Cedar Grove bids fond farewell to ‘legend’ Gilbert McKnight

Cedar Grove bids fond farewell to ‘legend’ Gilbert McKnight

Cedar Grove Veterinary Clinic has said a fond farewell to director Dr Gilbert McKnight, who has retired after 36 years with the Belfast practice.

Dr McKnight, who has spent the majority of his professional career at Cedar Grove after graduating from Glasgow University Veterinary School in 1987, not only oversaw the practice’s development and expansion but was a much-loved surgeon who loved nothing more than the the day to day involvement with the pets and their owners.

Posting on their Facebook page, Cedar Grove wrote: “Well, what can we say… The day we thought would never happen has arrived, Gilbert is officially retiring from Cedar Grove after being with the practice since July 1987!
“From all of us, thank you for everything you have done. We could not have asked for a better vet, mentor, coach, boss and friend. Always there to lend an ear, a hand and share unlimited knowledge to any of us in need.
“We know how much he will be missed by both staff and clients alike, and we wish him health, happiness and nothing but good things on his next adventures!”

Away from work Dr McKnight enjoys spending time with family and working on the farm and now intends to devote more time to to his twin passions of golf and rugby.

Dozens of colleagues and clients alike rushed to pay tribute, with Denise Elliot saying; “Happy retirement Gilbert. You have cared for so many of my pets over the years. You will be sadly missed by both 2 and 4 legged friends. Wishes all the best.”

Clare Hilditch wrote: “Happy retirement Gilbert! Was great to work with such a knowledgeable and skilled Vet during my student nursing days in Cedargove. All the best for the future, u will be greatly missed about the practice I am sure!! X.”