What does it take to become a Specialist?
Dr. Laura Cuddy
MVB MS DACVS-SA DECVS DACVSMR DECVSMR MRCVS
American, EBVS, RCVS and VCI Specialist in Small Animal Surgery
American and EBVS Specialist in Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
Laura graduated from University College Dublin in 2008 with a first class honours degree in Veterinary Medicine. She completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery, followed by a Masters of Science and residency in small animal surgery at the University of Florida (UF). In 2013, Laura joined University College Dublin as Assistant Professor in Small Animal Surgery. She was welcomed as a Diplomate of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons in 2014, and as a Diplomate of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2015 and 2018, respectively. Laura is actively involved in teaching and regularly delivers lectures and practical workshops nationally and internationally. Her research interests include orthopaedic biomechanics, specifically relating to medial coronoid disease in dogs, as well as teaching and proficiency assessment in minimally-invasive procedures. Laura maintains a strong interest in all aspects of orthopaedic, soft tissue, neurologic and oncologic surgery, however, her main clinical interests reflect her advanced training at UF in minimally-invasive techniques, traumatology and rehabilitation of the postoperative patient.
Dr. Turlough Mc Nally
MVB DACVS-LA DECVS MRCVS
American, EBVS and VCI Specialist in Surgery
Turlough graduated with a first degree honours in Veterinary Medicine from University College Dublin in 2008. He completed a surgical internship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, followed by a residency in large animal surgery at the Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital, Ocala, Florida. In 2013, Turlough joined Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital as staff surgeon. He has been an active Diplomate in the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons since 2013. Turlough is actively involved in teaching and regularly delivers lectures and practical workshops nationally. Turlough maintains a strong interest in all aspects of surgery and practice management. We are delighted that Turlough is joining the Veterinary Specialists Ireland team full-time from February 2020 as practice manager.
Dr. Cecilia Villaverde
BVSc PhD DACVN DECVCN
American and EBVS Specialist in Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition
Cecilia graduated from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain in 2000 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine, and subsequently a doctoral degree in Animal Nutrition in 2005. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California Davis for two years, with a focus on feline obesity. She subsequently completed her residency in small animal nutrition at UC Davis. She was welcomed as a Diplomate of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition in 2010. She became adjunct Professor of Small Animal Nutrition at UAB where she was also chief of service of the nutrition support service. She currently works as a consultant clinical nutritionist at Expert Pet Nutrition. Cecilia works with Veterinary Specialists Ireland as a visiting consultant nutritionist.
Dr. Kathryn Cuddy
MVB CertAVP(VD) MRCVS
RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Dermatology
Kathryn graduated from University College Dublin in 2011 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine. She spent four years working in small animal practice in the UK before returning home to Ireland in 2015. Kathryn has always had a special interest in veterinary dermatology, and began further study in dermatology with the University of Liverpool in 2013. In 2016, she achieved her certificate in advanced veterinary practice in veterinary dermatology from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Kathryn is an active member of the European Society of Veterinary Dermatology and the British Veterinary Dermatology Study Group. In 2016, Kathryn established Skinvet Ireland, a dedicated dermatology referral service for pets in Ireland. Kathryn works with Veterinary Specialist Ireland as a visiting consultant dermatologist.
Dr. Lisa McAuliffe
VN BSc BVSc CertVOphthal MSc VAA MRCVS
Lisa McAuliffe qualified with a degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Liverpool in 2003. Lisa was awarded the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 2009 and was awarded her Masters in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia from Edinburgh University in 2019. Lisa moved to Ireland 11 years ago and has since been working exclusively in small animal hospitals - you may have seen her on RTÉ's The Pet Surgeons. She regularly lectures to both vets and nurses. Lisa works with Veterinary Specialists Ireland as a visiting consultant ophthalmologist.
Dr. Carolin Fischer
Small Animal Intern
Carolin graduated from Berlin University with a degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2016. After completing a surgical internship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Kentucky, USA, she moved to Ireland as an intern and then ambulatory vet at Fethard Equine Hospital. Carolin has a specific interest in diagnostic imaging and aims to pursue specialty residency training after her internship.
Our nursing team
Laura had the pleasure of working with Aislínn at Vets Now Emergency and Specialty Hospital in Manchester and was so impressed with her work ethic and skills that she made her move home with her to start up the Veterinary Specialists Ireland team. While Aislínn’s passion lies in anaesthesia and surgical nursing, during her time in Manchester she also completed her certificate in emergency and critical care. Aislínn loves teaching and training, and has been a clinical coach for countless student veterinary nurses. She takes pride in every aspect of her work and aspires to work to gold standard levels in every discipline.
Katie Dunne RVN graduated from Dundalk Institute of Technology in 2016. During her studies, Katie developed an interest in advanced nursing techniques. After graduation, she moved to the UK and spent two years as a rotating nurse at Fitzpatrick Referrals Orthopedics and Neurology in Surrey where she found her passion for all things neurology. She is a pro at providing the intensive nursing care many of our patients, particularly neurological cases, require and takes great satisfaction in seeing them recover.
Amanda graduated from St. Lawrence College, Kingston Ontario, Canada. After working in an emergency clinic for a year in Canada she then moved to New Zealand for two years and Australia for a further year before joining us at Veterinary Specialists Ireland. Amanda has keen interest in physiotherapy and rehabilitation and can often be found in our hydrotherapy room.
Olivia graduated from University College Dublin with a degree in Veterinary Nursing in 2016. She initially worked as a Nurse Intern and then a Junior Rotating Nurse at the University Veterinary Hospital in UCD, followed by a stint in the Internal Medicine Departments. She completed her certificate in Emergency and Critical Care in March 2019. We were delighted to welcome Olivia to the Veterinary Specialists Ireland family in October 2019.