Our Santry Team

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.
Jean Cullen
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Jean has always had dogs and cats growing up and love of animals led her back to college in her late twenties to study veterinary nursing at UCD in 2006. Jean qualified from University College Dublin in 2009 with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. After qualifying as veterinary nurse Jean spent some weeks in South Africa volunteering at a lion park looking after cubs, meerkats, hyena, wild African dogs, giraffes and ostriches. Jean joined the Anicare team in April 2010 and now mainly works in our Santry branch.

Jean has a gorgeous dog named Adele who joined the family after being found wandering about in a pretty poor sate one bank holiday evening. In her spare time Jean likes to attend concerts or head out on long walks with Adele who is always on the end of a lead happy to keep her company!
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!
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.
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!