Botanic Veterinary Hospital

Botanic Veterinary Hospital was established some twenty years ago by Michael Hatton. A 1983 graduate of UCD, Michael went on to work in some of the larger veterinary hospitals in London and Hong Kong, later returning to his home town of Dublin. Botanic Veterinary Hospital was founded on the most basic of principles: to provide the highest standards of veterinary and patient care, to show compassion for our patients and their owners at all times and to continually invest and upgrade facilities and equipment to ensure that we provide the best veterinary care possible.

The practice has grown from small beginnings during which time Michael worked with Mary Geary for several years. More recently, Sarah Chambers joined the practice along with a superb team of qualified and caring veterinary nurses. Our regulars know our team of Fay, Jean, Gemma, Rachel and Nessa, as well as our welcoming receptionist, Maria.

Facilities at the Glasnevinpractice include two consulting rooms, operating theatre, preparation area, ultrasound, X-ray, endoscopy, a complete laboratory including haematology, biochemistry and electrolytes and, most importantly, our qualified team of staff who aim to provide lots of TLC to your best friend. All surgery, from routine neutering operations to complicated orthopaedics and internal surgery, is regularly carried out by our dedicated team.

The practice serves an extensive area encompassing Dublin 7, 9 and 11 and includingGlasnevin, Drumcondra and Phibsboro, as well as Cabra, Finglas and Ballymun.
Botanic Veterinary Hospital is located on the Botanic Road in Glasnevin, opposite the Botanic Gardens and just up the road from the “pyramid” church. This was the first branch of Anicare Veterinary Group to be established. It is a fully equipped Small Animal Hospital with on street disc parking. The hospital is open 7 days a week.

We always welcome new patients and their owners! Call 01-8375543 for an appointment.

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Michael Hatton


Michael is from a veterinary family – both his father and grandfather were veterinary surgeons. He qualified from UCD in 1983 and immediately immersed himself in small animal practice. With limited opportunities in Ireland at that time, he emigrated to the UK where he spent some time working in a small animal hospital.

His passion for travel took him further afield to Hong Kong where he initially worked in an established small animal practice and was subsequently involved in establishing what is now one of the biggest small animal hospitals in that country.

Longing to return home, he came back to Dublin in 1990 and upon finding suitable premises in Glasnevin, established the Botanic Veterinary Hospital in 1991.

Michael loves all aspects of veterinary medicine but he particularly enjoys consulting and meeting patients and their owners. He regularly attends continuing education courses and always has the best interests of the veterinary profession at the forefront of his mind.He has always had a keen interest in keeping up to date with the latest developments and trends in the veterinary industry and has continually ensured that Anicare invests in the latest technology and equipment. His stewardship has helped position Anicare at the forefront of veterinary for the past 20 years, not just in Dublin, but in all of Ireland.

Aside from his career, Michael is married to his wife Ann, has two sons, Robert and Harry, and a border terrier named Maggie. He thoroughly enjoys family time and watching his kids play for Na Fianna GAA and Clontarf Rugby Club, as well as walking Maggie. He still maintains a keen interest in travel, loves watching wildlife programs and visiting national parks.

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Sarah Chambers

Veterinary Surgeon MVB

Sarah qualified from UCD in 2006. She hails from Glasnevin, where her father was the local pharmacist until his retirement. Upon graduation, Sarah spent four years working in busy small animal clinics in the UK and Australia.


In 2010 after having participated in work experience and witnessing the practice in Botanic Veterinary Hospital she decided she wanted to return home and join the team! She is a full time member of staff at the Botanic Veterinary Hospital and loves working with staff and clients there.

She loves running and cycling outdoors and one of her favourite things to do is taking trips to the west coast.

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Una Carroll

Veterinary Surgeon MVB

Una grew up in Malahide, and fulfilled her childhood dreams of becoming a vet when she qualified from UCD in 1994.
Following a year as House Surgeon in the UCD Vet Hospital, she moved to Cardiff in South Wales and spent several years with PDSA,in a busy charity clinic. The fast paced and challenging environment was a great training ground and Una gained valuable skills and experience in all aspects of veterinary medicine and surgery, including a spell as manager of the Swansea PDSA.
But being away from home eventually took it’s toll, and in 2013 Una moved back to Dublin with her husband and 2 children.
She joined Anicare in May 2016 and works in our Clontarf, Santry, Blanchardstown and Botanic clinics.
Una particularly enjoys emergency medicine and dermatology. In her spare time she loves exercising(Zumba is a favourite!) and singing with a choir.

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Rachel Rogers

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Rachel qualified as a registered veterinary nurse from UCD in 2014. She began working with Anicare in 2008 and has enjoyed every minute of it. She trained for 3 years before coming to Anicare in a large animal practice in Meath. Even though she loved working with horses and cows her passion was for small animals, even exotics.

Rachel recently got married and has a gorgeous daughter called Robyn.

Rachel likes bringing her dog Lola for walks in her spare time accompanied by her daughter who, even though young is a complete animal lover too.

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Laura Cooley

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Laura graduated in 2012 from Dundalk Institute of Technology after studying Veterinary Nursing for 3 years.

She first began working in Anicare during her second year work placement in college. She enjoyed it so much here she came back for her 3rd year placement. She worked as a locum nurse for Anicare until she was taken on full time in November 2013.

