Clontarf Veterinary Hospital

When Clontarf Veterinary Hospital first opened its doors in August 1995 it’s mission was to put the care of your pet first – always. Since then many things have changed but not our commitment to the welfare and well-being of all the creatures, great and small, that come through our doors.

As a result Clontarf Veterinary Hospital and its team has grown to become one of the most respected veterinary health care providers in the NorthDublin servicing areas from Malahide to Marino. Our growth has been fuelled by three fundamental beliefs that govern everything we do, every day, all day.

First, the welfare of your pet is our first concern. As pet owners and long-time animal lovers ourselves we know what it’s like when the pet you cherish is sick and unwell. So everything we do is aimed at helping your pet get well and stay well.

Second, veterinary care changes– new innovations and revelations mean there are better ways to treat your pet being uncovered all the time. We know this and so we constantly invest in new equipment, new treatments and cutting edge education for all our staff. Our hospital is equipped with an operating theatre, X-ray facilities, ultrasound, endoscopy, blood pressure monitoring, air-driven dental station, pulse oximetry and modern gas anaesthesia. Our investment means that you can rest assured that your pet gets the best treatment available every time.

Third, it’s not just about sickness – your pet has lots of needs – from socialization and training to preventive care that helps them keep well and get the most out of life. So our hospital offers much more than veterinary “fixes”. Our staff are trained in all aspects of animal welfare and we offer services such as puppy training classes, weight watchers, nutritional advise and our fully trained nurses are always at hand to given you helpful hints and advice on the care of your pet.

Located at the Marino end of the Malahide Road near Graingers Pub, Clontarf Veterinary Hospital is easily accessible from the surrounding areas of Fairview, Clontarf, Marino, Donnycarney, Beaumont, Santry, Raheny, Donabate as well as Malahide and Howth.
At Anicare Clontarf we are proud of what we do and proud that we do it well.

Sick or well come visit us soon.

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Tanis Turley

MVB MRCVS

From early childhood Tanis always knew she wanted to be a vet. In fact legend has it that she informed her teacher on her first day at school that when she grew up she was going to be a vet! Growing up in the foothills of the Mourne Mountains – a place still close to her heart – her passion for animals was clear from an early age as she surrounded herself with pets of every type – from cats, dogs and ponies to tadpoles and frogs. 

Always the first to nurse a sick animal or convince her family to take in yet another stray Tanis’ child hood dreams became a reality when she graduated from University College Dublin in 1987 as a veterinary surgeon.

After a period spent working in the greater London area Tanis returned to Ireland and joined Anicare in 1995. She became a partner two years later and with Michael Hatton, Anicare’s founding member she helped develop Anicare from the one-man practice it was then to the multi-branch, multi-discipline veterinary practice that it is today. Her love of animals and dedication to their welfare is well recognised. She is a past overall winner of the prestigious Nationwide Stronghold Veterinary Petcare Award and has been highly commended in a number of subsequent years.

Now based in Anicare’s Clontarf Veterinary Hospital, she enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine with a particular interest in internal medicine and practice management. Always keen to keep up to date with changes in the profession Tanis regularly attends continuing education lectures and seminars both in Ireland and overseas. She has also completed courses in internal medicine and diagnostic imaging with Sydney University Post- graduate Foundation in Veterinary.

In the past she has been an active member in veterinary organisations as well as a committee member of VICAS (Veterinary Ireland Companion Animal Society).  Tanis is currently a member of the UCD Veterinary Faculty  External Advisory Board.  Outside of work she enjoys sports, both as a participant and a spectator, and is particularly fond of tennis and hill walking. Her more leisurely interests include the preforming arts and travel.

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Elaine Croke

Registered Veterinary Nurse

A native of Co Laois, Elaine grew up on a farm where she was surrounded by animals from an early age. She has always been passionate about animals and it is this that lead her to a career in veterinary nursing

In 2009 Elaine graduated from Athlone Institute of Technology as a Qualified Veterinary Nurse. In addition to this Elaine choose to extend her studies and qualified a year later with a degree in Agricultural Science.

After graduation Elaine worked in a mixed practice in Co Kerry where she was involved in the care of all creatures great and small. 2012 she moved to Dublin and joined Clontarf Veterinary Hospital.

Elaine is one of the younger and most recent employees at Clontarf Veterinary Hospital but she has soon made herself an invaluable part of ‘Team Clontarf’

Elaine enjoys all aspects of veterinary in particular medical nursing and post-operative care.     She also runs our Puppy Training and Socialisation classes ensuring that your new puppy gets the best start in life.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, exercising, travelling and socialising.

She also enjoys spending time with her dog Jessie – a prior native of Kerry, who now enjoys spending her days running around the green fields of Laois.

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Colm deBarra

Veterinary Surgeon MVB

Colm joined Anicare Veterinary Group in early 2016. As a UCD graduate from 2008, he brings with him several years experience working in small animal veterinary practice. Having cut his teeth as a farm animal vet in County Meath, he then spent 6 years in Melbourne, Australia. While there, he developed an interest in surgery and complex medical cases.
 
In his spare time, he enjoys walking the family dog, Rocky. Having played hurling for most of his life, he has now ‘retired’ to golf, mountain climbing and cycling.
 

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Maeve Deady

Qualified Veterinary Nurse

The daughter of a diplomat Maeve grew up in  many different countries from Africa to North America before returning to settle in Dublin. Independent of geography she was always surrounded by animals and knew from an early age that she wanted to care for them. Whilst living in Tanzania Maeve rescued a young Bushbaby – a small primate and  nursed him back to full health before returning him to his natural habitat.

