2000 Winners

Limerick Vet Wins National Stronghold Veterinary Pet Care Awards

The winner of the inaugural National Stronghold Veterinary Pet Care Award is Marese McDonnell, originally from Athy in Co. Kildare and practising as a veterinary surgeon in Treaty Veterinary Clinic, Thomandgate, Limerick. Marese was presented with the perpetual Stronghold Veterinary Pet Care trophy and a prize valued at £2,000 at an awards ceremony in Citywest in Dublin yesterday (Sunday 26th November, 2000). Second place in the national awards went to Killarney based vet Tom Brosnan (Ark Veterinary Clinic, Killarney, Co. Kerry) and the 3rd national prize went to Tom Rennick from Tirboy, Church View, Tuam, Co. Galway. The judge’s also presented a special award to retired vet Mannix O’Boyle from Ballsbridge for over 50 year’s of dedication to the veterinary profession and in recognition of his long term contribution to pet care as a volunteer to the Blue Cross. Organised by Pfizer Animal Health in association with the Irish Veterinary Journal, this is the first national award programme for vets. Some 238 nominations for the award were submitted by pet owners throughout the country which were then assessed not only on their technical skills but also on their level of care and service to both the pet and the pet owner in each individual case. Speaking at the awards ceremony, Brian More O’Ferrall from Pfizer Animal Health recalled the sentiment that most pets don’t think they are human, they know they are. “Most pet owners hold their pets in very high regard. Their pets are their companions, loyal friends and a very important part of their family. They expect high standards of care for them.” The Stronghold Veterinary Pet Care Awards gave pet owners an opportunity to acknowledge the excellent work done by vets. “Reading through the nominations highlighted just how important the veterinary service is to pet owners. There were happy stories, funny stories, dramatic stories and some very sad stories which ended with the death of a much loved family pet,” said Brian. “However the nominations all consistently highlighted a veterinary profession which has a caring and gentle approach to animals; which is dedicated and professional; and which takes time to listen to a pet owner, explain treatments to a pet owner and often to comfort a pet owner or help them through a difficult decision.” The winner of the Stronghold Veterinary Pet Care Award, Marese McDonell, graduated from UCD Veterinary College in 1990. She originally worked in a large animal practise and then went to work in London in 1994 where she developed her interest in working with small animals and pets. Marese returned to Ireland in 1996, joining Treaty Veterinary Clinic in Limerick, a mixed companion animal and livestock veterinary practice, where she works with a team of six other vets. Marese received a number of nominations for the award, but her winning nomination was from Laura O’Keeffe, Ballynanty, Limerick, for her outstanding care of Tramp, Rusty and Ricki.

Last updated: Monday 27th November, 2000