Richard Lane


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’ interests include hill walking, fishing and he is also a keen Munster rugby supporter. 

Fergus Smith


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


Michael is one of the partners. He qualified from University College Dublin in 1997 and went to England where he worked in small animal practices in Essex and Kent. He then returned to Ireland and worked in a mixed practice in Co. Kilkenny before joining Abbeyville in 2001. Michaels area of expertise would be orthapaedic and soft tissue surgery. He is married to Rose and they have 4 children. When he is not working, Michael can be found playing taxi driver to the kids, or cheering from the sidelines, anywhere in the country. They have two dogs, Molly and Trevor, and of course Dave the cat!

Donal O Sullivan

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

Veterinary Surgeon

Paul graduated from UCD in 2000. He has spent the majority of his twenty two years as a vet in mixed practice apart from three years of exclusively small animal work in the north of England. He was working in west Cork for eleven years in a mixed practice while he has been working for Abbeyville for the past five years. In his spare time, Paul has a few cattle and a collie Grizzy who, along with his wife Deirdre and two sons Ruairi and Jacob, keep him on his toes.

Máiréad Foley

Veterinary Surgeon

Máiréad graduated from UCD and joined the Abbeyville team in 2017. Since joining the practice, she has developed a keen interest in both small and large animal practice. Máiréad is currently undertaking a certificate in small animal medicine and diagnostic imaging with the RVC in London. Her interest in veterinary stemmed from growing up on a dairy farm in Kerry. 

Eve Jennings

Veterinary Surgeon

Eve graduated from UCD in 2021 and joined the Abbeyville Team very soon after in July of 2021. She is also currently further undertaking a small animal medicine certificate from UCD. Eve is passionate about small animal medicine, with a particular interest in dentistry and surgery. In her spare time, Eve loves the Great outdoors and sea swimming with her Border Collie Noa.


Ciara Whelan

Veterinary Surgeon

Ciara graduated from UCD in June 2021 and joined the Abbeyville team soon after, in October 2021. Bringing together her love for animals and travel, she spent some time volunteering in a spay and neuter clinic in Thailand. She has a very keen interest in small animal medicine, and in particular, in surgeries. Ciara hails from County Kilkenny and has a golden retriever at home named Molly. In her spare time, Ciara loves spending time at home and in the outdoors with Molly.


Tim Everett

Veterinary Surgeon

Tim grew up on a dairy farm in sunny South Africa. He completed his Bachelors of Veterinary Science (BVSc) at the University of Pretoria in 2018. He has recently made the move to Ireland to gain some work and life experience. He has a special interest in small animal surgery. In his free time, Tim likes to spend lots of time outdoors. He enjoys running, swimming, hiking, fishing and surfing.

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Shona Coombes

Veterinary Surgeon

Shona grew up on a farm in West Cork. She graduated from UCD in 2013, and moved to Scotland where she worked for 4 years in a mixed practice. In 2018, she returned to Cork where she worked in a small animal practice for another few years, before joining the  Abbeyville team in 2022.She has a particular interest in canine and feline medicine. In her free time, Shona enjoys travelling, adventures outdoors, and spending time with her 2 dogs, Henry and Delphi.


Sarah Cowhig

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 Abbeyville team in 2017. Previously, she enjoyed working in both small and large animal care, 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.

Ruth Armstrong

Veterinary Nurse

Ruth graduated from St Johns Central College in 2013 and became part of the Abbeyville team in 2015. She is the nurse who runs our Carrigaline branch, and as she was born and raised in Carrigaline herself, she is very familiar with the area and is always happy to chat about and recommend Kennels and catteries that best fit your pet. Ruth has a keen interest in animal weight loss and diets, so feel free to have a chat with her if you have any concerns about your pets weight. In her time off Ruth enjoys water activities like stand up paddle boarding with her dog Indie and spending time with her family.

Sinead Kelly

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

Jemma Coogan

Veterinary Nurse

Jemma Graduated from UCC in 2020 and decided that her Arts degree wasn’t enough, so she went on to study Veterinary Nursing in St Johns Central College, graduating in 2021. Jemma first came to Abbeyville as student Nurse in 2021 and never left. As soon as she qualified, she joined our team full time! Jemma has a keen interest in surgical nursing, particularly orthopaedics and spends a lot of her time assisting vet Michael Ryan. She also is very interested in Nurse weight loss clinics. In her free time, Jemma enjoys playing hockey and bringing her beloved Bella and Harry for long runs off the lead.


Marta Zalewska

Senior Staff Nurse

Marta studied veterinary nursing at St Johns Central College and graduated in 2015. While working in small animal care since then, she quickly learned the ropes. She joined the Abbeyville Team in 2022 and from here she ventured a little further afield to learn more about large animal medicine and care, though she is still primarily a small animal nurse. She has a very keen interest in surgical nursing, organisation and animal care, as well as assisting students nurses. In January of 2023, Marta stepped into a new role with Abbeyville, as one of our senior staff nurses. In her free time Marta loves Horse riding and enjoys hiking with her fiancé James and her fur babies Buddy and Lou Lou. She can also be found cuddling her cat Walter


Grainne Grainger

Veterinary Nurse

Grainne discovered that she was meant for Veterinary Nurse while studying Animal care, so she went on to Study Veterinary Nursing and graduated in 2020, from St Johns Central College. After Graduating, she worked in a busy mixed practise in West Cork for a few years before joining the Abbeyville team in October 2022. Grainne has a special interest in hand rearing and nursing young kittens. She also enjoys running Nurse clinics and assisting student nurses. Coming from a farming background, she also has an interest in large animal care. In her free time you might find Grainne hiking, or enjoying the great outdoors with her 5 dogs, including the newest addition Lexi the Golden retriever.