Maeve did work experience in Clontarf Veterinary Hospital as a transition year student and it was at this time she adopted her cat Misty who is now the grand old age of eighteen. Maeve also has a cat Max a youthful five year old whom she hand reared from three weeks of age after he was abandoned in a plastic bag on the doorstep of Clontarf veterinary Hospital.

Following on from her transition year, Maeve was employed by Clontarf Veterinary Hospital as a veterinary nursing assistant during her summer holiday for a number of summers before starting work full time in 2006. Maeve then enrolled in the University College Dublin Veterinary nursing course graduated from UCD in 2012 with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing and is now a Registered Veterinary Nurse.

Over the years Maeve has successfully hand reared many orphaned kittens. Despite the hard work and night feeds she gets great satisfaction watching them grow and finding good homes for them. Maeve enjoys all aspect of veterinary nursing. She is also a keen horse woman and qualified riding instructor and enjoys nothing better than to get away at the weekend to go on trail rides.

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Darragh Kelly

Veterinary Surgeon MVB

Darragh joined the Anicare team in August 2016. He graduated of University College Dublin in 2007. Darragh initially worked in mixed practice in Co. Tipperary before moving to London to work at the PDSA, a small animal hospital. He has also worked in small animal practices in Ireland and Australia and recently completed a rotating internship at a specialist centre in Birmingham where he spent time gaining further invaluable experience. Darragh has a keen interest in soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery.

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Tracy O’Reilly

Receptionist

Tracy hails from Glemore near Carlingford in Co Louth where she grew up with her three younger brothers and lots of dogs! She has always loved animals and enjoyed working with them. In the past she has worked on her uncle’s farm and with her local large animal veterinary practice where she was employed for eight years. She moved to Dublin in 2003 and joined Anicare Veterinary Group. Initially Tracy’s role was that of animal care assistant where she had a hands on part to play in the day to day care of Anicare’s patients. 

Over the years Tracy’s role within the practice has evolved and she now is the receptionist come ‘practice manager’ in our Clontarf Veterinary Hospital. After many years working with us Tracy is on first name terms with most of Clontarf’s clients and their pets. Our regular clients will recognise Tracy as the first friendly face they see as they enter our clinic at 66 Malahide Road Clontarf.

Tracy is always happy to answer your call, schedule your appointment, make up your pet’s repeat prescription or order food for you. As well as this Tracy ensures on a day to day basis that Clontarf Veterinary Hospital runs smoothly with her excellent practice management skills. For Tracy, it is the overwhelming urge to take animals out of pain and into comfort that makes working at Clontarf a labour of love. There is nothing more rewarding than to see a “not-feeling-too-good” puppy or kitten return to the clinic a few weeks later back to their old selves. Outside of work Tracy has a cat called Goose.In her free time she enjoys reading, listening to music and going to gigs. She is also an ardent fan of batman. 2013 sees Tracy celebrate her first decade with Anicare Veterinary Group – we look forward to her being part of ‘Team Clontarf’ for many years to come.

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Eimear O’Brien

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Eimear is a native of Dublin where she lives with her parents and younger brother. She first came to our veterinary hospital with her dog Jessie. The Clontarf veterinary team made a lasting impression on Eimear and so the seed was sown – Eimear knew she would dedicate her life to the care and comfort of animals.  

Initially she  completed a course in animal care at Killester College Dublin. Whilst studying in Killester Eimear did her work placement in Clontarf Veterianry Hospital where she quickly proved herself to be a perfect fit with the Clontarf team. Always a smiling face for our  clients and a warm hand and heart for our pets. On foot of this she was welcomed into the Clontarf team full time when she qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse from Dundalk Institute of Technology in 2014 .

Eimear has a particular interest in behaviour and welfare. She has fond memories of Alfie a cat who had sustained horrific head and mouth injuries resulting in him requiring a long stay in Clontarf Veterinary Hospital.  Eimear’s one on one care played a big part in nursing Alfie back to full health. She recalls the bitter sweet moment of seeing this delightful cat whom she had grown so fond of happily returned to his home and family. 

Having  been a client for over a decade, and experienced first hand the care and attention the practice gives to animals in its care, she now thoroughly enjoys giving that same care and one of a kind experience back to you – the Clontarf client. Outside of work Eimear enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the cinema and out for meals. She also enjoys music and watching TV in particular animal programmes such as Animal A&E and The Zoo. She also enjoys books on animal behaviour. 

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Niamh Mc Evoy

Niamh was born and has lived in Dublin her entire life. She has always had a passion for animals both pets and wildlife and knew she would work with them in the future. She found her love for veterinary nursing volunteering abroad in a wildlife rehabilitation centre in south africa. After returning home Niamh completed the animal care course in Killester college and went on to complete the veterinary nursing course in Dundalk institute of technology. Niamh will be the newest member of our nursing team when she graduates in November.         Niamh has two dogs, a cat and two newts. She looks forward to continue building on her education and experience as a veterinary nurse.

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Erin Morrish

Registered Veterinary Nurse RVN

Erin was born and raised in South Africa before moving to Ireland in 2009. She has always wanted to be veterinary nurse, and was accepted into UCD after completing a course in veterinary assistance at Killester College. After graduating in 2016, she joined the Anicare team as a registered veterinary nurse.
 
Erin is the proud owner of a tripod rabbit, Malcom, who unfortunately had to have his leg removed after an accident when he was a baby. She enjoys watching movies snuggled up with Malcolm on her lap. In her spare time, she can also be found cycling or playing games on her computer. She loves to travel and is always looking to go abroad.
 
Erin is really excited about her future career, and hopes to continue her studies in other aspects of veterinary nursing.

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