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


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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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


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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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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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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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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Caoimhe Hearty

Caoimhe a native of Co Louth, graduated from University College Dublin in 2014.  After graduation she  completed a medical nursing internship at UCD’S  veterinary teaching hospital where she gain invaluable knowledge and experience that complemented and enhanced what she had learnt as an undergraduate. Ever keen to learn and progress Caoimhe  decided to make the move to London where she gained extensive knowledge working in a busy veterinary hospital for 3 years.  Caoimhe has a great interest in nursing clinics and patient care. She has two dogs at home, Scrappy who is a Yorkshire terrier cross and Jack a jack Russell. 

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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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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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Ms Elizabeth Gray

Following graduation from UCD (class of 2014) Elizabeth went on to complete a small animal rotating internship in Canada. Since then she has been working in a small animal practice in the south west of England but is now delighted to return home and join the Anicare team! She has a keen interest in all aspects of the job with particular interests in emergency medicine, critical care and internal medicine. She is currently enrolled in a BSAVA postgraduate certificate in small animal internal medicine and looks forward to using the knowledge gained to help her patients. Her favourite part of the job is meeting all the clients and getting to know them and their pets. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with friends here in Dublin and family at home in County Limerick. She has a Yorkshire Terrier called Pixie and a rabbit called Petra who live at home with her patient family until she can find them suitable accommodation in Dublin.

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