Our team

What does it take to become a Specialist?

4-5

Years Veterinary College

1

year internship
training

3-4

years residency training

5

Year recertification
required

The European Board of Veterinary Specialisation (EBVS) is the umbrella organisation for the 27 recognised veterinary specialty colleges within Europe 

Our Vets

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. Turlough joined the Veterinary Specialists Ireland team full-time from February 2020 as practice manager.


Dr. Stephen Martin
MVB BSc(Hons) DVMS DECVS MRCVS

EBVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Stephen graduated from University College Dublin in 2013, having previously attained a BSc(Hons) in Biochemistry from University College Cork. Following graduation, Stephen undertook a rotating internship in a large multi-disciplinary referral hospital in the northwest of the UK. Post-internship, a move to general practice and subsequently emergency practice confirmed an aspiration to pursue specialist training in small animal surgery, and to that end, he moved home to undertake a specialist internship in small animal surgery at UCDVH. He commenced as a resident in small animal surgery at University College Dublin in 2016, and completed his residency training in 2020, along with submission of his doctoral thesis on canine antebrachial biomechanics. He remained briefly at UCD as an assistant professor of small animal surgery, before joining the Veterinary Specialists Ireland team. He graduated his Doctoral Studies Degree (DVMS) and successfully completed his ECVS specialist board examinations in July 2021. He has particular interest in the field of trauma surgery, including fracture repair.


Dr. Barbara Kirby
DVM MS DACVS DECVS

American, EBVS and VCI Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Barbara is a Diplomate of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons. After an illustrious career in academia culminating in her Professorship at University College Dublin, Barbara joined the Veterinary Specialists Ireland family in April 2021.
It is an understatement to say Barbara has been instrumental in the training of many surgical interns and residents over her tenure in academia. We are delighted to have a surgeon with Barbara's knowledge, expertise and dedication within our team. Barbara is an Irish Wolfhound aficionado, and Charlie and Síomha can often be found roaming around the grounds of Veterinary Specialists Ireland


Dr. Ciara McGrath
MVB MRCVS

Residency-trained clinician in Emergency and Critical Care

Ciara graduated from University College Dublin in 2014. After completing a rotating internship in University College Dublin in 2015, Ciara embarked on a residency in Emergency and Critical Care at Bristol University. Ciara successfully completed her residency in 2021 and sat her board examinations.
We are delighted to welcome Ciara home to Ireland to launch our medicine services!


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. Lorena Lloret Nadal
DVM CVA CVFT CVCH CVTP MScTCVM

Practitioner in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Lloret graduated as DVM from Murcia University, Spain, in 2002. She is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture, Veterinary Food Therapy, and Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine. She has been a full-time TCVM practitioner for small animals and horses since 2006, offering complementary treatment in conjunction with Western medicine. She is the founder of the Chi Institute of Europe (2008). She is on the Board of Directors of the World Association of TCVM representing Spain, and Co-Chair at the Curricular and Educational Committee of this Association. She is founder and president of AEMVTC (Spanish Association of TCVM). Dr. Lorena was the chief of the TCVM Service of the veterinary teaching hospital of the University Alfonso X in Madrid from 2014-2021. We are delighted to welcome Dr. Lorena to launch the integrative medicine service at Veterinary Specialists Ireland in January 2022.

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Dr. Emma Raftery
MVB

Small Animal Intern

Emma graduated from University College Dublin in 2021 with an honours degree in Veterinary Medicine. Emma hails from Galway and has a keen interest in neurology and surgery. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her two dogs, Bell and Millie, and has a rescue cat, Louis.


Dr. Julia McCarthy
MVB

Small Animal Intern

Julia graduated from University College Dublin in 2020 with an honours degree in Veterinary Medicine. She spent a year in general practice in Tipperary before joining our intern team for the 2021-2022 programme.


Dr. Marian Prior
DVM

Small Animal Intern

Marian graduated from Budapest University with a degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2021.


