2007 Judge’s Selection

Stronghold™ Veterinary Pet Care Awards 2007

 

Organised by Pfizer Animal Health

in association with the Irish Veterinary Journal

Judge’s Selection

 

The National Stronghold Veterinary Pet Care Awards invites pet owners and members of the public to submit nominations by writing about the care and work of their veterinary teams.

 

This year nominations were received about a wide variety of pets and animals.  Stories were written by pet owners as well as by rescue centres and animal welfare organizations.   Nominations were received for individual veterinarians; for veterinary nurses and support staff; and for entire veterinary practices.

 

The following is a selection of nominations received from members of the public for 2007,  which the judges feel give a flavour for the very real stories behind the Awards.  These are presented in alphabetical order (by county) with an index preceeding the full stories.  The order of presentation in no way relates to the results of the 2007 Awards.

 

The names and personal details of the pet owners who submitted the nominations have deliberately not been included here.  Media enquiries to Progress Communications tel 01-2766117 or  email info@progresspr.ie

 

Index to Judge’s Selection

CLARE

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Roseville Veterinary Clinic, Ennis Road, Newmarket on Fergus, Co Clare – Vet Louis Hassett and vet nurse Trish Tel   061-368536

“What is special about Roseville is not the country thatch, but the people under it.”  

 

CORK

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Aardveld Veterinary Clinic, Ballydehob, Co Cork – Vet Tim O’Leary    Tel 028-37180

“She followed me everywhere and indeed was my “very best” friend….”  

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Abbeyville Veterinary Hospital, Togher Road, Cork – vet nurse Lisa O’Donovan  Tel 021-4317019

“Following Homer’s death, Lisa rang almost every day (at her own expense) to listen, sympathise, talk about our beloved, loving dog……Without her unbelievable support and help it would have been even more difficult than it has been to have lost him….”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Abbeyville Veterinary Hospital, Togher Road, Cork – vet nurse Lisa O’Donovan  Tel 021-4317019

“ I know without a shadow of a doubt that my husband and I would not have been able to care with such an ill dog without the knowledge that we had Lisa in support….”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Animal Care Hospital, 14 The Fingerpost, Douglas, Cork – Vet John O’Mahony  Tel  021-4893033

“John saved Misty’s life.  She now runs all over the place on 3 legs and doesn’t even realise she is missing a leg.  ….The accident hasn’t stopped Misty doing what any “4” legged dog does.  She even out-runs our other dog Wilson when they are fetching a ball.”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Animal Care Hospital, 14 The Fingerpost, Douglas, Cork – Vet John O’Mahony & team  Tel  021-4893033

“In April this year, Easter bank holiday, Buddy became dangerously ill.  John still spent that weekend treating Buddy, and again the recovery was miraculous.  Always John would say “enjoy the time you have left…..”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Animal Care Hospital, 14 The Fingerpost, Douglas, Cork – Vet John O’Mahony  Tel  021-4893033

“I started my life as a feral……  I was foraging for food I got a chicken bone stuck in my jaw.  To paint the picture, I was in (their) garden, bald and frothing at the mouth and submitting myself for help (I am sure you will understand this is not easy for a cat).  The people of the house referred to me as that “skanky legged cat out the back”.  They also contacted the Animal Care Society and 2 mornings on the trot before 8.00am a kind lady arrived with a cage to try to capture me….I out foxed them….”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Knockgriffin Veterinary Clinic, Unit 9, Knockgriffin Industrial Park, Midleton, Co Cork – Vet Liam O’Reilly, nurses Trease Gould, Yvonne Kennedy and colleagues Sarah Hearon, Clar O’Brien, Liz and Marie  Tel  021-4613672

“My husband bought Sally Ann for me for my 69th birthday in June, as he knew I wouldn’t stay alone in the house without a dog (result of a stroke)……Today she barks when the phone rings and I’m deaf and I go and answer it.  The door bell she barks again.  I told Liam the dog was my ears.”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Knockgriffin Veterinary Clinic, Unit 9, Knockgriffin Industrial Park, Midleton, Co Cork – Vet Liam O’Reilly & Barbara  Tel  021-4613672

“I have lost my best friend and most loyal companion……However I am happier in the knowledge that over his final months he enjoyed himself without any pain or distress, and we were all able to enjoy the extra time we had with him…..Bruce was a dog in a million and in Knockgriffin Veterinary Clinic, he was treated as just that.”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Knockgriffin Veterinary Clinic, Unit 9, Knockgriffin Industrial Park, Midleton, Co Cork – Vet Liam O’Reilly  Tel  021-4613672

“Unkowns to me, she was struck by a car on the main road causing her serious injury.  The car failed to stop, but a kind lady and her daughter, who were travelling behind, witnessed the accident and stopped to attend to daisy.  They were shocked at what they had seen and at the distress of the dog…..Daisy was, and is, a part of our family, who has brought warmth and love to enrich us all…”  

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Knockgriffin Veterinary Clinic, Unit 9, Knockgriffin Industrial Park, Midleton, Co Cork – Vet Liam O’Reilly, vet nurse Yvonne   Tel  021-4613672

“But the one nurse that stood out for us was Yvonne.  She just has a loveliness and gentleness about her……Some things are hard to put into words but when you come across someone who has a natural kindness, you don’t forget them…”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Knockgriffin Veterinary Clinic, Unit 9, Knockgriffin Industrial Park, Midleton, Co Cork –  vet nurses Yvonne & Therese   Tel  021-4613672

“I had to call them out at 6am Sunday morning as he developed a blood clot.  The support we have received from this practice is amazing……. It’s the care and well being of our beloved cats that matter.”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Mackessy Veterinary Hospital, Demesne,Newmarket, Co.Cork – vet Denis Mackessy Tel  029-60039
”I have a beautiful Bernise Mountain dog named Libby…….I said she could be in pup……I was sick with worry and so were my kids ….after Xraying her again  he said he would operate straight away….my kids and I left in tears…….He rang and said are you missing a baby ELEPHANT and I said O MY God I know what you mean she had swallowed a soft teddy elephant belonging to the kids…………We are now awaiting the arrival of her puppy … and NOT A ELEPHANT… which is due this week PG.”      

 

DUBLIN

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Anicare Veterinary Group/ Botanic Veterinary, 183 Botanic Rd., Glasnevin, Dublin 9 – Vet Fintan Browne Tel 01-8375543

“Fintan was exceptionally skilled, he researched the disease, treatment and outcome extensively.  He was extremely patient, yet he was 100% positive at all times.”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Anicare Veterinary Group/ Botanic Veterinary, 183 Botanic Rd., Glasnevin, Dublin 9 – Vets Fintan Browne, Susan Barry and colleagues Maria  Tel 01-8375543

“During the thirteen years while I had Sammy (rescue cat) the team have been most helpful and understanding.  Sammy had many visits to the practice.  Particularly during the past eighteen months….  “

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Anicare Veterinary Group/ Botanic Veterinary, 183 Botanic Rd., Glasnevin, Dublin 9 – Vet Michael Hatton and all of the team Tel 01-8375543

“They actually have 3 clinics, we have used all – our main one however is the Botanic Clinic. …..The practice has increased in size over the last few years, but due to great management they have not lost that homely and friendly manner. …”

Veterinary Service nominated:

Anicare Veterinary Group/Clontarf Veterinary, 66 Malahide Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3 – team

Tel 01  8330744

“They mix professionalism with care both to my pet and the other visitors to the clinic.”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Anicare Veterinary Group/Clontarf Veterinary, 66 Malahide Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3 – Tanis Turley and team  Tel  01 8330744

“Some people are lucky enough to win the lotto, but I am lucky to have the best veterinary practice in the world right at my doorstep…”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

The Animal Clinic, Ashton House, River Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15 – Vet Syd Nagle  Tel: 01-8383003

“All the practice team but in particular Sydney whose specialist skills, knowledge and simple love of all animals saved our Ridgeback from a sudden, near fatal heart condition. …..A massive fluid build up around his heart distorted it to such an extent that the valve was plopping in & out instead of opening and closing…..”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Animal Welfare Veterinary Hospital, 40 Charlemont Street, Dublin 2 – John Hardy, Michael Brady, Paul Hurley and team  Tel 01 6714303
This is an exceptional practice, where the emphasis is on care. Each vet…..displays the same attitude of kindness, consideration and concern…” 

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Animal Welfare Veterinary Hospital, 40 Charlemont Street, Dublin 2 – John Hardy, Michael Brady, Paul Hurley, Suzie Mitchell, John, Hazel, Grainne and team  Tel 01 6714303
She is very nervous at the visits.  The vets have been very resourceful in suggesting ways to relax her and ger her, her treatment, with tenderness and understanding on an ongoing basis.”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Artane Veterinary Clinic, 124 Raheny Road, Dublin 5 – Vet Nurse Caitriona Higgins  Tel  01-8478044

…Her dream began, learning, working and caring for animals on a daily basis.  As she has a warm personality this shun through to pet owners coming into the practice worried about their little pets…..

But in October 2002, her whole world fell apart…..”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Blackrock Vetinary Clinic, 5 Proby Square,  Carysfort Ave., Blackrock, Co Dublin – Vet Eamonn Moore & Team  Tel 01-2889641
“ …. So why the nomination? Well it seems petty not to, when you think about it. After all, it’s not Eamonn’s fault that the little sod hasn’t tried to do himself in recently and Eamonn is still the same considerate, patient and professional person he was two years ago…”
Veterinary Service nominated:

Blackrock Vetinary Clinic, 5 Proby Square,  Carysfort Ave., Blackrock, Co Dublin – Vet Eamonn Moore Tel 01-2889641
“I know all owners think their dogs are special, but Kruger really was an exceptionally loving, intelligent and gentle dog who will be irreplacable…..

I cannot imagine how we would have dealt with Kruger’s passing if Eamonn had not been such a wonderful vet

. ….we knew he was, even in death, in the best hands possible”.

 Veterinary Service nominated:

Blackrock Vetinary Clinic, 5 Proby Square,  Carysfort Ave., Blackrock, Co Dublin – Vet Eamonn Moore Tel 01-2889641
“It is hoped that most people will have the pleasure of loving someone or something at least once in their lifetime.  I fell in love with a bitch called Lady…..