Laura has been an animal lover since she was very young. She grew up with West Highland White Terriers. Her parents bred and showed westies for many years. It is the reason she decided she wanted to work with animals for the rest of her life. Laura did her transition year work placement for 2 weeks in a veterinary practice to ensure it was what she wanted to do.

The first pets Laura owned included hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits. At the moment she has a lot of pets at home. She has three westies Lulu, Lambsy (she looked like a fluffy lamb when she was a puppy) and Pippa. They are three generations of a family tree. Grandmother, Mother and Daughter. She has recently added a Jack Russell Terrier, Ruby, to the mix.

During her second year college work placement, Laura hand reared a kitten from a week old and he still lives with her nearly 3 years later. He is called Arnie. She also recently took in a kitten called Betty. Arnie and Betty spend part of their day playing together and sleeping for the rest.

The last pet Laura has is Wilma, a guinea pig who was found in a shoe box abandoned in a park. She was in good health when she was handed into the clinic. At first she very nervous when Laura took her home but with some love and care she is now happy to be part of the animal family.

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Therese Murphy


Therese has been working as a receptionist with Anicare since June 2013. She loves the day to day enjoyment of meeting people and their pets. Therese has always had a big love for animals so it was always a dream of hers to work with them. From a young age Therese has always had pets including gold fish, hamsters, cats and dogs… she even had a hedgehog that she looked after at one stage! She has two dogs and a slightly overweight cat as well as a little kitten that was dropped into our Botanic branch that she just fell in love with instantly and had to take home. 

Therese really loves working with Anicare as no two days are the same. It’s always lovely to see animals who are sick or injured returning to their family healthy and happy.  

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Amy Walsh

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Amy joined our nursing staff in September 2015. She trained at UCD and graduated in 2014. While she was a nursing student Amy did a lot of her work placement with Anicare in our Botanic branch.

Amy has always been very passionate about animals. She has an 11 year old dog called Browser and also has two pet rats (Spencer and Reid), though they are yet to become best friends! She also has a keen interest in wildlife, especially birds, and has hand-reared some baby birds in the past.

Amy has a particular love for the nursing care aspect of the job. She enjoys making sure our sick patients and patients who are recovering from surgery are warm, comfortable and get plenty of cuddles!

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Aisling Fenton

Aisling is originally from Ashford in Co. Wicklow and graduated from UCD in 2012. Having always been an avid horse lover she entered veterinary medicine thinking she would be an equine vet but after spending a summer as a third year veterinary student working as an assistant in a small animal practice in Ottawa she quickly realised that this was the area that really interested her.
She spent her first 15 months as a new graduate working in a small animal hospital in South Wales before returning home in 2014 to a small animal practice in Wexford where she spent 3 happy years gaining valuable experience. Eventually the pull of home became too much and she decided to move back closer to Wicklow.
She is currently studying for a Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in UCD and although it’s been an adjustment going back to the world of study and exams she has found it has really enhanced her clinical skills and practice.
In her spare time Aisling’s hobbies include horse riding, running and art. She has 3 pets; Mondo, her beloved 13 year old Springer Spaniel that still lives in Ashford where he has the space to run around her parents big garden, Mickey, the 3 legged Chihuahua and Diego, the socially awkward cat from Wales, both of whom are more suited to city life!

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Amy Langan

Amy a native of  Kerry, graduated from UCD Veterinary Facuilty  in 2007. After graduation Amy  worked in a mixed practice in Co Cork for five years. She then moved to a small animal practice in Waterford where she has been working for five years. Whilst enjoying all aspect of veterinary Amy’s particualr interrests are in surgery in particualr soft tissue surgery. Amy holds an ESVPS postgraduate certificate in small animal surgery .  She joined the Anicare team in March 2018. Her favourite part of work is meeting clients and their pets and she looks forward to being part of the Anicare team.

Outside of work a lot of her free time is taken up with her own pets; one dog, one cat and three ponies! She also enjoys catching up with family and friends, reading and yoga. 


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Molly Mulligan

Molly Mulligan joined Anicare in April 2018 having graduated in 2017  as a Veterinary Nurse from St. John’s Central College  Cork. Previous to this Molly had also studied Animal Care in Bray Insistute of Further Education. 
She has always had a keen interest in Animal Care and knew she wanted to be a Veterinary Nurse since she was a kid. Having studied in Cork this gave her some experience with large animals as well as doing work experience in an orthapaedic referals hospital during her studies. 
Molly has previously owned dogs and cats growing up but just currently has a guinea pig called Pol. However Molly is keen to extend her furry family in the future.
She looks forward to building on her education and experience as a Veterinary Nurse with the Anicare Team.

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Jill Ryan

Jill joins Anicare  after returning home from London in summer 2019. She spent the last 4 years working in a busy small animal practice in London.

Jill previously studied interior deign in DIT However after graduating she travelled to Australia where she realised she wanted a career in animal care as she’s always had a love for animals. She moved to London to begin her studies, opting to train to be a veterinary nurse through an apprenticeship route. 

While London has been an exciting adventure once qualified she was eager to come home. 

Also making the move back to Ireland is Mabel, the newest member of the family. She’s a lucky cat she rescued in London that was impossible to leave behind! 

Fingers crossed she gets on with her lab x Cotchi! 


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