Blanchardstown Veterinary Hospital first opened its doors in 2006 and has grown to become an important veterinary health care provider in Dublin. The hospital was developed in an existing building which was extensively redesigned and renovated. The result is a modern, welcoming environment where every aspect has been carefully planned to meet your pet’s needs. Located just off the Main Street in Blanchardstown Village (opposite Ryan’s Garage), it is easily accessible for all pet owners from Blanchardstown, Castleknock, Clonsilla, Mulhuddart, Tyrrelstown, Clonee and the surrounding areas. Because of its close proximity to the M50, the team also frequently works with clients from all parts of Dublin and some from as far afield as Wicklow and Cavan. There is plenty of on-site parking for our clients which helps to minimise stress for both owners and their pets.
We appreciate that continuity of care is important and as such, have assembled a close-knit team to care for your pets. Fintan Browne is the head veterinary surgeon and generally consults and operates on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Fintan has been with Anicare Veterinary Group since 1998 and has been involved with the Blanchardstown branch since the design and planning stage before it even opened. When Fintan is not available, one of the other Anicare vets (normally Zara Cummins) will be on duty. Additionally, our state of the art computerised practice management system allows each staff member complete access to a patient’s history which facilitates easy communication among our vets
Our team of veterinary nurses helps to keep the practice running smoothly. Stephanie, Elaine, Victoria and Erin are on first name terms with most of our clients and are intimately familiar with the many pets that come through our door. This level of personal service and attention is important, not just for client satisfaction, but as a central part of providing genuine and compassionate care to our patients as well.
Our facilities in Blanchardstown include a large waiting room/reception area, two bright consulting rooms, modern comfortable kennels with stainless steel cages, a large surgery prep area and theatre, X-ray facilities, isoflurane gas anaesthesia (which is safe for all patients, particularly geriatric animals and exotics) and an in-house laboratory. We also work with UCD’s veterinary laboratories in Belfield for laboratory tests that cannot be run in-house and the excellent courier service we use means that most of our lab test results are available later the same day.
Consultant Veterinary Radiologist EmmaTobin visits the hospital weekly to perform advanced ultrasonography examinations.
New clients are always welcome! Call us on 01 6409010 for an appointment.
MVB (Veterinary Surgeon)
Fintan Browne graduated from UCD in 1996. He spent a year working in a mixed practice in Dublin before moving to a busy farm animal practice for another year. An exciting part of his career, Fintan got to use all of the elements of his veterinary education to treat a wide range of farm animal species in the beautiful mountains and valleys of South Tipperary.
He still remembers with fondness the easy hospitality of his farmer clients, and the laid-back wisdom of his pipe-smoking boss, Toby Moran. However, he felt his native city calling so he returned to Dublin. He joined Anicare in 1998 and has been with the practice ever since.
Fintan is a committed general practitioner with a keen interest in surgery and dermatology, and an enthusiasm for all areas of companion animal practice. He has a particular interest in the neurological diseases that affect Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and has worked with clients from as far afield as Cavan and Wicklow on these challenging cases. He is also committed to lifelong learning and attends many Continuing Veterinary Education courses to further his skills in a wide range of areas. It is his engagement with continuing education that led to his involvement with Veterinary Ireland, the veterinary profession’s representative body in Ireland.
Fintan has been the chairperson of VICAS (the Veterinary Ireland Companion Animal Society), sat on the Board of Directors of Veterinary Ireland and was a member of the National Council of Veterinary Ireland, and was also on the veterinary nursing sub-committee of the Veterinary Council of Ireland, the profession’s regulatory body. Fintan was also on the local organising committee that is bringing the FECAVA (Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations) 2013 Eurocongress to Dublin.
Fintan has been involved with the Blanchardstown Veterinary Hospital since its early planning stages back in 2006. Converting a suburban dwelling into an effective veterinary hospital was a challenge that he relished and he worked closely with the architect to create a safe and welcoming environment for clients and their pets. Fintan continually works to optimize the layout of the practice to best meet the different needs of the pets that we care for. His commitment to this is evident from the moment you step inside the front door.
When he is not working, Fintan enjoys spending time with his young family and their pet dogs Poppy (who was rehomed from Dog’s Trust in January 2011) and Pip. He has an interest in computers (especially Linux and all things open source), photography, art and design, music, popular science and good coffee.
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Stephanie was born and reared in Blanchardstown. She began her veterinary nursing career by undertaking a course in Killester College, Dublin. It was here that she combined her love for animals with a wealth of knowledge across different areas. She began working in Blanchardstown Veterinary Hospital when it first opened in 2005 and has been there ever since.
Stephanie is on a first name basis with almost all of our clients and patients. She has been known to foster kittens, puppies, wild birds and even hedgehogs. This is how she obtained her three-legged cat Paddy, who also helps when socialising foster kittens.
In her spare time Stephanie enjoys a good book, a great gig and catching up on her fitness with kickboxing. She is currently a blue belt and looking forward to reaching her purple belt.
Veterinary Surgeon MVB
Zara graduated from UCD in 2009. She then spent two years in the UK working in a busy small animal hospital before joining the Anicare team in June 2011. Her particular interests include endocrine disease, skin disease and critical care. Zara, a native of Castleknock has the joy of meeting lots of Anicare’s clients and pets as she rotates around all of the branches.
Zara got a new rescue puppy in 2013 called Maggie, who she absolutely adores. She enjoys behaviour training with Maggie and has done some socialisation and training classes to bring them both up to speed! She enjoys taking Maggie for walks in Phoenix Park in the evenings, and mountain climbing in Wicklow and Kerry on weekends and holidays. Her other interests include hockey and socialising with friends.
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Elaine graduated with a certificate in Equine Studies and Business Management in 2002. From there she started her own business with her best friend breaking and training young horses.
Elaine was offered a grooming position with the Irish show jumping team in 2004. This gave her the opportunity to travel Europe to Nations Cup shows while doing what she loves, caring for animals.
In 2009 Elaine returned to college to study Veterinary Nursing and in 2012 she graduated with her degree from Athlone Institute of Technology. Elaine began working for Anicare Veterinary group in March 2013, six months after the birth of her daughter Caitlin. She really enjoys meeting new people and their furry friends, caring for sick or injured animals and guiding clients through any concerns they may have.
When Elaine is not working she enjoys taking her two rescue dogs (Cassie a Saint Bernard/Husky cross, and Pugly, “The Pug”) for long walks in the park.
Veterinary Surgeon MVB
Veterinary Surgeon MVB
Registerd Veterinary Nurse RVN
Victoria graduated from UCD Dublin with a degree in Animal Science in 2011. Following a change of heart in her choice of career she went back to college in 2013 to study Veterinary Nursing in the Athlone Institute of Technology graduating top of her class in 2015 and awarded The Veterinary Council of Irelands Graduate of the Year Award.
She is no stranger to Anicare having completed Professional Work experience on three occasions and the practice can probably take credit for Victoria’s love of animals and for leading her down her career path as she also did her Transition Year work experience here when in Secondary school.
As a child Victoria rescued a stray kitten from under a bush and 15 years later Misty is still with us, Victoria is also the proud owner of a Persian cat and two rabbits and a dwarf hamster.
Victoria is looking forward to working with the Staff and Clients of Anicare for many years to come.
Registered Veterinary Nurse RVN