Meet the Team

Find out more information about our professional team

Howard Whelan

MVB MRCVS

Howard graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1967 and began his career at Noel Ferguson’s practice at the Old Cross in Newtownards. Further progression saw Howard practise as a vet at ‘Whelan, Muskett and Thompson’ operating on the Movilla Road and then as a partner at Jubilee Veterinary Centre, Newtownards. Having a particular interest in equines Howard has practised from his yard in the townland of Ringneill in Comber for several years specialising in the field of equine veterinary science. Howard currently acts as a vet at both Down Royal and Downpatrick racecourse. Howard has also lent his expertise over the years to adjudicate on the veterinary panel at Tattersalls and Goffs Sales. In the past he has held the post of Chairman of the Association of the Irish Racecourse Veterinary Surgeons in addition to being one of its founding members. He has also sat on the veterinary panel at Tattersalls and Punchestown International three day events. Previously he has acted in the capacity of FEI Veterinary delegate at both Necarne and Balmoral Show spanning a period of thirty years. He has acted in the capacity of FEI Veterinary delegate and Veterinary President at the Royal Dublin Show. Further afield, his FEI commitments have included acting as the Veterinary Delegate at the European Jumping Championships in Belgium. He currently spearheads equine welfare on the board of the Equine Council for Northern Ireland where he holds the post of Vice Chairman.

In his spare time (he says what spare time!!) he enjoys following the racing scene, breeding thoroughbreds and managing his yard of youngstock. He also enjoys time spent gardening and has an interest in ornithology.

Christopher R. Akkari

BVMedSci (Hons) BVM BVS (Hons) MRCVS

Chris graduated from The University of Nottingham in 2013. Following graduation he completed an equine internship at the prestigious Oakham Equine Hospital. It was here, working under a very experienced team of surgeons and sports horse practitioners, that Chris developed his passion for imaging, orthopaedic assessments and lameness work ups. Following his year at Oakham Chris moved on to become an ambulatory vet at the world renowned Rossdales. Chris later rejoined the team at Oakham into a position with both ambulatory and hospital based roles. More recently Chris practiced at Tullyraine Equine Clinic where he further developed his interest and experience in lameness and poor performance.
Chris is an accredited FEI treating vet, and has proven experience working at the races at both Down Royal and Downpatrick. Chris looks forward to sharing, and expanding, his experiences with Howard and all their clients at Ringneill.

For the past three years Chris has been an unashamed member of the CrossFit community, socialising, keeping fit and occasionally competing. As a cycling enthusiast in 2010 Chris proudly completed an unassisted cycle from Canada to Mexico in aid of The British Heart Foundation. He received a nomination for the charities “Most Inspiring Award” for his achievements. Aside from fitness Chris enjoys walking with his dogs Oscar and Skoda, who may well become familiar faces around the clinic.

Christopher R. Akkari

BVMedSci (Hons) BVM BVS (Hons) MRCVS

Chris graduated from The University of Nottingham in 2013. Following graduation he completed an equine internship at the prestigious Oakham Equine Hospital. It was here, working under a very experienced team of surgeons and sports horse practitioners, that Chris developed his passion for imaging, orthopaedic assessments and lameness work ups. Following his year at Oakham Chris moved on to become an ambulatory vet at the world renowned Rossdales. Chris later rejoined the team at Oakham into a position with both ambulatory and hospital based roles. More recently Chris practiced at Tullyraine Equine Clinic where he further developed his interest and experience in lameness and poor performance.
Chris is an accredited FEI treating vet, and has proven experience working at the races at both Down Royal and Downpatrick. Chris looks forward to sharing, and expanding, his experiences with Howard and all their clients at Ringneill.

For the past three years Chris has been an unashamed member of the CrossFit community, socialising, keeping fit and occasionally competing. As a cycling enthusiast in 2010 Chris proudly completed an unassisted cycle from Canada to Mexico in aid of The British Heart Foundation. He received a nomination for the charities “Most Inspiring Award” for his achievements. Aside from fitness Chris enjoys walking with his dogs Oscar and Skoda, who may well become familiar faces around the clinic.

Jane Bruce

Equine Veterinary Technician/Administrator

As a graduate of Greenmount College, Jane will support Howard and Chris as an equine veterinary nursing assistant at Ringneill Equine Clinic.

Jane has a keen interest in equine veterinary nursing having previously assisted Howard for a number of years in his practice work.

Jane currently sits on the British Horse Society (Ireland) Committee and has acted as their Welfare Representative for over 12 years. In London in 2012 the British Horse Society awarded Jane an Award for ‘Outstanding dedication to Equine Welfare’. She currently acts as the Northern Welfare Adviser for The Irish Horse Welfare Trust (Wicklow). Jane has previously worked in an equine welfare capacity in Kenya and in South East Spain.

In her spare time Jane enjoys competing and showing her Connemara pony, in a wide variety of disciplines. She has represented Ireland (on the Irish Long Distance Riding Association team) at the Home Internationals in both Scotland and Wales. Aside from equine hobbies Jane enjoys walking her Cavalier Spaniel.

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Address

Ringneill Equine Clinic, 53 Ringneill Road, Comber, Newtownards, BT23 6EF

Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm,
excluding bank holidays