A dog of no exalted breed, no particular beauty, became for ten years, in many respects, my reason d’etre.”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

O’Scanaill Vet Hospital, Milton Fields, Swords, Co Dublin – vet Conor O’Scanaill   Tel 01-8900380
” …..I phoned Conor at 1.30am (who also has a new baby), not once did he make me feel bad for ringing and trusted my judgment call that Charlie needed to see a vet!    He met me half an hour later on a horrible wet March night…”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Priory Veterinary Clinic, 513 Main Street, Tallaght, Dublin 24 – vet Nikki Caddle and colleague Suzanne
Tel 01 4513577

“One particular occasion was a litter of newly born puppies that were fading no matter what we did.  They arrived with extra heat lamps and after countless visits administering fluid injections over many days the pups made it through….”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

UCD Equine Clinic, Veterinary Surgery Unit, Veterinary Services Centre, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4  – Florien Jenner (Lecturer),  Luanne Hunt  (Surgery Resident), Wilfried Schneeweiss (“Michael”) (Surgery Intern);   and team   Tel  01 7166001

 ”Boo” passed away peacefully in his stable on 14th August, five months after his accident. As far as we can tell he had a heart attack in his sleep and suffered no pain.   He had recovered from his ordeal and spent his last summer at home, with his friends and in his field. Without the staff of UCD I doubt if he would have ended his days in such a quiet manner. Both Florien and Luanne contacted us to express their sympathy at the passing of ‘a great character’ and ‘a real gentleman’….”

GALWAY

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

The Ark Veterinary Clininc, Galway.  46 St Mary’s Road, Galway – Vet:  Aidan Miller  Tel 091-584185
“Our hamster Blanks was growing a tumour in his abdomen and it was getting bigger very slowly……We considered the life expectancy of a hamster and Blanks age (2 ½ years), and thought if it was worth it or not to do it….”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Tom Rennick Veterinary, Church View, Tuam , Co Galway- Vet: Tom Rennick & colleague Carmel

Tel 093-24546
Claddagh has a number of illness’s  but I would not change him for the world neither would I change my vet….”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Western Veterinary Clinic, Clifden Business Park, Galway Rd., Clifden, Co Galway – Vet: Ronad Stanley, colleague Babs and team   Tel 095-22209

“He ran through broken glass windows and the team led by Ronad (vet) saved his life and his leg with great love, tender care and of course professional service…..”

 

KERRY

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

AllCare Veterinary Practice, Park Road, Killarney, Co Kerry – Vets Danny O’Sullivan, Gary Landers and team Tel 064-37333

“….we were always met at the vet practice promptly – even at Christmas and another time at 6.30am in the morning.   I miss my dogs very much but I know they got the best of care…”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Hurley’s Veterinary Hospital, Brewery Road, Tralee, Co Kerry – Patricia Somers and team  

Tel  066-71297560

“When my dog Sonna was in his last few weeks and his legs weren’t great and I myself was ill at the same time, Patricia, one of the nurses, would call to my house daily and give Sonna his medication and take him for a little walk….”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Kenmare Veterinary Centre, Mart Road, Kenmare, Co. Kerry – Henk Offeriens and team Tel 064 42695

We recently lost our eldest dog, Baxter, who had been an animal assisted therapy dog in the U.S…..”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Treacy & Sheehan, 25 Market Street, Listowel, Co Kerry – Vet Paul Treacy Tel 068-21377

“Tiny waddled his way along our lawn during the hot summer of ’95.  He sipped water from the hose-pipe, looked up at us with his big liquid eyes and shared our hearts and home for years to come…..

Last year, the week before Christmas, he became lethargic then went off his food and water.  We knew he was about 13 or 14 years and we felt old-age was about to take him from us…..In two days he began deteroriating more quickly and we tried to prepare ourselves for what would be a very, very lonely Christmas without our little friend……..Paul Treacy will never know the happiness he brought to us……He gave us the greatest Christmas gift we have ever had – the gift of life of an old friend…”

 

KILDARE

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Animals First Veterinary Hospital, Links Business Park, Kilcullen, Co Kildare – Vet: Rachel Gordon

Tel 045-480478

“Benson is getting older now and has since been diagnosed with diabetes……He is almost blind now – it’s amazing how they adapt. ….Benson has had two strokes since but thanks to Rachel and Conor he has bounced back.  He walks every day out the Curragh and trots like a Clydesdale and when we go to Wexford on holiday…..”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Newbridge Veterinary Clinic, Morristown, Newbridge, Co Kildare – Mr D McHenry, Denis Hayes, Mrs S O’Leary, vet nurses Evelyn Eustace and Yuliya Dmytriyeva (“Julia”) and team   Tel 045-421555

“Our little rescue dog, Shep, a collie of approx 2 years, life was saved after suffering near fatal injuries following a vicious attack by no less than 5 dogs…..   The Newbridge staff said he was like a “patch-work quilt” when all his injuries were bandaged…”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Vetcare, Well Rd, Portlaois – Vet Tom Spillane and team Tel 057-8664841
My cat, Granny……she went missing for a while, and when she came home she had a snare around her body and her back leg was hanging off….”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Vet Care, Well Road, Portlaoise, Co Laois – Vet Caroline Wallace  Tel 057-8664841

“My little dog Trixie was recently attacked by 4 other dogs.  It all happened so quickly but by the time I got to her she was covered in blood and was in complete shock and was breathing very heavily….Her injuries were so bad I didn’t think she would make it to the vets that night….”

 

LOUTH

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Animal Health Veterinary Clinic, 5 St. Alphonsus Rd, Dundalk, Co. Louth – Vet: Michael F. J Cahill
Tel 042-9357000
….. One evening while my owner was preparing tea I was just on my way to get food and I had a terrible confrontation with another four legged animal…..My paw was so bad that Michael told me that I would need surgery and that he thought it may have been a fox….”

 

MAYO

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Crossmolina Veterinary Clinic, Chapel Street, Crossmolina, Co Mayo – Eamonn Connor, Vet Siobhan O’Malley, Vet Nurse Julia Collins & Team  Tel  096-31116

“My favourite and best spaniel injured herself on barbed wire on the 6th May this year (bank holiday weekend) and I was in the far west of Mayo in the Nephin Bog mountains.  A local farmer recommended this veterinary practice to me and gave me the phone number….”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Hanaghan Veterinary Hospital, Ballyvary , Co Mayo – Vet: Runa Hanaghan, vet nurse Elisha Fahy & Team  Tel 094-9289007

“When your animal is ill, no matter how minor, it’s an anxious time and I really can rest assured knowing that they are all in such good hands….” 

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Skeldale Veterinary Clinic, High Road, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo – Vet: Conal Finnerty, colleague Aisling Niland and team   Tel 094 95 41980

“our cat Gustav…..is obsessed with technology, whether it is computers, printers, TVs, DVD players, CD players, or whatever. Usually, after one of his ‘close observations’ some part will not be working……   Unfortunately he also has FIV – but this does not stop him in his plans, rather it offers further scope. There is so much interesting and useful equipment in a veterinary surgery!”

TIPPERARY

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

DeLacy, Clancy and Kent, Clonmel Road, Carrick on Suir, Co Tipperary – Vet Ger Clancy

Tel 051-641640
….He is the last of the Customs dogs to be trained in Ireland. All dogs are now bought fully trained from U.K.

….Following a large drug seizure in a wooded area near Dungarvan, Scamp ingested some cannabis as he tried to retreive packages. He was on the verge of dying….”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Mulcair Veterinary Clinic, Newport, Co Tipperary – Vet: Sean Coffey  Tel 061- 378113
” … The only thing that eases the pain of losing a most beloved pet is knowing that she couldn’t have been in better hands…..”
WEXFORD

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Arena Veterinary Hospital, Rocklands, Wexford – Chris Young and team   Tel  053-9142891

“….Then just 2 years ago Sam was knocked down by a car.  Of all the dogs on our road she was watched 24 hours of the day – a real freak accident….”  

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Gubbins & O Shea Veterinary Centre, Distillery Road, Wexford – Vet: Mr Richard Bramley

Tel  053-9145755

“…..My heart was broken having my toy poodle put to sleep at 15 ½ years of his love and constant companionship, but Richard was wonderful about it all. …I’m an O.A.P. so a bit of kindness goes a long way these days and my dogs mean everything to me….”

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Pet Vet, Wexford Rd., New Ross, Co.Wexford – Vet: Annette Quegan
Tel 051 445484
 “Having a pet shapes your life and your lifestyle for the duration of their lives with us. Anyone who has ever had and loved a pet will understand the sadness that is involved when their pet dies….”

Veterinary Service nominated:

Pet Vet, Kerlogue Business Park, Wexford & Wexford Road, New RossAnnette, Caroline, Emma, Brid & Ailish and team Tel 053 – 9126523 & 051-445484

“…..To Caroline who on 12 July ’07 had the unfortunate task of breaking my heart…… My heart is still broken, first time in 51 years.  I don’t have my special friend – a dog….  “

 

WICKLOW

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Bairbre O’Malley Veterinary Hospital, Kilmaintain Place, Bray, Co Wicklow – entire team

Tel 01-2723857

„….Four years ago this month, two boys would enter our lives – Del Boy and Rodney, two red eared terrapins…..As their name suggests, they were a comical pair, the boys were “rescued” as their previous owner received a new go-kart for Christmas and had lost interest in his terrapins……. “

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Cloverhill Veterinary, Glenealy, Co Wicklow  – Vet Gillian Hick, colleague Nicola and team

Tel  0404-44505

…She is not only an excellent vet, she is the most compassionate, considerate and caring person I know.  She is part friend and social worker….”

 

Judge’s Selection

2007 Stronghold Veterinary Pet Care Awards

 

CLARE

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Roseville Veterinary Clinic, Ennis Road, Newmarket on Fergus, Co Clare – Vet Louis Hassett and vet nurse Trish Tel   061-368536

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

There was something about Roseville that was special from the beginning.  Arriving with our adorable puppy Setanta 2 ½ years ago, a gorgeous golden Labrador, we were smitten with the setting.   A tatched cottage in a country village, and were immediately made at ease by Trish the vet nurse who gave a warm and genuine welcome to myself and our three children who wanted to witness Setanta’s first vet visit. It meant a lot to us that our children were so welcome.   The vet Louis was equally as friendly.

 

As time passed and Setanta became a lively handful that we now recognise as typical of the breed, the welcome was no less warm.  Caradh the cat followed last year and Anakin this year…each visit a flurry of small children and animals that one might imagine would be disconcerting for the professionals…On the contrary, we felt at ease on every visit, and it was a special treat for the children.

