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.


Claire McCabe BVSc 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 is currently working towards completing the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice & Small Animal Surgery.

Victor Manuel Romero-Cazorla

Victor Manuel Romero-Cazorla MRCVS

Victor graduated from Extremadura University, Spain, in 2017. During his last year as a vet student he spent a few months doing voluntary work at Wild Animal Rescue Centres in Spain and the Netherlands, working with a wide range of species such as birds of prey and seals, that needed some help to be released back in to the wild. Looking forward to improving his English and experience in a different field, Victor moved to Hillsborough in Northern Ireland in May 2017 after qualifying to do an internship with dairy cows in AFBI (Agri-Food and Bioscience Institute). After this internship Victor realised he was more interested in the small animal field, so feeling that his English was now improved, he joined Craemill Veterinary Clinic in February 2018, to develop more experience with small animal medical and surgical cases.

In his free time Victor enjoys travelling and walking in the countryside and bird-watching.

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.

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.


Joanne Wensley BVMBVS MRCVS

Joanne graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2012 and spent her first two years working in a busy mixed practice in Armagh. She enjoyed the variety and challenges of this job but realised her true interest was in small animals. She then moved to a solely small animal practice for 18 months.

Joanne joined Craemill in 2016 after spending many placements here as a student. She has thoroughly enjoyed working with a great team of vets, nurses and support staff. She has also enjoyed getting to know many of the lovely patients and owners, mainly at our Cookstown branch. In October 2018, Joanne completed the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies in Small Animal Surgery (GPCertSAS). This was a 2 year program comprising both soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery modules and has progressed her skills in both of these area. At home Joanne has a Golden Retriever called Bailey, who enjoys long walks in the countryside. She also has a cat called Mo who is definitely the boss of the house.

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.

Reception Team

Reception Team

Nursing Team

Nursing Team