Palmerstown Veterinary Hospital

Palmerstown Veterinary Hospital is a modern small animal veterinary hospital which opened in January 2008 and has grown from strength to strength since. The hospital is designed with animal comfort and safety in mind with the layout enhancing and facilitating daily patient care. Palmerstown Veterinary Hospital is located in Palmerstown village opposite the church at the entrance into the Aldicarpark, is easily accessible from Ballyfermot, Clondalkin, Chapelizod and Lucan and is conveniently located just minutes from the M50. There is an abundance of parking adjacent to the hospital.

At Palmerstown Veterinary Hospital we are devoted to providing a compassionate and excellent standard of care to all of our patients. As pet owners ourselves, we understand how precious your pet is, and we treat all of our patients as if they were our own. We are passionate about animal welfare and strive to meet the needs of our clients and patients, particularly in these challenging times. We are a very friendly practice and are proud of the personalised service and care we provide.

The team at Palmerstown Veterinary Hospital is composed of four highly experienced vets: Susan Barry, Eavan Ryan, Róny Stanley and Jennifer O’Rourke, as well as three dedicated veterinary nurses, Paula Sanfey, Caitriona Higgins and Kate Reddin. Naoimh Newman  is our friendly receptionist, who will greet you when you visit our hospital. We work well as a team and we love what we do, which is reflected in the warm friendly service that we provide. The grooming salon “Paws Solution”, located within the hospital, is run by accomplished groomers Andy and Wei.

With over twenty years of combined veterinary experience there is no problem too small or too large for us to deal with. Our team regularly attends continuing education classes and courses so that we can provide the most up to date medical, surgical and nursing treatments available to our patients. Our dedicated vets and nursing team are always available to listen and give advice if there is something you are worried about or to answer any questions you may have.

Our Palmerstown facilities include two consultation rooms, a fully equipped surgical theatre and preparation room, gaseous anaesthesia, full range X-ray diagnostic facilities, dental machine for cleaning and extractions, in-house laboratory and blood machine for prompt blood results, cat and dog hospitalisation, and an isolation facility. We provide a full range of medical treatments for conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, chronic coughing, skin disease cancer, and a wide range of surgical procedures including orthopaedic and ophthalmic surgeries. In addition, we also offer other wellness treatment options, such as a weight clinic, puppy training and socialisation classes and an on-site grooming salon.

Our state of the art computerised veterinary practice management system allows the staff at all of our branches access to your pet’s history and treatment records, enabling excellent communication between our vets. A grooming salon, “Paws Solution”, is also located within the hospital.

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Susan Barry

Veterinary Surgeon

Susan graduated as a veterinary surgeon from UCD in 2000. She moved to London where she worked in a large companion animal referral centre gaining invaluable experience from the many disciplines within the hospital.

After 3 years she moved back to Dublin and joined the Anicare Veterinary Group. She admired their high standard of veterinary care and quickly settled into the group. While living in Palmerstown, Susan noticed a need for high quality veterinary care in the area and went about developing a practice to satisfy that need.

In January 2008 she opened Palmerstown Veterinary Hospital with the Anicare Veterinary Group.  She is a keen surgeon but equally enjoys working with all medical problems, from the simple to the complicated. She particularly enjoys the social aspect of meeting clients and their pets.

Susan has 3 dogs called Trevor, Roo and Lucy (2 boxers and a boxer crossed with a Saint Bernard), 1 three legged cat called Heather and approximately 25 poultry which are a mixture of hens, roosters, geese and guinea fowl. So as you can imagine her house is bursting at the seams!!

Susan has 3 children. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, running, walking and baking.

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Charlotte Rossor

Veterinary Surgeon

Charlotte graduated from Edinburgh University in 2008. She spent her first few years working in mixed practice in “James Herriot” country in north Yorkshire. After some voluntary work in clinics in India and the Cook Islands, Charlotte returned to the UK to work in small animal practice. After completing a masters in cardiovascular physiology in Glasgow University, Charlotte stayed in Glasgow to work in a busy small animal practice. Charlotte followed her husband to Dublin in 2015 and has worked here since, with a short break to have her daughter in 2016.

Charlotte is qualified in Western Veterinary Acupuncture and half way through studying for a certificate in Veterinary Acupuncture and Chronic pain management.

She has one wonderful cat Sir Lancelot the Grey who moved over to Dublin with her.

Charlotte likes surfing, hiking and running half marathons as it allows her to each as much cake as she wants.

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Róny Stanley

Veterinary Surgeon

From Galway, Róny qualified from UCD in 2006.
After spending 18 months in Connemara in Mixed practice she left for Sydney Australia where she spent 4 years in small animal practice. She then moved to London where she spent another 4 years in small animal Practice and now has moved back home with her husband and two small children.
She enjoys canine and feline medicine and surgery and in her free time hiking and camping.