Elise Sauer De Araujo

Animal Care Assistant

Elise graduated as a Veterinary physician from the Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil (USFM) in April 2021.. She is currently a Postgraduate student in feline Medicine at FATEC-PR. Elise is from Brazil and moved to Cork,  joining the Abbeyville team in December 2022. She has a keen interest in feline care and animal welfare. In her free time Elise enjoys spending time with her family, and Mabel the cat. She recently adopted Mabel from Munster Lost and Found pet helpline, after falling in love with her on her first day working in Abbeyville. She also has a family cat named Kira, at home in Brazil that keeps her mum company. Elise also really enjoys exploring new places and cycling.

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Grady Sarah Noonan

Animal Care Assistant

Grady studied Animal Care in Mallow College of further Education and graduated in May 2020. She  did her college work experience with us while studying, from 2019 to 2020 and officially joined the team in December 2022. Based mainly in our Large animal department in Togher, she is most often found assisting our Large animal vets with call outs or TB Testing, but can also often be found at reception. She loves meeting all of our clients, both out on the farms and in our clinics. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her 14 year old Yorkshire terrier Marley, as well as reading and baking. She also has a very keen interest in gardening and DIY. 


Emer Kelly

Head 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 her many 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 fiancé Ryan grabbing a bite to eat.


Breanne Cleary Mellerick


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.

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Cait Harrington

Groomer/Animal Care Assistant

Cait graduated from St Johns Central College in 2022. She completed level 5 in Companion and captive animal (Animal Care) and Level 6 in Animal Science and Management. After graduating,  she worked in a Doggy day care facility in Midleton for a while, before joining the Abbeyville team in December of 2022. In her free time, Cait enjoys Rugby and taking her Black Labrador Belle to the beach.


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Danielle Williamson

Practice Manager

Danielle joined the Abbeyville team in 2022. With more than 8 years of managerial experience, across many different sectors, she has learned that her passions lie in customer service, both with people and with your fur babies of course! 
She is best described by her friends as ‘The Crazy cat lady’ where she has a cat at home, once belonging to her nana, called Brigid. In her free time, Danielle can be found horse riding, hiking, working out in the gym, and rock climbing!

Marie O'Callaghan

Assistant Practice Manager

Marie graduated in Veterinary nursing from St Johns Central College in 2000, and joined the Abbeyville team in 2001. In 2005 she took on the title of Practice manager, and she remained in that role until 2018, where due to being a very busy Mum of 4 little girls, she switched to Assistant Practice Manager. In her free time Marie enjoys running and is very often found taxiing the kids to their activities.

Danielle Hayes

Reception Manager

After studying animal grooming at St John’s Central College, Danielle joined the Abbeyville team in 2017. She began her journey as a groomer at our Carrigaline branch; pampering our clients furry friends for over 2 years. Having previous administrative experience, she joined the reception team at our Togher branch in 2020 and in January of 2023 stepped into the title of Reception manager.  In her free time, Danielle enjoys spending time with her family and fiancé Liam as well as her 2 pets, Bailey and Mr Binx.


Aisling Twohig

Large Animal Office Manager

Aisling qualified as a veterinary nurse from Letterkenny Institute of Technology in 2021 and joined the Abbeyville team soon after, mainly working in the large animal department. In January of 2022, she stepped into a new role with us as Large Animal Office manager. Before studying Veterinary Nursing, Aisling completed a BA majoring in Politics and Psychology from UCC. In her spare time, Aisling enjoys playing tennis, going to the gym and spending quality time with her rough haired collie Lady. 


Sarah Murphy


Sarah is a receptionist based mostly in our Little Island branch. She joined the Abbeyville Team in August of 2018 with over 20 years experience in customer service, in many different avenues, so she loves meeting both you and your fur babies! Sarah has a special interest in our growing social media platforms and our online presence. Originally from Mayfield, now living in East Cork with her husband James, in her free time Sarah can usually be found spending time with her loved ones, taking a road trip, or on the beach. She also has a very keen interest in photography, Gardening, reading and singing.


Marguerite MCCullagh


Marguerite Graduated in animal welfare in St Johns Central College in 2007, and subsequently graduated in grooming in 2008. She became a part of the Abbeyville team in 2014, where she helped set up the Groom room in our Togher branch. Having spent more than 15 years in the grooming industry, in 2022 Marguerite changed path and joined the reception team, in our Togher branch. She loves meeting our returning and new clients and is always happy to offer advice. At home, Marguerite is a busy Mum to two Kids!


Miriam Gemelli


Miriam joined the Abbeyville team in October 2022. She works as a receptionist and animal care assistant, mainly in our Togher branch. Before her love for animals took her on a big new career path, Miriam worked in outdoor advertising. Born in Italy , she moved to Ireland in 2008. She went back to college and subsequently Graduated in Animal Care FETAC Level 5 in May 2017 as a vet assistant. Further to that, she studied Animal Science QQI level 6 and graduated in May 2018 as an animal care assistant. A feline lover since she was a little girl, Miriam now has 2 cats named Moka and Cuba. In her free time she loves to spend time with them, and of course her husband Paolo. She also has an interest in Crafting and photography.