MEET THE TEAM

VETERINARY SURGEONS

Richard Lane
MVB MRCVS

Director

Richard is one of the partners. He qualified from University College Dublin in 1981 and worked in Lismore Co. Waterford for 2 years doing mainly dairy and beef practice. He subsequently worked in Wexford Town for a year again in a mixed practice before joining Abbeyville in 1984. His areas of interests, are doing dairy practice especially herd health and vaccination programs. He has carried out a pilot project on Johnes disease control eradication in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Food. Outside of work Richards’s interests include hill walking, fishing and he is also a keen Munster rugby supporter. 

Fergus Smith
MVB CertDHH

Director

Fergus is one of the partners. He qualified from University College Dublin(UCD) in 1992 and worked in a mixed practice in Co. Mayo and West Cork before joining Abbeyville in 1995.His areas of interest are bovine and equine practice particularly herd health, fertility and ultrasonography. He completed a post graduate certificate in Dairy Herd Health at UCD in 2014. He also has a keen interest in small animal medicine. Outside of work Fergus’ interests include cycling, skiing, supporting Munster and Douglas/Carrigaline Rugby and keeping his kids entertained evenings and weekends.

Michael Ryan
MVB

Director

Michael is one of the partners. He qualified from University College Dublin in 1997 and went to England where he worked in small animal practice in Essex and Kent. He then returned and worked in a mixed practice in Co. Kilkenny before joining Abbeyville in 2001. Michael is married to Rose has 4 children. His hobbies include being a taxi driver for the kids and playing bad golf and has also just taken up cycling. Michael’s special interests include orthopaedics and soft tissue surgery. 

 

Donal O Sullivan
MVB CertSAM

Veterinary Surgeon

Donal qualified from UCD in 2010. He spent 2 years working in mixed practice in Northern Ireland, before returning home to Cork to join Abbeyville in 2012. Donal has a special interest in challenging medical cases, dermatology and dentistry. Donal also runs the acupuncture and pain management clinics. In 2018, He completed the UCD post graduate certificate in Small Animal Medicine.

Paul Humphreys
MVB

Veterinary Surgeon

Paul graduated from UCD in 2000. He has spent the majority of his 20 years as a vet in mixed practice apart from 3 years of exclusively small animal work in the north of England. He was working in west Cork for the last eleven years in a mixed practice. In his spare time, Paul has a few cattle and a cavachon Dougal who, along with his wife Deirdre and 2 sons Ruairi and Jacob, keep him on his toes.

Máiréad Foley
MVB MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Máiréad graduated from UCD and joined the Abbeyville team in September 2017. Since joining the practice, Máiréad has developed a keen interest in both small animal and large animal medicine. Máiréad’s interest in veterinary stemmed from growing up on a dairy farm in Kerry. 

Hazell Mullins BVM BVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Hazell graduated from Nottingham University in 2013. She worked in a mixed practice in Kerry and moved to a more cattle focused practice in Bandon, before joining Abbeyville in 2017. Her main interest is dairy cows and she is very passionate about calf health and bovine surgery. Her hobbies include going to the gym, horse riding and has a self proclaimed addiction to shopping and all things fashion. She is also behind the Instagram veterinary blog « vetonthemoove » where she documents her day to day cases and experiences as a large animal vet.

Lisa Buckley
BSc MVB

Veterinary Surgeon

Chloe Dale
BSc MVB

Veterinary Surgeon

VETERINARY NURSES

Sarah Cowhig
RVN

Head Nurse

Sarah graduated from St Johns Central College in 2015. She has been working in the pet care industry since 2011 and  joined the team in 2017. Previously she enjoyed mixed animal practice but now as our Head Nurse she is responsible for the day to day running of the small animal hospital. She has a particular interest in small animal surgery. In her spare time she enjoys music, travelling and outdoor activities.

Joanne Wheatley
RVN BSc

Veterinary Nurse

Joanne joined Abbeyville in 2011. Having qualified from St. Johns Central College she worked in Co. Kildare before returning back home to Cork. She completed her top-up degree in Veterinary Nursing through Napier University in 2017. Her main interests include medical nursing and client support but her hands are usually full helping owners with their insurance and running the Facebook page. She lives in East Cork with her partner, son, their cat Ollie and dog Lenny. 

Ruth Armstrong
RVN

Veterinary Nurse

Ruth is the Nurse who runs our Carrigaline branch. She was born and raised in Carrigaline and joined our team in 2015. She graduated from St. John’s Central College in 2013. She is passionate about weight loss and diets for animals so feel free to have a chat with her if you have concerns about your dog or cat’s weight. Ruth is also familiar with the kennels in the area and is happy to offer assistance in finding the right kennel for your dog.

