiration of becoming a Veterinary Nurse. Emily enrolled at Greenmount College in September of this year and we are delighted she has decided to join the veterinary team. At home Emily has a chocolate lab, two yorkies and her cat Tigger to keep her busy. In between looking after them, school and work she still manages to fit in time for her daily run – it’s no wonder she is the size she is!!