meet the team


Originally founded by the late Noel McCrea BVM&S MRCVS

After qualifying from The University of Edinburgh in 1970, Noel worked as a locum in the Mid-Ulster area before going to work for Roy Kirkpatrick in Ballymena. There he gained grounding in the work and general running of a mixed practice, which was of great benefit to him for the future. In 1972, Noel set up a practice with John Hutchinson, based in Coagh, Co. Tyrone. It initially began as a predominantly farm animal practice and was where Noel developed his interest in pigs. In the 80's, the premises in Union Street, Cookstown was opened and the small animal side of the practice has evolved ever since with a new purpose built clinic in Magherafelt opening in February 2010. Noel sadly passed away in February 2016 and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.


Colin McCrea BVSc MRCVS

Upon graduation from The University of Liverpool in 2005, Colin joined Nantwich Veterinary Group in Cheshire where he spent 18 months working in a large progressive dairy practice. There he developed an interest in fertility, mastitis management and herd health. In October 2006, Colin joined Craemill Veterinary Clinic to work along side his father, Noel. Since then, he has been actively involved in the progression of the practice with keen interests and experience in all aspects of the dairy and pig industries.


Dr Claire McCabe BVSc CertAVP MRCVS

After qualifying from The University of Liverpool in 2004, Claire worked in mixed practice for 1 year. A developing interest in small animal surgery took her to Liverpool PDSA where she gained extensive experience in both soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery from a very high surgical caseload during her 4 years working for the charity.

Keen to develop her surgical skills and experience to a higher level, Claire subsequently completed an internship in Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery and Orthopaedics at Northwest Surgeons Referral Hospital in Cheshire, including research into canine cruciate disease and speaking at the British Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress.

Claire joined Craemill Veterinary Clinic in March 2010. In addition to her role as senior small animal vet, she is also a clinical coach for student veterinary nurses enrolled on the City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing and regularly does educational school talks on pet care and life as a vet.

Claire has completed the AO Foundation Principles & Advances in Small Animal Fracture Management extending her speciality in orthopaedics and has also been awarded the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice with specialist interests in small animal soft tissue surgery, orthopaedics and dermatology.

Sinead Devlin

Sinead Devlin BVSc MRCVS

Sinead graduated from Bristol University in 2008 and after travelling around South America began her career in a 15 vet mixed practice in South Wales. Sinead enjoyed treating all species and also worked as one of the main vets in the Dogs Trust in Wales.

After realising her main passion was with small animals, she moved to the PDSA charity in Cardiff and enjoyed the varied and busy caseload. Sinead has now moved back to Northern Ireland and enjoys soft tissue surgery as well as interesting medical cases. She looks forward to settling in at Craemill Veterinary Clinic and when not at work will be found out cycling, cooking or exploring the countryside.

Helen Conway  MVB MRCVS

Helen graduated from University College Dublin in June 2014. During her final year of studying, she spent a lot of time gaining experience in small animal surgery and farm animal reproduction. Having grown up on a suckler farm, she has a keen interest in farm animal practice and looks forward to getting out and about on the local farms. Helen also will be working in the small animal clinics and also looks forward to meeting all the pets.

In her free time, she enjoys taking her dog Shadow for runs through the family farm and surrounding countryside.


Kerri Young BVetMed MRCVS

Kerri graduated from London in 2004 and moved back home to Northern Ireland working 3 1/2 years in Mixed Practice in Derry. She set up home with her husband in the Derry area on the family farm and established a family while working as a locum vet in mixed practice for 2 years.

Kerri was then part of a local Small Animal clinic for 6 years. There she enjoyed daily challenges in surgery and general practice, meeting some great characters and their owners along the way! Wanting to widen her knowledge and experience she decided to change scenery and work as a locum in Small Animal Clinics, regularly attending Craemill Vets. Kerri joined the team on a more permanent basis in September 2019.

Outside of her vocation, she is a busy mum who enjoys church fellowship, eating out and a good night of dancing.

Valentin Tsonev

Valentin Tsonev MRCVS

Valentin qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1991 from Trakia University in Bulgaria. After graduation, he started work in mixed practice in Bulgaria until 2014. Val then moved to Northern Ireland and joined Craemill Veterinary Clinic in June 2017. With Val's years of experience, he is looking forward to getting involved in the farm animal practice and has a keen interest in the pig industry.


Valentin Tsonev

Dr Siobhan Barrett BVSc MRCVS

Siobhan graduated from the University of Pretoria in April 2017. Her first year graduated involved working for the South African government providing veterinary services to underprivileged communities of the Northern Cape, South Africa.

In 2018, keen to pursue her true passion, small animals, she joined one of the largest veterinary hospitals in Cape Town. Siobhan decided on a move to Northern Ireland to join the Craemill team in 2020, even bringing her two cats along for the adventure. She enjoys all aspects of small animal practice.

In her time off she delights in exploring the Northern Irish countryside and travelling to new places.

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Kathleen McAlary DVM MRCVS

Kay graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest, Hungary in 2020.

After 5 years studying abroad, she decided she would come home and live and work in her native Mid Ulster.

Kay enjoys medical cases and is excited to develop her skills in surgery.

In her spare time, she enjoys travelling to the beach with her two Springer Spaniels Oscar and Lenny.

Valentin Tsonev

Lydia McAdoo RVN

Lydia joined the Craemill team in 2010 as a Saturday receptionist. Initially Lydia was interested in human nursing, however this quickly changed to veterinary nursing the longer she worked at Craemill. A full time position became available once she had completed all her academic studies and her interest for small animal nursing grew, eventually she was able to attend Greenmount College and completed her veterinary nursing degree in 2019. She is well known in Craemill for her OCD when it comes to cleaning, much to everyone’s delight!

Theatre nursing and wound management cases are her favourite aspects of the job, as it allows practical nursing skills to be put to use and can be positively challenging.

In the future Lydia would love to pursue a small animal surgical nursing certificate which would allow her to perform some surgeries and increase her skills and knowledge in this field.

Outside of work she enjoys looking after her young children, walking and snuggling with her cat Sebastian.

Emma Stafford

Emma Stafford R.V.N

Emma joined Craemill Veterinary Clinic in November 2009. After 2 years of working closely with the Small Animal Vets and Nursing team, Emma developed an interest in Veterinary Nursing. Since qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse and registering with the RCVS in January 2016, Emma was keen to develop her skills and experience further and is now our very own in house dog trainer and runs puppy, dog training & behaviour classes on a regular basis. In her free time, she enjoys farming and walks with her family and two dogs Abbie and Sparky. She looks forward to meeting you and your pets.

Reception Team

Reception Team

Nursing Team

Nursing Team