 

The reason I have put pen to paper essentially is to commend Louis and Trish on their sincere empathy with me on my father’s recent diagnosis of cancer.  In the blurr following the bad news I missed appointments or cancelled at the last minute.  It was then I was made aware of the quiet sympathetic warmth of this team who smiled and reassured me they understood.

 

What is special about Roseville is not the country thatch, but the people under it.

 

I now realise that in order to truly love animals, you must also empathise with their owners.

 

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CORK

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Aardveld Veterinary Clinic, Ballydehob, Co Cork – Vet Tim O’Leary    Tel 028-37180

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

We would like to nominate our vet, Tim O’Leary, because of the exceptional service he gives.  He is a very caring man.

 

I had to have my old Collie put to sleep 10 days ago.  She followed me everywhere and indeed was my “very best” friend.  I rescued her 3 years ago, approx age 16-17 and Tim was treating her for heart failure.   When the time came, Tim came to the house and we discussed the situation and her quality of life.  He is such a gentle understanding vet and always puts the animal first.  He is also fair with bills.

 

My husband is chairman of the Animal Care Society, a small rescue charity in Cork County, which helps all small animals and Tim is always there for us.

 

I would like to nominate Tim O’Leary for an award.

 

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Abbeyville Veterinary Hospital, Togher Road, Cork – vet nurse Lisa O’Donovan  Tel 021-4317019

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

I would like to nominate our veterinary nurse because, in our opinion as a family, she is simply outstanding in every way.   We have known Lisa since she first came to Abbeyville almost 12 years ago – cannot speak highly enough of her in every way, her expertise with the pets (and their owners !), professionalism and understanding is impossible to describe in such a way to do her justice.

 

We have always been aware of this, never more so than in February of this year – 2007 – when our beloved Homer became unwell, was operated on and had to be put to sleep – all in the space of 2 hours.

 

Lisa brought in one of her own dogs to give blood to Homer.  She and Michael Ryan MRCVS stayed in the surgery almost all of the Saturday afternoon before Homer’s operation. During this time they rang us and were with us for a considerable time both after Homer’s surgery and after he died.

 

We were in shock.  Neither Michael nor Lisa could have been more compassionate or sympathetic than if it had been the loss of their own pet.

 

Following Homer’s death, Lisa rang almost every day (at her own expense) to listen, sympathise, talk about our beloved, loving dog.  She had known him from when we first got him.  So it was personal to her too.

 

Without her unbelievable support and help it would have been even more difficult than it has been to have lost him.  Lisa continues to ring regularly and has done so since February, giving advice and general counselling – she has been and is superb.  A wonderful veterinary nurse.

 

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Abbeyville Veterinary Hospital, Togher Road, Cork – vet nurse Lisa O’Donovan  Tel 021-4317019

 

I would like to nominate my veterinary nurse because Lisa is always a tower of strength.  We have had some very serious problems with Keri’s health.  She took ill in March 2004 and was referred to the vet. Hospital at Belfield.  Her illness was extremely sudden  (space of one week).

 

At Belfield she was given a 30/40% chance of survival.  Thankfully she pulled through.

 

In October 2004 she had to have a malignant thyroid tumour removed from her front paw.  During all this time and to date she is on serious medications – mydrea, dilzem, vetmedin and Soloxine (sp).  In late April this year she suffered a major stroke, once again she pulled through.

 

However I know without a shadow of a doubt that my husband and I would not have been able to care with such an ill dog without the knowledge that we had Lisa in support.  She made herself available to us 24 hours a day, seven days a week and never fails to make contact on a regular basis to check on both Keri and the others, even if we are not pestering her in a total panic during the past 2 ½ years – Keri has given us numerous scares but Lisa has always been there to help.

 

Thank you Lisa, We can never repay your kindness and support.

 

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Animal Care Hospital, 14 The Fingerpost, Douglas, Cork – Vet John O’Mahony  Tel  021-4893033

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

On the 3rd February 2007 our dalmation, Misty aged 1 year 3 months was knocked down by a car.

 

We phoned John O’Mahony, our dog’s vet.  He was due to close but he waited for Misty to arrive to assess her condition.  On checking her over he informed us she had nerve damage to her front right leg, 99.9% she would lose the use of her leg and it would have to be amputated.

 

She stayed in his care until the Monday when we collected  her from him.  We brought her home hoping her leg would mend but unfortunately it was not to be the case, as the muscle started to wear away.  We decided to go with John’s decision after a few weeks as Misty’s leg was falling limp and annoying her, so we decided on amputation.

 

We booked her in for the week starting the 5th March but on the eve of the 28th Feb we noticed her paw was infected and starting to rot (the week previous to this we had to dress it daily as her paw was dragging on the ground).

 

First thing next morning we phoned John and told him about Misty’s paw, he told us to bring her over straight away.

 

That morning, he amputated her leg from her shoulder down as the infection was spreading.  John saved Misty’s life.  She now runs all over the place on 3 legs and doesn’t even realise she is missing a leg.  It if wasn’t for John and the care and attention she received promptly from him, we would not have Misty today.

 

Even when my partner brought his Dad’s dog over to his surgery John made it his business to ask how Misty was doing.

 

I would like to nominate John O’Mahony for the care, attention and personal service we received for Misty from him.

 

PS When the accident happened we were heart broken, but so happy now to see Misty running all over the place.  The accident hasn’t stopped Misty doing what any “4” legged dog does.  She even out-runs our other dog Wilson when they are fetching a ball.

 

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Animal Care Hospital, 14 The Fingerpost, Douglas, Cork – Vet John O’Mahony & team Tel  021-4893033

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

I would like to nominate my veterinary team.

 

John has been our vet since 1994.  He has always been a wonderful and competent vet and I have always recommended John and his staff.

 

My story of what I think makes John the no. 1 vet in this country, starts in January 2005.  My springer spaniel, Buddy, was then nearly 14 years.  A dog bowled Buddy over on our walk, and for a day Buddy was very, very quiet.  I drove him down to John and from his examination John diagnosed that his spleen was about to burst from a huge tumour.

 

If this had happened, Buddy would have bled to death in a very short time.  John removed the spleen and for four days kept Buddy in the clinic, even calling into my workplace to keep me informed, and, just talk me through it.

 

Buddy made a full recovery and led a full and active life way beyond our expectations.

 

In April this year, Easter bank holiday, Buddy became dangerously ill.  John still spent that weekend treating Buddy, and again the recovery was miraculous.  Always John would say “enjoy the time you have left.”

 

Buddy was still swimming daily within a week of dying.  A blood test showed his kidneys were collapsing and rather than put my happy dog through any suffering, as John said: “ We will help him on his way.”

 

That happened, with Buddy in my arms, in his own home, on 26th July, 2007.

 

John and his assistant stayed with me for a good twenty minutes after.  The next day he rang to see how I was.

 

On the front of your nomination form you have printed: “care…professionalism….humour….compassion…”

John and his wonderful staff are the very personification of those attributes.

 

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Animal Care Hospital, 14 The Fingerpost, Douglas, Cork – Vet John O’Mahony & team  Tel  021-4893033

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

Good morning.

 

I will give you a very short introduction to myself – my name is Skank McDonald-Landers.  You may think that is not a very attractive name for a cat, but that is where my story begins.

 

I started my life as a feral.  I found myself in a lot of trouble at about 2 / 3 years of age; being in the wrong place at the wrong time….you know how it goes….anyway….

 

I noticed that there was a water bowl outside a particular house, there were cat people and I ingratiated myself on them.  Unfortunately I was not as attractive as their cat (which apparently was also a stray).  To describe myself at the time, I had no hair on my back legs or stomach and was beginning to lose it on my body also.

 

Unfortunately when I was foraging for food I got a chicken bone stuck in my jaw.  To paint the picture, I was in the McDonald/Landers garden, bald and frothing at the mouth and submitting myself for help (I am sure you will understand this is not easy for a cat).  The people of the house referred to me as that “skanky legged cat out the back”.  They also contacted the Animal Care Society and 2 mornings on the trot before 8.00am a kind lady arrived with a cage to try to capture me….I out foxed them.

 

I finally submitted on the third morning and there my relationship with John O’Mahony, 14 The Fingerpost, Douglas East, Cork and his outstanding staff began.

 

I was shipped down there and the McDonald-Landers people assumed that was the end of me.  John checked me out, removed the chicken bone, treated my worms, and gave me a hysterectomy.  He said I was good to go home, he also discovered I was feeding my recently new-born kittens.  I had no home !!! What was to happen ?  He refused to give up on me and wanted me to have a second chance of life.

 

He contacted the McDonald-Landers and requested that they look after me to ensure my babies did not die.  They fed me, restored me to good health and I brought my babies to them.  Once they came of age they were taken again to John, who neutered/spayed them and found them good homes.  My name was shortened from the skanky legged cat, to Skank.

 

About a year later I disappeared for a few days, and dragged myself home.  Back to John, broken leg (back left) – superb care from both John and his staff in my confinement.  It took me approx 5/6 weeks recovery , but I did not give up, I had an obligation to these people not to.

 

Nosiness led to a damaged hip, again my hero John to the rescue, his tenderness and care continued.  Apparently as a result of my irregular bladder movements I have some kind of crystals in my kidneys…back to the vet and “hey presto”…I am cured with special food on John’s advice.

 

I spend 2 weeks of each year boarding in John’s practice when my servants go on holidays – do not get me wrong, I do not like it, but if it was a choice between there and a cattery, John wins hands down all the time – we now have a mutual respect for each other.

 

To surmise, what I would like to say is the following:

 

1)         John O’Mahony gave me a proper chance of life, he suggested the people that found me should care for me – once he had cured me – he did not give up, I firmly believe many others would have

 

2)         He has nursed me through numerous illnesses with dedication and care

 

3)         He has taken care of my babies with his work through the Animal Care Society

 

4)         He along with his dedicated staff look after my 2 week sojourn every year.

 

Through my owners I have a Pure Bred Burmese Cousin.  This cat before conception was guaranteed a life of luxury and pampering.

 

Ironically enough I spent 2 / 3 years in the wild and am now living the same life as this cat, obviously through my owners, but it would never have happened had it not been for John, with his dedication, passion and love of all animals, he is to be applauded – and as you know, not many cats acknowledge humans !! I’m not kidding.

 

My life today consists of sleeping on numerous beds, couches, fresh food at all times, chasing mice and butterflies and above all, a secure future.  Thank you Mr O’Mahony and staff….I will forever be in your debt, you gave me a glorious life.

 

Skank x x x x x x

 

P.S.      All dogs stink like wet carpet.