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Jennifer O'Rourke

Veterinary Surgeon

Jennifer qualified in 2010. She loves all animals, but has a special love of exotic animals, especially rabbits. She is currently studying to be certified in Exotic Animal Medicine so she can take care of all the weird and wonderful creatures that come in the door!

She has two rabbits, Ellie and Jr​, a Roborovski hamster, Bran and a Budgie, Zoey. She previously worked in Blanchardstown until 2017 when she had her little girl, moved to Palmerstown vets to be a little closer to her.

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Paula Sanfey

Veterinary Nurse

A qualified and registered veterinary nurse, Paula completed her studies in the UK in 2008 and worked within the nursing team at an orthopaedic referral clinic in Manchester. After two years she moved back to Dublin and joined the University Veterinary Hospital, UCD and worked there as a member of the small animal medical team. She has gained a lot of experience as a locum veterinary nurse working in various practices including the Dogs Trust and the Veterinary Clinic at the DSPCA.

However, Paula was delighted to take on a new challenge and joined Palmerstown Veterinary Hospital in May 2011 as a full time veterinary nurse. She loves meeting our PVH clients (and their furry companions) and is enjoying being involved in the nursing clinics that are offered at PVH to all clients. She also manages all Palmerstown’s social media, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter page. Paula is also managing the new PVH website.

Paula has 2 kittys, Logan and Taco, who were both rescued as kittens. Paula’s love for cats has led her to further study in all things feline. She is currently completing a Diploma in Feline Nursing, which she is throughly enjoying.

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Caitriona Higgins

Veterinary Nurse

Caitriona joined Palmerstown Veterinary Hospital in July 2011. She has been working as a veterinary nurse since 2002. Caitriona always had a passion to work with animals while growing up. 

Her career started in Scotland in 2002 where she joined her first veterinary practice and since then she has been working in Ireland since 2004 in small animal practices all around the country but mainly in Dublin area. She achieved an award for Highly Commended Veterinary Nurse in association with Stronghold pet awards in 2007.


Caitriona has a retriever named Archie and his incredible good nature has led him to work as a therapy dog with kids who have autism and also in a nursing home. Caitriona feels that Archie has had such a strong impact as a therapy dog and would like to encourage anyone who has a good natured dog to participate with Irish therapy dogs.



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Fiona Powell

Veterinary Nurse

Fiona is our newest member to Palmerstown Veterinary Hospital. From a young age she always wanted to work with animals. Fiona studied veterinary nursing in Athlone Institute of Technology, qualifying with her degree in 2017. During her veterinary career she also obtained awards in the areas of animal care and animal science.

Throughout her training, Fiona worked in both small and mixed veterinary practices in Ireland. Fiona takes great pride in her work and has a keen interest in animal behaviour and surgery, which she hopes to pursue in the near future.

Fiona has a passion for all animals and currently has two pets, a golden Labrador named Cassie and a beautiful cat, which she rescued in 2016 called Joe. In her spare time Fiona enjoys swimming and walking with her dog.

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Claire Thomas

Veterinary Nurse

Claire is a qualified registered veterinary nurse who joined the PVH team in 2015. She received her qualification from UCD in 2006 and later added to this with a certificate in veterinary nursing  of exotic species from  Girling & Frazer in Edinburgh. She is also a certified Royal Canin Pet Health Counsellor and an IWRC wildlife rehabilitator. Claire has over 14 years experience as a veterinary nurse. She has worked predominantly in small animal and exotic practices with some time worked in a mixed practice. Over the years Claire has worked in an exotic specialist, UCD small animal surgery, the Dublin Animal Emergency Clinic and as a locum in Dogs Trust and The Irish Blue Cross. She also spent time working for Royal Canin and was  a branch manager and welfare advisor for a large chain of pet stores.

Professionally Claire’s passions are exotic pets and pet nutrition. At PVH Claire really enjoys dealing with our feline patients and has a soft spot for bully and giant breed dogs. In her free time she enjoys walking with her dog and yoga. Claire currently has 3 pets, a deaf cat named”Looshkin”,a great dane puppy named “Penny” and a carpet python named “Nudge”.


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Laura McGill

Veterinary Receptionist

Laura joined the PVH team in November 2017 after spending 10 years working in the horse industry. Laura is the first point of contact at PVH and she is enjoying meeting all of our wonderful clients and their furry friends.

 Laura loves all animals great and small and currently owns Buddy, a long haired Chihuahua.

 Horses are still a real passion for Laura and she enjoys spending her time with her horse Toby, who she competes with regularly at Dressage. Laura is a qualified horse riding Instructor as well. She started out her training in Kill, Kildare before working in equestrian centres in Kildare, Meath and Wexford

In her spare time, when she is not involved with Buddy or Toby, Laura enjoys pilates and reading.

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