Lisa O'Kelly
RVN

Veterinary Nurse

Lisa graduated from St Johns Central College in 2010. She joined our team in 2018. Lisa is the large animal nurse and spends her time between our Togher branch and out on the farms assisting our large animal vets. In her spare time, Lisa loves spending time with her son and 2 dogs Frank and Skye.

Chloe Webster
BSc RVN

Veterinary Nurse

Chloe joined the team in 2019. Having completed her Zoology degree in UCC, she continued her studies in Veterinary Nursing in St John’s College and graduated in 2019. She has a particular interest in Animal Behaviour. In her spare time Chloe enjoys spending time with her son and dancing.

Sinéad Kelly
BComm RVN

Veterinary Nurse

Sinéad joined the team in January 2020 after completing her studies in St. John’s Central College in 2019. Prior to studying Veterinary Nursing, she completed her Bachelor of Commerce in UCC. Sinéad has a great interest in orthopaedic and medical nursing. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the gym, listening to music and spending time with her furbabies, Charlie and Minnie

Clara Campion
RVN

Veterinary Nurse

Sally Smith
RVN

Veterinary Nurse

Roisin Millard
RVN

Veterinary Nurse

Róisín joined the team in 2020 after completing her studies in Athlone Institute of Technology. Prior to studying Veterinary Nursing, she completed a degree in Environmental Science in NUIG. Róisín has traveled far and wide but has now settled by Corks lovely Lee. Róisín is passionate about promoting responsible pet ownership. She is also interested in fear free veterinary care. Róisín loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking and kayaking in her spare time.

Aislinn Walsh
RVN

Veterinary Nurse

Megan O'Riordan
SVN

Student Veterinary Nurse

Eimear Houlihan
SVN

Student Veterinary Nurse

Eimear has completed Veterinary Nursing in St Johns Central College and immediately joined the team here in Abbeyville. She completed 2 years work experience here, and we were delighted to welcome her to the practice. Coming on board during the hustle and bustle of the Pandemic, Eimear took in it all in her stride. Eimear hails from Inis Oírr in the Aran Islands, and in her spare time enjoys visiting home on the island where possible and spending quality time with family and their house full of pets.

GROOMERS

Marguerite Murphy

Groomer

Marguerite Murphy studied Animal Grooming and Animal Welfare in St Johns Central College, Cork. With many years grooming experience, Marguerite joined the Abbeyville team in 2015. Marguerite is based in our Togher branch and is proving extremely popular with all our clients.

Danielle Hayes

Groomer

Danielle studied Animal Grooming and Animal Welfare in St Johns Central College, Cork. Danielle joined us in 2017. Danielle is kept very busy in our Carrrigaline clinic.

Emer Kelly

Groomer

Emer qualified from St John’s Central College on completion of a 2 year full time course on canine husbandry/animal grooming. She joined the team in Abbeyville in 2015. With over 7 years of experience Emer is passionate about all of your pets. Emer is dog Mummy to Coco the maltese and they adore each other. Emer hails from the Northside of Cork and in her free time can be found walking Coco or spending time with her fiance Ryan grabbing a bite.

 

Breanne Cleary Mellerick

Groomer

Breanne studied animal grooming in St. John’s Central College and joined the team at Abbeyville in 2018. Her whole life, she has been an animal lover through and through. You can rest assured that your fur baby will be given plenty of attention and time with Breanne as she prides herself on her work. In her free time, she can usually be found walking her own beloved Maggie, the long haired  German Shepherd.

ADMINISTRATIVE & SUPPORT STAFF

Anna Brennan
BSc MSc

Practice Manager

Anna joined the Abbeyville team in 2018. Her role is to manage the hospital and branches working closely with the veterinary surgeons and nurses. Having completed her degree in Zoology from UCC, she continued her studies in UCC to gain her Masters in Management and Marketing. In her spare time she enjoys travelling and spending time with her 3 dogs Dixie, Xena and Fonzy.

Marie O'Callaghan

Assistant Practice Manager

Sarah Murphy

Receptionist

Sarah is our receptionist in Togher, and joined the Abbeyville team in 2018. She has over 20 years experience working with the public and adores meeting all your fur babies. Sarah is a newly-wed to James and in her free time enjoys spending time with her loved ones, road trips and the great outdoors.

Jessica O'Connor

Cleaning Assistant

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