 

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Knockgriffin Veterinary Clinic, Unit 9, Knockgriffin Industrial Park, Midleton, Co Cork – Vet Liam O’Reilly, nurses Trease Gould, Yvonne Kennedy and colleagues Sarah Hearon, Clar O’Brien, Liz and Marie  Tel  021-4613672

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

Liam O’Reilly who cared for my dog Sally when she was 7 months old she got meningitis and was very, very ill.  Liam cared for her and visited the clinic at 1.00am to check on my TREASURE of a dog.

 

The dog made it and is fit and well today.

 

My previous dog had died as she was 17 years old and my husband bought Sally Ann for me for my 69th birthday in June, as he knew I wouldn’t stay alone in the house without a dog (result of a stroke).  Now Liam knew I had the dog half trained and I was so attached.

 

Today she barks when the phone rings and I’m deaf and I go and answer it.  The door bell she barks again.  I told Liam the dog was my ears.

 

His nurses and staff each and every one, office etc, were all in love with Sally.  She was loose in the office with the girls when my husband called to see how she was as I was too afraid and upset to go.

 

I told Liam O’Reilly I’d like him as a doctor for myself.  He has a lovely kind nature and always in good form.  The dog is 100% well and I love her to bits, as she minds me.

 

Excuse writing please.

 

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Knockgriffin Veterinary Clinic, Unit 9, Knockgriffin Industrial Park, Midleton, Co Cork – Vet Liam O’Reilly & Barbara  Tel  021-4613672

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

I would like to nominate my veterinary team because of the outstanding care and attention they showed to my dog Bruce.

 

Bruce was 8 ½ when he developed a bad cough.  When we took him to our local vet, he was soon diagnosed with a serious heart condition which was at a very advanced stage.  We were expecting to be told we would have to put him down and were dreading the recommendation.

 

However, to the contrary, our veterinary team enlisted the help of an ultra-sound expert, and together they worked out a mix of medication for Bruce to take that would nullify the secondary effects of his disease which were what was causing him great pain and distress.

 

With painstaking efforts, over a period of time, a mix of medication was devised which suited him and he began to respond.  Over the next few weeks he regained weight, and began to lead a more normal lifestyle again.  Whilst he was unable to run or engage in any energetic activity, he was able to enjoy his meals, potter about the garden and spend time with his best friend, our grandson Oscar.

 

Sadly Bruce died a few weeks ago.  In the end his heart just gave up.  But he died quickly and peacefully at home and without pain.  Our house has not been the same since.  I have lost my best friend and most loyal companion.

 

However I am happier in the knowledge that over his final months he enjoyed himself without any pain or distress, and we were all able to enjoy the extra time we had with him.

 

None of this would have been remotely possible without our veterinary team who went above and beyond the call of duty and attended Bruce with such kindness and attention that I have yet to see anywhere else.  Bruce was a dog in a million and in Knockgriffin Veterinary Clinic, he was treated as just that.

 

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Knockgriffin Veterinary Clinic, Unit 9, Knockgriffin Industrial Park, Midleton, Co Cork – Vet Liam O’Reilly   Tel  021-4613672

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

Daisy’s Story

 

Daisy is our six months old Jack Russell bitch (of a slightly questionable pedigree), and off spring of our other pet, Lucky, a grand old lady, who has been since neutered by the vets at Knockgriffin, Midleton, Co Cork.

 

One day last April, Daisy left the garden to follow me as I drove into Cobh.  Unkowns to me, she was struck by a car on the main road causing her serious injury.  The car failed to stop, but a kind lady and her daughter, who were travelling behind, witnessed the accident and stopped to attend to daisy.  They were shocked at what they had seen and at the distress of the dog.  Without a moments hesitation they decided to bring the dog to the vets at Knockgriffin.

 

Liam the vet was on hand to take charge of the situation.  After stabilizing the dog with the necessary infusions, an examination revealed serious injury to the pelvic area.  A series of x rays later confirmed the extent of the injury, namely a crushed pelvis on both sides and a broken femur.  His initial thought was to humanely put the dog down, as there was no one to claim her.  But just as quick, he thought he recognised the dog !  But as the practice covered a large area, he had no idea where to start.

 

Meanwhile, at home the dog was quickly missed and we began a search of the immediate area.  This search grew as friends came  to help, but by night fall nothing was found.   Our kids made up a “lost” poster on the computer, complete with a picture of our dog, and ran off copies for placement on ESB poles and at local shops.  As one day moved to the next, our sadness deepended as we feared the worst.  We hoped that she was alive and that perhaps someone was taking care of her.

 

We called to our local Garda station to report the loss and to give a description of Daisy.  We also contacted the Cats and Dogs home in Cork, but no animal matched her description.  My wife and kids became more upset as the days passed.  Even if someone had said she was dead, it would have been some closure, but nothing was heard.  Daisy had left a deep void in our house by her absence and was sorely missed.

 

Daisy, after three days in the care of the vets of Knockgriffin, was again taken to be put down, but Liam reconsidered as he was sure the dog was known to him.  The staff rallied and began to make phone calls.  Some time later, a phone call to Cobh Garda station produced a positive result.  They passed our telephone number to Liam who endeavoured to make contact.  This was now day five.

 

As he rang our number, he found he was reaching our fax machine.  Undaunted, he sent a fax to enquire if we had lost our dog.  All hell broke lose as we scrambled to make our way to Knockgriffin.

 

We were very upset to find Daisy on a drip in a recovery room.  Liam explained in detail the extent of her injuries and a possible course of action.  “It won’t be cheap”, he said, “but I will do my utmost to give her some quality of life.”  “I’m confident I can help her, even if she ends up with only three legs..”

 

We were devastated, but a three legged dog was better than none.  As regards the cost ?  Well our SSIAs which was earmarked to renovate our bathroom, was about to mature.  Without a moment’s hesitation we agreed amongst ourselves that it should go to look after Daisy.

 

The operation went ahead over two days.  Extensive rebuilding of the pelvis and femur joints was carried out.  Tough ordeals for any dog, but again the staff were brilliant.  All seemed to be willing Daisy on to a good recovery and offered great support to us.

 

We eventually came to take Daisy home.  It was like taking a new born baby.  Everything had to be done for her.  Over the coming weeks Daisy slowly improved.  Our visits to the vets were encouraging each time.  On our final visit, Liam was taken back at Daisy’s progress, as she no longer walked with a “flailing” leg, but running and jumping almost like her old self.

 

Daisy was, and is, a part of our family, who has brought warmth and love to enrich us all.  We are so grateful to the lady and her daughter who stopped to help, to the Garda who logged our details and to the consistent Trojan efforts from the staff at Knockgriffin Veterinary Clinic, Midleton.

 

To you all, THANK YOU.

 

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Knockgriffin Veterinary Clinic, Unit 9, Knockgriffin Industrial Park, Midleton, Co Cork – Vet Liam O’Reilly, vet nurse Yvonne   Tel  021-4613672

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

I would like to nominate my vet Liam O’Reilly for the outstanding care and attention he showed to my much loved Storm.

 

She didn’t have the best start.  We got her at 6 months.  So she was very wary of men.  But for some reason she really trusted Liam from her very first visit, which turned out to be a Godsend for us, because we came to rely on Liam so much over a period of 5 months.

 

Storm had to have surgery for a torn cruciate ligament and developed an infection for which she needed non-stop treatment and medication.

 

During this time Liam gave me his home and mobile number which I had to use and it was never an inconvenience to Liam even on a Sunday or while on his family holiday, day or night.  He would make house calls 2-3 times a week at all times to suit me to change her dressing  By doing this, Storm was kept stress free and secure in her own home and with the least amount of discomfort.

 

She trusted Liam so much not once did Liam put a muzzle on her and she was a big dog, approx 58 kgs.  He could do anything to her, she knew he was only going to do her good.

 

He always explained everything he did to us, so we’d know how to react if anything changed, as we were first time dog owners.

 

I have to say all the staff, nursing and reception are lovely.  Nothing is too much trouble or any bother for them.

 

But the one nurse that stood out for us was Yvonne.  She just has a loveliness and gentleness about her.  During her treatment Storm grew fond of Yvonne and would always know a big rub and petting was on the way while we waited to see Liam.  If Yvonne was busy with work when  we went in, she’d come into the waiting room when she was done for a chat on Storm’s progress and of course a rub for herself.  Some things are hard to put into words but when you come across someone who has a natural kindness, you don’t forget them.

 

Unfortunately Storm wasn’t meant to survive her illness.  But it wasn’t through any lack of trying on Liam’s behalf. His care was ongoing for 5 months between house, veterinary clinic and contact with Dublin.  He was tireless and for this we are forever grateful.

 

I hope sincerely you consider both Liam O’Reilly and Yvonne for your award so they will know how the work they do, is done with so much compassion and means so much to those of us who love our pets so much.  As I feel no words I can write will do justice to them.  But they are held in such high regard.

 

Thank you for giving me this chance to express my heart felt thanks.

 

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Knockgriffin Veterinary Clinic, Unit 9, Knockgriffin Industrial Park, Midleton, Co Cork – Vets Barbara Fleming and Liam O’Reilly, vet nurses Yvonne and Therese   Tel  021-4613672

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

Simon, our most treasured black cat, developed cancer of the thyroid but our vets Liam and Barbara did not give up on him and kept him going for 2 years.  They gave him kindness and attention beyond their professional remit, visiting him at home and keeping him pain free.

 

He died in June of 2007 peacefully with Liam and myself and my husband by his side.

 

Blondie was diagnosed with a detached retina and had to have his eye removed (aged 10 years).  Barbara (vet) did the operation which was a complete success but with a few problems.  Again they were always on hand at the practice to help and advise.

 

I had to call them out at 6am Sunday morning as he developed a blood clot.  The support we have received from this practice is amazing.  Money is not their priority.  It’s the care and well being of our beloved cats that matter.

 

I would love to see the practice receive this award.  They truly deserve it.  We have the best veterinary practice in the country.

 

My husband and I are semi retired now and our cats mean the world to us.

 

Thanking you.

 

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Mackessy Veterinary Hospital, Demesne,Newmarket, Co.Cork – vet Denis Mackessy Tel  029-60039

Reason for Nomination:

 

My vet saved my dogs’ life and I am so greatful to him.   I have a beautiful Bernise Mountain dog named Libby. Libby became very sick and had vomited all her food, when she was not improving during the day I rang the vet which was a Saturday evening and he said bring her in to him.