Dr. Jack Owens
MVB

Small Animal Intern

Jack graduated from University College Dublin in Veterinary Medicine in 2018. He spent a year working in Ontario, Canada and then returned to small animal general practice in Cork before joining our intern team for the 2021-2022 programme.

Our nursing team

Olivia Flanagan
BSc RVN CertVNECC

Registered Veterinary Nurse

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.


Eimear Geoghegan
BSc RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Eimear graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Nursing in 2018. She spent two and half years as a Rotating Veterinary Nurse in UCD Veterinary Hospital before coming to join Veterinary Specialists Ireland in 2020. She is currently studying for my certificate in Emergency and Critical Care. She enjoys intensive patient nursing and strives to provide the best care for our patients.


Ciana Hall
BSc RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Ciana graduated from University College Dublin with a degree in Veterinary Nursing in 2020. After a short spell in general practice, we were delighted when Ciana joined our nursing team in January 2021. Outside of veterinary medicine, Ciana has a keen interest in camogie and Gaelic football, and has played for the Kildare Senior Camogie team.


Zoë Clyne
BSc(Hons) RVN CertVNECC Cert (ECC)

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Zoe graduated from Athlone Institute of Technology in 2010 with a BSc in Veterinary Nursing and in 2012 with a BSc (HONS) in Veterinary Practice Management. Zoe worked for several years in general practice and then became lead veterinary nurse in the Pet Emergency Hospital from 2018-2021. She is a part-time lecturer in the veterinary nursing programme in Dundalk IT. We were delighted to have Zoe join our team in April 2021.


Lauren Brady
BSc(Hons) RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Lauren graduated from University College Dublin as a veterinary nurse in 2020. Following a brief stint in general practice, we were delighted to welcome her to our specialist nursing team in June 2021. Lauren has a keen interest in Veterinary Business and is currently completing a higher diploma in Veterinary Business.


Michelle Foley
BSc RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Michelle joined our nursing team in May 2021. Michelle divides her time between general and private practice nursing


Orla O'Connor

Patient Care Assistant

Orla joined our patient care team in June 2021.

Our client care team

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Krystelle Clynch
BSc(Hons)

Client Relations/Referral Co-ordinator

Krystelle graduated from Munster Technological University in June 2021 with an honours degree in BSc(Hons) in Veterinary Bioscience. As well as a strong interest in veterinary medicine and the biological sciences, she enjoys playing Gaelic football with er local club and reading in the evenings with er cat Gizmo. We were delighted to welcome Krystelle to the team in June 2021.

Juliann Callaghan

Client Relations/Referral Co-ordinator

Having grown up on the back of a horse in Oregon, Juliann moved to Trim in 2000. Since then, she has bred Labrador Retrievers, owned & operated a printing business and a dog boarding kennels, volunteered as Welfare Officer and Transport Officer with a local equine rescue, and worked as a receptionist and vet assistant in both the companion and farm animal sections of a local veterinary practice. Juliann is passionate about the respectful and dignified treatment of all animals. We were delighted to welcome Juliann to the team in June 2021.

Dickie

Welcome Concierge
General Moral Support

When you come to visit you and your pet may be greeted by our very friendly concierge, Dickie.
Dickie joined the family in 2015. His hobbies include chasing rabbits, largely unsuccessfully, and long walks in the countryside. Dickie is proud to be a blood donor for pets in need.

Our adjunct services


Aisling Delaney
BSc (Hons) PgDip Veterinary Physiotherapy

Aisling received her PgDip in Veterinary Physiotherapy from Writtle University College in the UK and now runs a mobile physiotherapy service covering much of Ireland. Aisling works alongside the Veterinary team to support rehabilitation of the animal through a patient-centred holistic approach. She has a keen interest in furthering her knowledge base and has recently signed up to start a Level 3 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy. Outside of work, Aisling enjoys being outdoors and spending her time with her two dogs, Tobi and Tilly, and her horse Bob

Facilities


Catherine Walsh

Catherine joined our team in September 2021.

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