 

He examined Libby and said she had a slight temperature, he also examined her tummy and said he could find a little lump but I said she could be in pup , he said that yes it was a pup he was feeling . He then scaned her and and there was one pup. At this stage Libby got very sick again all over the floor.He then Xrayed her and could see nothing unusual but said he would keep her for the night and gave her Antibiotics.

 

I was so relieved he was keeping her because at this stage I was sick with worry and so were my kids wondering what was wrong with our poor Libby…………
I collected her the following day as he felt she was a little better and had not got sick anymore.

 

But on Monday she was sick again so after Xraying her again  he said he would operate straight away.The girl in reception said they would take good care of Libby and my kids and I left in tears wondering what he would find when he opened her up…….
He rang and said are you missing a baby ELEPHANT and I said O MY God I know what you mean she had swallowed a soft teddy elephant belonging to the kids…………
He said she was doing fine and was keeping her until the following day.We were all so relieved as we thought she would die……….
I am ever greatful to my vet for saving our Beautiful Libby’s life and for working in such a  very professional and compassionate way with her. The service that he and his wife who is also a vet gave to us was like being in a hospital with one of my kids which indeed that is what she is like to us…..She is our pride and Joy !!!!!!
We are now awaiting the arrival of her puppy … and NOT A ELEPHANT… which is due this week PG.

 

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DUBLIN

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Anicare Veterinary Group/ Botanic Veterinary, 183 Botanic Rd., Glasnevin, Dublin 9 – Vet Fintan Browne

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

The service we received was beyond the call of duty.

 

Fintan was exceptionally skilled, he researched the disease, treatment and outcome extensively.  He was extremely patient, yet he was 100% positive at all times.

 

I also found him to be extremely understanding, displaying empathy and sensitivity all the time.

Excellent vet, to be highly recommended !

 

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Anicare Veterinary Group/ Botanic Veterinary, 183 Botanic Rd., Glasnevin, Dublin 9 – Vets Fintan Browne, Susan Barry and colleagues Maria

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

During the thirteen years while I had Sammy (rescue cat) the team have been most helpful and understanding.  Sammy had many visits to the practice.  Particularly during the past eighteen months.

 

All were so caring and particularly those most often involved in our visits – Susan Barry, Fintan Browne and Maria (desk nurse).  I always felt he was well cared for when he was “boarding”.  He just seemed happy, as he was made a fuss of.

 

They just treat animals as individuals there and owners do appreciate this.  I just want this recognised although my Sammy is gone since last week.

 

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Anicare Veterinary Group/ Botanic Veterinary, 183 Botanic Rd., Glasnevin, Dublin 9 – Vet Michael Hatton and all of the team

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

Dear Sir and Madam

We would like to nominate the whole team of Anicare Veterinary Group.  They actually have 3 clinics, we have used all – our main one however is the Botanic Clinic.

What can we say, only that Mr Michael Hatton’s Team from Vets to nurses and receptionists are outstanding.  Everyone has time for you and your pet. The practice has increased in size over the last few years, but due to great management they have not lost that homely and friendly manner.

We have dealt with all the Vets and have found them great – we never have this feeling ~ that we would prefer one vet over the other – if we have a problem with our cats

We also use their cattery in Blanachardstown and are delighted with the new cattery they have built.

Thanks again to them all for all the help during 2007 and especially with our younger cat Bella who is deaf.

Wish all the team the best of luck

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Anicare Veterinary Group/Clontarf Veterinary, 66 Malahide Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3 – Tanis Turley and team  Tel  01 8330744

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

I would like to nominate my veterinary team in the Clontarf branch of Anicare Veterinary Group.  They mix professionalism with care both to my pet and the other visitors to the clinic.

 

Advertising services by others in the community with animal products and services to offer, thus saving pet owners additional stress during potentially difficult times.

 

Supplying a range of foods appropriate to your individual animal’s care.

 

Showing care for stressed pet owners and visitors with love for the little creatures they care for.

 

Homing or directions for homing centres for potential pet care givers.  I know of several families they’ve completed as a result.

 

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Anicare Veterinary Group/Clontarf Veterinary, 66 Malahide Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3 – Tanis Turley and team  Tel  01 8330744

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

Some people are lucky enough to win the lotto, but I am lucky to have the best veterinary practice in the world right at my doorstep.

 

Every single person in the practice is always smiling, warm and each and every one of them carry out their work in a fantastic way with utter professionalism, helping our cats in the best way – always.

 

Thank you Anicare.

 

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Veterinary Service nominated:

The Animal Clinic, Ashton House, River Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15 – Vet Syd Nagle  Tel: 01-8383003

 

All the practice team but in particular Sydney whose specialist skills, knowledge and simple love of all animals saved our Ridgeback from a sudden, near fatal heart condition. Overnight Sabi filled up with fluid and was not only lethargic but very seriously weak with no appetite -a major issue with Sabi!. He was rushed to the vet and given priority attention, a thorough physical exam and a battery of blood tests. Fluid was drained from his stomach to relieve his discomfort, and a saline drip line inserted. Sabi was slightly improved and remained under observation for the day.

 

Although the practice was particularly hectic, Syd assigned a staff member full time to attend and watch Sabi. He himself checked on him between each patient and arranged an emergency appointment with a heart specialist for a scan next morning. In brief, Syd’s accurate diagnosis, and preliminary care strengthened Sabi enough to undergo a strenuous test regime.

 

A massive fluid build up around his heart distorted it to such an extent that the valve was plopping in & out instead of opening and closing. 500ml of bloody fluid was drained from around his heart in a labourous and lengthy process – all whilst lying conciously awake on the scan table. Sabi was praised for his superb trusting temperament and a patient nature. He is a big hit with the surgery.

 

His recovery was amazing and 12 hours later was improved enough to come back home with us. Four weeks on, he’s his boisterous, happy and active self again. Sabi had a follow-up consultation with Syd and the team recently and he made a bee-line straight in Syd’s open exam room, for a cuddle and hug.

 

Thank you Syd, your quick, knowledgable and caring response undoubtedly save Sabi’s life. On behalf of Joan and I and our other 3 Ridgebacks we are delighted to be afforded this opportunity of expressing our ‘heart felt’ thanks and appreciation.
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Veterinary Service nominated:

Animal Welfare Veterinary Hospital, 40 Charlemont Street, Dublin 2 – John Hardy, Michael Brady, Paul Hurley and team  Tel 01 6714303

Reason for Nomination:

 

This is an exceptional practice, where the emphasis is on care. Each vet, from John Hardy to Richard (now sadly departed for Cork) to Michael Brady and Paul Hurley, displays the same attitude of kindness, consideration and concern.

 

They have an awareness of pet/owner relationship and a real understanding of how important this is to the well-being of every animal they treat.  Time is never an issue here – each vet will spend as much time as is needed with their patients, no matter how crowded the waiting room is.

 

There is never a sense of reduced care if the animal in question is old (as my cat is) – in fact if anything the level of treatment is increased, as they understand the distress caused by illness in a pet who has spent a long lifetime with their owner(s).

 

I know Lolita’s great age and excellent quality of life is due in no small part to the Animal Welfare Vets in Charlemont Street.

 

Long may they continue to help and care for the pets of Dublin.

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Animal Welfare Veterinary Hospital, 40 Charlemont Street, Dublin 2 – John Hardy, Michael Brady, Paul Hurley, Suzie Mitchell, John, Hazel, Grainne and team  Tel 01 6714303

Reason for Nomination:

 

I WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE THE WHOLE TEAM AT THE ANIMAL WELFARE VET HOSPITAL,CHARLEMONT CLINIC,FOR THEIR ALL ROUND PROFESSIONALISM,CARE ,ADVICE AND PARTICULARLY FOR THEIR ANIMAL WELFARE ETHOS AND COMPASSSION.

 

THEIR INCLUSIVE APPROACH TO ANIMAL HEALING,IS VERY EFFEECTIVE AS THEY TAKE THE TIME TO EXPLAIN THEIR DIAGNOSIS AND THE STEPS NEEDED TO HEAL THE ANIMAL WHICH IS VERY REASSURING.MY CATS WERE TREATED BY ALL THE VETS AT THE CLINIC BUT MOSTLY BY RICHARD SCOTT,MICHAEL BRADY,SUZIE MITCHELL,JOHN HARDY AND LATELY BY PAUL HURLEY
OUR TWO CATS ,AGED 14 AND 13 YEARS,HAVE RECEIVED TENDER CARE FROM BOTH VETS AND NURSES ALIKE ,ONE BELOVED CAT HAS BEEN TREATED FOR OVER TWO YEARS FOR AN AUTOIMMUNE CONDITION.  AS SHE IS VERY NERVOUS AT THE VISITS THE VETS HAVE BEEN VERY RESOURCEFUL IN SUGGESTING WAYS TO RELAX HER AND GIVE HER , HER TREATMENT WITH TENDERNESS AND UNDERSTANDING ON AN ONGOING BASIS .

 

OUR OTHER CAT WAS DIAGNOSED WITH DIABETES BY THE TEAM.THEY TOOK THE TIME TO EXPLAIN THE BLOOD TESTS IN DETAIL ,AND THE IMPLICATIONS OF DIABETES FOR THE LONG TERM CARE OF SAMMY.OUR CATS ARE HAVING A GOOD QUALITY OF LIFE THANKS TO THE TREATMENT AND CARE OF THE TEAM AND I AM VERY GRATEFUL TO THE TEAM FOR THIS.

 

HAVING WORKED IN A WELFARE ENVIRONMENT MYSELF I APPRECIATE THE EFFORT IT TAKES TO BE CONTINUOUSLY COMPASSIONATE ,WEEK IN WEEK OUT.

 

THIS ETHOS IS APPARENT EVEN IN THE WAITING ROOM, WHERE THE CIVILISAED WAY EVERYONE AND THEIR PETS ARE GREETED AND ATTENDED TO IS FANTASTIC.

 

I FEEL THIS TEAM DESERVE TO BE RECOGNISED FOR ALL THEIR HARD WORK FOR ANIMAL WELFARE AND ARE TRULY DESERVING.

 

IT WOULD BE GREAT IF THEIR WORK WAS TO BE RECOGNISED.

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Artane Veterinary Clinic, 124 Raheny Road, Dublin 5 – Vet Nurse Caitriona Higgins  Tel  01-8478044

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

N = natural ability

U = unconditional love

R = responsible

S = sensitivity

E = empathy

 

 

I would like to nominate an individual nurse/receptionist fo rthe Veterinary Pet Care Awards.

 

Caitriona from an early age loved small animals and always said she was going to work with them as a veterinary nurse.  We had “Sonny” a cocker spaniel when she was young and one year we went to France on holidays.  She cried leaving him at the kennels.  She got the phone number and address of the kennels.  While we were in France she rang the kennel to see how Sonny was and sent him a postcard – this is just one example of how much she loved animals as a kid even.

 

Transition Year in secondary school as part of work experience she got work with Dr Grimes in the small animal clinic in Ballsbridge and even offered to work for nothing after that.  But for insurance reasons he could not give her work.  With her Leaving Cert done still this line of a career was with her.

 

In 2001 she could not get started here in Dublin and she went to Glasgow and eventually got work in a vet practice there.  Her dream began, learning, working and caring for animals on a daily basis.  As she has a warm personality this shun through to pet owners coming into the practice worried about their little pets.  She would do her best to put them at ease straight away.  This practice – Campbell & Galloway in Glasgow, saw her potential and special care she had in her job.  As this practice was also a training practice they offered to train her.  Again she felt she had landed on her feet now to also do her training.

 

But in October 2002, her whole world fell apart, as here in Dublin her only sibling, her brother Alan age 17 yrs was murdered at the UCI Dublin, over a mobile phone.  Caitriona came home and eventually returned to Glasgow to continue her work and study in the vet practice.   The following year she sat and passed her 1st year exam.  Her care and love for animals continued – she never gave up.

 

In 2003 Caitriona decided to come home.  CV after CV went out to vet practices.  She got a temporary position in Roscrea, following that to a practice in Clonmel.  Moved back to Dublin to a practice in Lucan and now nearer to home to a practice in Raheny.  She gained huge experiences in both animal care and communication.

 

This is pure dedication, no other job in life would do, never has, had to be animals.

 

As a person, Caitriona is 24 years old now and has a heart bigger than life for animals.   Such care and dedication to them each day in work and out of work.  Friends and relatives look for advice and seek her opinion about their pets.  Her advice would always be of a responsible nature.  Pet owners have commented on her smile and friendly approach to them on entering vet practices.  She knows how worried they are about their little pets and immediately tries to put them at ease.

 

Approximately 4 months ago, puppies were born early in the practice and the mammy was unable to feed them herself.  As they had to be fed every 2 hours to survive, Caitriona and the other nurses voluntarily brought them home with them in turns and fed them every 2 hours even during the night, and still went to work the next morning.  Dedication !

 

On days when Caitriona has finished early she would ring work and speak to the vet to ask about a particularly sick dog or cat she had been looking after.  So even though when she is not at work, her mind is still thinking about them.  From the time a sick animal comes into the practice she likes to follow through on what is wrong with them up to the time they go home.  Even new born puppies that come in for their injections she advises the owners and gives them puppy packs to get them started.

 

Caitriona had form an early age a great fear of getting a “needle” (injection) and still does to this day.  As her brother Alan RIP had leukaemia when he was 4 years old and Caitriona would have been 6 years old.  She saw him going through chemotherapy and this greatened her fear.  She collapses of a needle touches her skin.  Having said this, it was a huge worry for her about entering this line of career.  She did not want to hurt the animals by injecting them.  But over the years she gained confidence and knew she had to be “cruel to be kind”.  Now she has no problem doing this.  It was a major issue for her at the beginning.

 

Caitriona had 5 teeth taken out last week and is going through a lot of pain with the stitches etc.  her own dog, “Archie” is 1 year and 9 months old and she discovered he has an ear infection, so we got drops from her vet for him even though she is ill herself she would not let her dog suffer.

 

Overall, I as her mum would know her dedication to small animals and I feel she has overcome major issues in her young life.  But her love and dedication to her job has thankfully got her through the very hard times – she could have given up the caring and loving heart she has particularly losing her brother.

 

To me she is a very special person and more importantly a loving and caring daughter and I wanted to nominate her for the “person she is.”   I hope after reading this you too will see her “special gift for life and small animals.”

 

Caitriona does not know I am nominating her so if she is successful it would be a huge bonus for her to show ho much she is appreciated in both her family’s life and those of all the little animals she has cared for and will continue to care for.

 

From – The Proud Mum

 

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Blackrock Vetinary Clinic, 5 Proby Square,  Carysfort Ave., Blackrock, Co Dublin – Vet Eamonn Moore & Team  Tel 01-2889641
Reason for Nomination:

 

I would like to nominate Eamonn Moore for the Stronghold Veterinary Pet Care Award, em, again.

A couple of years ago, I nominated Eamonn because of the exceptional care and professionalism he displayed when he cared for my cat, Ticker, on two occasions. Ticks had originally suffered acute anaphylactic shock and also got run over a year later. Since then, he has not attempted to obliterate any more of his nine lives and thankfully has not been in need of Eamonn’s services.

So why the nomination? Well it seems petty not to, when you think about it. After all, it’s not Eamonn’s fault that the little sod hasn’t tried to do himself in recently and Eamonn is still the same considerate, patient and professional person he was two years ago and therefore deserves to be nominated.

Popping into the Blackrock Veterinary Clinic to get something is one of the more enjoyable errands that one has to do. Eamonn is always happy to chat and joke for a bit (assuming that he’s not busy tending to an animal) and will occasionally show you some interesting aspect of whatever he was working on that day.

 

It’s reassuring to see the enthusiasm and care with which he carries out his work with and it’s always good to know that the levels of skill and professionalism that we availed of in the past are still there, should Ticks ever require them.

In short, Eamonn is one of the good guys.

A decent person.

The same of course also applies to Melanie, Eamonn’s assistant, who, like my other cat, never gets a mention.

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Blackrock Vetinary Clinic, 5 Proby Square,  Carysfort Ave., Blackrock, Co Dublin – Vet Eamonn Moore Tel 01-2889641

Reason for Nomination:
Eamonn Moore has been an exceptional vet both professionally and personally.From the first day we brought our lovely dog Kruger to him as a young dog, Eamonn showed exceptional insight, sensivitity, care, compassion and patience.

 

Over the years, he has on many occasions shown extraordinary acute clinical knowledge and perception in diagnosing Kruger’s problems and in accessing and understanding the whole dog, not just his clinical symptoms.

Over the twelve years of his life, Kruger was frequently unwell. He suffered from IBS, Horner’s syndrome, hypothyrodism, and frequent tummy upsets, as well as having a highly sensivitive temprament which resulted in his frequently becoming very anxious and panicy especially in his later years. Keeping him in good health was an art as well as a science, and Eamonn managed to have him healthy against all the odds, most of the time.

Kruger was ultra-sensitive, and with his lovely character he was known as “the gentleman of the practice” and treated as such. I cannot count the number of times we visited Eamonn, but on each occasion we were treated with absolute professionalism, kindness, patience, a desire to teach and explain every detail of what was the problem.

Eamonn was so sensitive to the nuances of Kruger’s personality, that before he had even walked in the door of the surgery he could spot what was wrong with him. Unlike a lot of dogs going to the vet, when Kruger was ill, he trusted Eamonn so much that he used to get out of the car and walk straight in and stand looking pleadingly at Eamonn, as if to say, I know you can make me better.

If Kruger was too unwell to go to the surgery,Eamonn made himself available to call to the house, despite having such a busy practice. On one occasion when Kruger became ill late on a Saturday night, Eamonn left a meal with friends and came to look after him, staying until the small hours to make sure Kruger was stable. There was absolutely no sense of his having been disturbed or inconvenienced-although obviously it was the last thing he needed on a Saturday night out with friends.His priority and only thought was to make him better, and to support and reassure us as we watched our beloved dog try to overcome a serious bacterial infection.

Kruger was such a sensitive dog, we could never put him in kennels. When my son was getting married, Eamonn knew I was unhappy at leaving Kruger too long with a young sitter. He volunteered, at his own expense, to send his nurse Melanie over for the day to “babysit” Kruger. When circumstances made this impossible, Eamonn called over himself-an act of care and support which was way beyond the call of duty. He checked in on his way home after a long day to make sure Kruger was  still ok.

As Kruger aged his health deteriorated badly this year and his back legs weakened. It became obvious and inevitable that the dreaded day would come when he needed to be put to sleep. I cannot even begin discribe the wonderful manner and professionalism with which Eamonn dealt with this He spoke with the various members of the family-some resistant to the idea and in denial as to the necessity of letting Kruger go. Eamonn gave all the time needed over a couple of weeks to talk it through until all came to understand the inevitability of the decision.

He was especially kind and patient with one daughter who had just come home at last from years of study abroad and was not ready to let go. He led her to make the decision herself, rather than have it imposed on her by the rest of us, something for which I will always be grateful.

I know all owners think their dogs are special, but Kruger really was an exceptionally loving, intelligent and gentle dog who will be irreplacable. That we had him so long was a tribute to Eamonn’s care. Without his care I know he would have not survived so long.
I cannot imagine how we would have dealt with Kruger’s passing if Eamonn had not been such a wonderful vet. He offered to come to the house so it would be less traumatic for Kruger, and also for the family. He told us he would put aside two hours of his day as it was the most important thing he had to do.

Eamonn rang to say he was on his way exactly at the time he had promised he would try to be with us-an important detail when waiting on such a painful event. He gently talked to Kruger and explained everything to us all before putting him to sleep. Although it was such a heartbreaking occasion the way in which Eamonn dealt with it makes it a peaceful memory, a wonderful gift to have given us all.

 

When some of the family were not ready to let him take Kruger away, Eamonn said he would leave him with us and come back in an hour so we could say goodbye at our own pace. When he came back and collected him in his own car, he treated Kruger’s remains with such tenderness and respect that although it was awful, we knew he was, even in death, in the best hands possible.

I cannot speak highly enough of Eamonn’s absolute dedication to his veterinary profession. He is its most wonderful ambassador. Mention his name to any dog or cat owner in Blackrock, and the immediate response is one of praise and appreciation for all he does for our pets and how personable he is in dealing with the clients.

I know he received Vet of the Year last year, much to the delight of his clients. I do hope this does not mean he cannot receive this award again, or that because it may be more politic in encouraging other practices that his nomination will not be treated in the same way.

 

It would be wonderful for me, and for all my family who are so grateful to him for twelve years of absolute dedication and professionalism, if Eamonn were to be awarded Vet of the Year again. Perhaps you have an award or this may be instrumental in a new award for care during the lifetime of a particular pet? It would be a great tribute to both Eamonn and Kruger, our beloved pet who gave us so much love during his life.
Thanking you,

Casual conversation in the park with other pet owners always results in Eamonn’s praises being sung, and it being said how superior the service we recieve for our pets from Eamonn is, than that which we receive for ourselves from the medical profession!

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Blackrock Vetinary Clinic, 5 Proby Square,  Carysfort Ave., Blackrock, Co Dublin – Vet Eamonn Moore Tel 01-2889641
Reason for Nomination:

 

Eamon Moore is a special vet to whom both pet and owner can relate.  I attach story of my wonderful dog.  He was a special vet and my dog Lady loved him.  He made her passing bearable !  He made her life happier by keeping her a well dog:-

 

“It is hoped that most people will have the pleasure of loving someone or something at least once in their lifetime.  I fell in love with a bitch called Lady.

 

A dog of no exalted breed, no particular beauty, became for ten years, in many respects, my reason d’etre.

 

Lady came into my life one fine summer’s day in 1997, when a friend organised an unwanted bitch from a pound for me.  She was perhaps eighteen months old and while well trained in toilet manners, she displayed a sense of deep insecurity.  When taken for walks, her attachment to the lead and to her own person, me, never waned.  In the initial stages, she would keep looking back to make sure I had not disappeared.  She had been rejected twice by her original family and dogs never forget !

 

She was with me 24/7.  Her basket was in my room.  She travelled happily in my car and we walked together.  Lady had a beautiful face and a peculiar tuft on her little head.  She was a middle sized black dog, who unfortunately dispensed enormous amounts of hair.

 

Some were amused at her name, Lady, because she was not a pedigree animal.  However her nature was more queenlike than mere lady.

 

Her gentle demeanour had a huge Alsation like personality.  A knock to the door was met with a snarling animal who bounced off the door like a Sumai wrestler.  Many a grown man trembled at the door anticipating devouring.  But she personified gentleness.  Her soft brown eyes were pools of affection.  She was universally loved by those on whom she dispensed her affection but she was a very discerning dog.  Not all were included in her coterie.  She had character and humour, dogs to smile and occasionally they have a good laugh at you !

 

For my son, Tom, and me, she was a central part of our small family.  As she grew older, she became grey.  When her eyes were rheumy my son, Tom, would gently clean them with tissue.  She never stole, peed or messed in the house.  One time, when I suffered a bout of sickness, she became unwell as if in sympathy with me.  With age, she got arthritis but a spoon of olive oil in her dinner every day seemed to prevent pain if not stiffness.

 

This year, our grand old lady dog was showing a little her age.  However in March, suddenly she became very ill.  We took her to the vet, Eamonn Moore, who had minded her over the years and with whom she had a great affinity.

 

Not all vets appealed to Lady and she had shown disrespect to at least two.  Eamonn sent her immediately to the Veterinary Hospital in Belfield, where after the longest weekend in my life, Addison’s disease was diagnosed.

 

For another week Eamonn gently treated her and I sat with her, filled with trepidation.  She received wonderful care from Eamonn but deterioriated and on Friday 9th March, I was with her as Eamonn gently and with great dignity put her to sleep.  As I write I can feel the tears well up but they only follow an unrelenting flow that followed in the weeks after her death.

 

Every year, a doggy Christmas stocking was put under the tree for Lady.  It was as important a ritual as the turkey or Christmas pudding.  This year there will be no Christmas tree.  It was my privilege to love and be loved by Lady and her great spirit will always sustain me.  Her ghost is present in my care and home and I am a better person because she shared her life in good and in bad times with me.

 

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Veterinary Service nominated:

O’Scanaill Vet Hospital, Milton Fields, Swords, Co Dublin – vet Conor O’Scanaill   Tel 01-8900380

Reason for Nomination:

 

Well where do I start – I have two dogs and have been going to Conor with our first dog for a year and a half now.  I often take fosters from the pound – so needless to say with two young boisterous dogs and fosters we do tend to be in the vets more then the average pet owner!
The reason I want to nominate Conor is not because he has always helped look after my dogs to the highest care and not because we are in and out almost every two weeks – we always have somebody sick – and not because of his sense of humour and his ability to put us at ease but because of his compassion, quick thinking and the fact that he saved my young collie crosse’s life!

At around 10.30 at night my 9 month old collie cross Charlie vomited.  I thought nothing much of it and just brought him to bed with me to keep an eye on him.  At 12.00am he started to vomit again and by 1.00 he had the diarrhea – I sat with the phone in my hand wondering should I call our vet.

 

By 1.30 I decided it was best we go down, as his tummy was turning and had started to show blood in his poo also.  So I phoned Conor at 1.30am (who also has a new baby), not once did he make me feel bad for ringing and trusted my judgment call that Charlie needed to see a vet!

 

He met me half an hour later on a horrible wet March night.  He did a full examination of Charlie and it was very hard to tell what was wrong with him – he was lifeless and unresponsive. He was given plenty of injections and put on a drip – it took a long time to find his veins as he was gone so sick in such a short space of time.

 

Thankfully Conor made a judgment call not to operate on him which was the right thing to do as he didn’t have any blockages and was very very weak.  He assured me I did everything I could for Charlie and that he would do the same.  I left my baby behind and it must have been after 4.00am – I couldn’t sleep one wink that night with worry and at 7.00am Conor texted me to say Charlie had made it through the night and was actually sitting up.

 

Conor had stayed to help him through and was there until 7.00pm that evening also with him – definitely went above and beyond the call of duty and really helped.

 

We were so relieved Charlie had pulled through the night as it was not expected that he would – our vet rang different vets to see if anyone had any similar illness as was so unusual for a dog to get sick so quickly and no apparent cause.  Its thought that Charlie may have lived for another hour perhaps two if we hadn’t got him in so quickly and taken to such a brilliant vet!

 

It was a long road back to recovery for Charlie he was still vomiting lots of blood the next day and would remain in the vets for the next 5 days on a drip.  He was losing too much blood but his vital signs were okay.  We finally got him home and of course have been up and down to Conor with him since – always putting my mind at ease and listening to an extremely over-protective pet parent!
A second thing I want to thank all the vets and nurses for was that they didn’t mind me coming down to see our little fella – at least 3 times a day – they let us spend as much time with him as we wanted and to bring him out for little rambles with his drip! I think this helped him and us loads .
What happened to Charlie is still unknown – but without our vets quick thinking and going that extra mile for us all the time – I am sure Charlie would not have survived!  Our little collie is the life and soul of the house – most defiantly the fun factor! I can’t thank Conor and all the staff at O’Scanaills enough!

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Priory Veterinary Clinic, 513 Main Street, Tallaght, Dublin 24 – vet Nikki Caddle and colleague Suzanne
Tel 01 4513577

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

As Dog Exhibitors & Breeders, our Dogs are a huge part of our lives and Nikki and Suzanne offer a friendly, caring, efficient, professional service to us.

 

On many occasions outside surgery hours they have helped us.   One particular occasion was a litter of newly born puppies that were fading no matter what we did.  They arrived with extra heat lamps and after countless visits administering fluid injections over many days the pups made it through. They had arranged to take the pups and hand rear them until they got stronger but in the end this was not necessary.

 

One is almost a Spanish Champion, another is being shown successfully in Belgium and our one is winning well in Ireland.  I have no doubt that this is down to Nikki and Suzanne’s huge efforts and I am eternally grateful.

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Veterinary Service nominated:

UCD Equine Clinic, Veterinary Surgery Unit, Veterinary Services Centre, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4  – Florien Jenner (Lecturer),  Luanne Hunt  (Surgery Resident), Wilfried Schneeweiss (“Michael”) (Surgery Intern);   and team   Tel  01 7166001
Reason for Nomination:

 

Whilst on holiday in Cork we received a call on 16th March to say my favourite horse ”Boo”, a retired thoroughbred gelding of 21 years had got out of his field and was found on the road with a badly injured leg. The local vet diagnosed a dislocated stifle but was unable to correct it through manipulation and after several hours of attempting to do so, contacted us to recommend that he be sent to UCD Veterinary Hospital in Dublin.

 

He made the arrangements and instructed us as to how to safely load him and to get there as quick as possible.  The following morning, St Patricks Day, we loaded ”Boo” at 07.30 and travelled to UCD arriving at 08.30.

 

Despite the early hour a full team was already assembled awaiting him including Dr. Florien Jenner who would become a firm friend in the coming weeks. After we got ”Boo” into his stable they recommended we go for coffee while they commenced X-rays, we returned two hours later only to find they had still not finished. It later transpired that the X-rays were so conflicting that they had to call in a senior radiologist who lived on the north side of Dublin and was on a weekend off.
Following her examination she confirmed that not only was his stifle dislocated but the joint was popping in and out of place every stride. ”Boo” was finding it very hard to do anything else other than stand at this stage and even then wouldn’t put weight on his leg. When he moved he merely dragged the affected limb behind him. They settled him in and began pain relieving treatment and TLC.

 

Over the coming days no change was evident, they had never encountered a case like this. There seemed to be no way to keep the joint in place and no reason for it not to stay in place. They videoed him and sent the case to experts in America who came back as baffled as they were.

 

The support we got from the staff was incredible, Dr. Jenner seemed to live with ”Boo”, when we called in at 9am she had been there since 7am, when we called in at 7.30pm she was still there, 7 days a week or so it seemed. No matter when we called she always was available to talk and would spend as long as possible talking about the case and trying to reassure us.

 

We didn’t think there was any hope at this stage but she thought otherwise – his pain was alleviating and it may be possible for him to walk, albeit dragging a leg, but free of pain.
While he was there they decided to examine his teeth and try to improve his eating ability by correcting them, they spent two days doing this and added no further charge. They simply said that he’d be happier now and hopefully be able to chew his food properly
Then things took a bad turn and an extremely potent abscess formed in his foot. Poulticing two to three times a day was required and nerve blocks had to be administered every eight hours. At this point Dr. Jenner took a few days leave and entrusted his care to Michael who was diligent in care as she was. We later heard indirectly that while attending a dinner function one night he excused himself around 9 o’clock, saying that he had to administer a nerve block to a sick horse, namely ”Boo”.
After three weeks they were happy enough to release him into my care with a strict set of instructions which were diligently followed. Although now discharged ”Boo” was still upfront in Dr Jenners mind and I received almost daily emails following his progress. In addition she was regularly on the phone to me to check that the abscess was draining correctly and what treatment to continue with. She did this for a further week and was a real star and a great source of encouragement.
All went well and several weeks later a very poorly but relatively sound horse walked into his field, eight weeks after his accident. He seemed to have made it!

 

A month later he was found in his field badly lame and unable to put one of his hind legs on the ground, the symptoms appeared to be the same but it was on the other hind leg he was now lame. The following day we contacted the hospital only to find Dr. Jenner was on leave for research, however on hearing our plight they tracked her down and although no longer at the clinic she arranged for him to be readmitted.
Once again when we arrived a team was assembled to greet him headed by Dr. Luanne Hunt who was familiar with his case and had in fact attended to him with Dr. Jenner during his previous stay. While examining him the ‘phone went and it was Dr. Jenner herself enquiring as to whether he had arrived yet and what the prognosis was!

 

Her parting comment to Luanne is forever in my mind ‘Be gentle with him, he’s not very brave!’ She came down at the weekend (her weekend off) to see ”Boo” and several of the ‘old’ team, including Michael, also attended.  Thankfully it was not a repeat occurrence, although his stifle was loose it was not dislocated and the source of his problem was another abscess.

 

However they decided to keep him in for the weekend while they gave him the once over and monitored his progress. During this time they did a parasite check as his condition was in pretty poor condition. He was clear of parasites so once again they did another dental check and corrected several further dental faults over the next day or two.

 

Dr Hunt was concerned enough about his condition that although he was being treated for an abscess she went off and researched his diet. After he had been discharged she contacted me every day to see how he was, both by email and by telephone. She then informed me that she had spoken with several dieticians in the UK and had come up with a more beneficial diet for his ageing metabolism; she then sent me two pages of dietary advice which has helped to put some weight back on him.

 

They also made arrangements to see him every six months to monitor his teeth and to keep them in as good condition as possible so that he can continue to chew.
It is now five months since the accident and ”Boo” now has a glossy coat and can be seen cantering around his field. He has a slight limp but otherwise seems to be managing OK and can be described as content in life!
I think it is worth pointing out that at 21 years of age and with advanced arthritis, Boo had no ‘future’ other than grazing in his field. However they did not let this cloud their judgement and never discussed any alternative other than getting him better. In gratitude for this and their work I would like to see the award(s) presented to –

1. The staff and grooms of the Large Animal clinic.
Their handling and attention to detail with him was above the bounds of duty. From his daily grooming, mane pulling, changing of rugs to even giving him his polo mints at night, their work was without compare. Anytime we went in both he and his stable were immaculate. For facilitating our daily after hours visits when they were finished for the night, they deserve even more praise.

2. Dr. Florien Jenner
For her ceaseless care of Boo over a period of four weeks I could not thank her enough. The concern she showed was so outstanding that she even came in on days off to check him. At no point did she give up or say that it was time to let him go. She was determined to see him walk into his field again. From contacting vets in America to supervising his care in her absence, she is a credit to the veterinary profession. In all my years of dealing with vets, I have never encountered her like.

3. Dr Luanne Hunt
Whilst many vets will treat an injury they do not always look beyond. Luanne was diligent enough that although they were treating his leg she examined and rectified dental problems and then spent a considerable length of time researching a diet for him in the UK and getting the local contact numbers for suppliers of this feed. She did not need to do this, but she wanted to do it for his sake.

4. ‘Michael,
I do not know his correct name but we could find out if necessary. He was an Austrian vet and deserves a special mention because anyone who leaves a social function to attend a horse has to be praised.

Postscript
”Boo” passed away peacefully in his stable on 14th August, five months after his accident. As far as we can tell he had a heart attack in his sleep and suffered no pain.

 

He had recovered from his ordeal and spent his last summer at home, with his friends and in his field. Without the staff of UCD I doubt if he would have ended his days in such a quiet manner. Both Florien and Luanne contacted us to express their sympathy at the passing of ‘a great character’ and ‘a real gentleman’.
To them we say Thank You

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GALWAY

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

The Ark Veterinary Clininc, Galway.  46 St Mary’s Road, Galway – Vet:  Aidan Miller  Tel 091-584185

Reason for Nomination:

 

Because he has a great understanding of small animals like hamsters.
We brought our first hamster Caca Milis to the Ark Clinic. We didn’t know who was going to see her as it was the first time we had been there. Aidan took care of us and it was great to see that he knew exactly how to deal with her. He’s an expert in small animals and he told us about his pet jerbels.
He is very good giving advice, telling you all the options and always supporting in your decision. Caca MIlis had an eye infection and we had to giver her eyedrops, not very easy with a rodent! She recovered shortly after.
We’ve been taking all our hamsters to him. But I have to mention his best performance: an operation to remove a tumour.
Our hamster Blanks was growing a tumour in his abdomen and it was getting bigger very slowly. We went to see Aidan twice before we decided to go ahead. We considered the life expectancy of a hamster and Blanks age (2 1/2years), and thought if it was worth it or not to do it. But he was in great form, the tumour didn’t bother him at all, only that it was getting bigger and it would eventually become a problem. Aidan told us the pros and cons, he said it was a possible intervention and he had no doubt he would recover well.He had done that before with a budgie.
He didn’t put any pressure at all, and we all were also aware of the fact that you can buy a hamster for 10 euros… But that was not the point. We have an animal and we took the responsability to take care of it. There was a high chance for him to recover and I knew he was in good hands.
We arranged a day and Blanks had his tumour removed. He recovered completely and it was totally worth it. He lived for 4 more months at almost 3 years of age, which is very good for a hamster.
Aidan always takes time in explaining you all what is going on, he has no hurry and always respects your decision and give you all his support.
I’m so glad we know him.

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Tom Rennick Veterinary, Church View, Tuam , Co Galway- Vet: Tom Rennick & colleague Carmel

Tel 093-24546

Reason for Nomination:

 

Tom Rennick is a gentleman & a Vet with communication skills that surpass many other human beings.  He communicates with animal owners & their pets in a caring, sensitive yet positive nature.

 

My dog “Claddagh” loves going to the vet & will jump in the car even though he is ill to go to Tom, he knows as I do that Tom will cure whatever ails him.  Tom is a great example of a top class vet  knowledgeable about conditions & the best form of treatment, always willing to give advice which works.
Equally, I have found that the many times I telephoned his surgery for advice my call was always handled in a professional & caring manner allevating my concerns about my sometimes very sick dog.

 

Claddagh has a number of illness’s  but I would not change him for the world neither would I change my vet. I have spoken to many pet owners whilst attending Tom Rennick’s Surgery & it is clear to see that they all think the same as I do. Tom is worth his weight in gold for the service & dedication he provides to the people & animals of Tuam & surrounding areas.

 

I’m sure that he has saved Claddagh’s life & that of many other animals. “Thank you” is just not enough, therefore I am delighted to nominate him for this award & hope that he & his surgery gets the recognition they truly deserve.

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Western Veterinary Clinic, Clifden Business Park, Galway Rd., Clifden, Co Galway – Vet: Ronad Stanley, colleague Babs and team   Tel 095-22209

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

They have “all” been just incredible over the last years but especially the last 8 months.  Bramble became part of their family, he greeted them each visit and they went down on theirs “to and for” him !

 

(“Firstly”( “Secondly”)  (“Thirdly”)

He ran through broken glass windows and the team led by Ronad (vet) saved his life and his leg with great love, tender care and of course professional service.

 

Weeks later Babs (the nurse) clipped our very wooly Bramble to find a huge abscess on his shoulder ! This was then sorted with pills and more love and TLC !!

 

Months later Bramble was once again in the wars !!  He caught his leg (the other back leg) in a hedge and ruptured his stifle joint (the ligament) – so back to Ronad and another operation, more love and TLC.  Bramble came through with flying colours.

 

I have to say that I have used 3 other vets/veterinary surgeries with great results, but the Western Veterinary Clinic beats them all.  Everyone in the clinic was so helpful, concerning and just loved Bramble so much that he actually loved going there !  It is not an extraordinary story but a time I will never forget and still “visit” often.

 

Very sadly Bramble was put down recently due to a terrible cough, vomiting, with a growth in his throat.  This was a devastating blow to the clinic and our family, after 13 years of joy.

 

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KERRY

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

AllCare Veterinary Practice, Park Road, Killarney, Co Kerry – Vets Danny O’Sullivan, Gary Landers and team Tel 064-37333

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

Firstly I should start by telling you how much my dogs mean to me – they mean the world to me.

 

Having such a professional, friendly and helpful practice in my home town is absolutely invaluable.

 

Unfortunately 2006 was a very bad year, two of my dogs passed away.  Holly died from auto-immune disease, a horrible thing and Tara died very suddenly from pyometra.

 

The vets did everything they could and were so supportive at that hard time.  Even one of the vet nurses consoled me with her kind words on meeting her accidentally in a local shop when I was in floods of tears.  During that time we also made plenty of out of hours calls and we were always met at the vet practice promptly – even at Christmas and another time at 6.30am in the morning.   I miss my dogs very much but I know they got the best of care.

 

Thankfully 2007 has been a lot brighter and my other two dogs are enjoying life to the full.   Visits to the vets are for routine things like vaccinations, Stronghold flea and worm drops, weight checks and we are always met with helpful hints on our dog’s general wellbeing and nutrition etc.

 

Nothing is too much trouble to the vet nurses who I have got to know as well – getting things ordered in especially and ringing with queries, I know I can pick up the phone at anytime, which means a lot.

 

I have learned a lot from them all.   I think they deserve to be acknowledged for such a great service.

 

Since writing the main part of this letter, my dog Phoebe was spayed.  The vet and the two vet nurses made such a fuss of her and were so gentle with her.  Everything went off smoothly, Thank God, and as I write she is recovering – sleeping with her head resting on my foot !

 

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Hurley’s Veterinary Hospital, Brewery Road, Tralee, Co Kerry – Patricia Somers and team  

Tel  066-71297560

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

I have been attending the practice for the last 10 years and I have always found them to be very kind, patient and friendly with great attention to detail.

 

When my dog Sonna was in his last few weeks and his legs weren’t great and I myself was ill at the same time, Patricia, one of the nurses, would call to my house daily and give Sonna his medication and take him for a little walk.

 

When Sonna passed away they were a tremendous support and would ring me to ask how I was and if I needed anything.

 

I still attend the clinic to this day with my cat who loves calling to see them as we’re both greeted with a smile and receive 100% attention while we’re there.

 

I don’t just regard it as going to the vet, I regard it as going to see friends.

 

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Kenmare Veterinary Centre, Mart Road, Kenmare, Co. Kerry – Henk Offeriens and team Tel 064-42695
Reason for Nomination:

When we moved here to Kenmare from Texas, Henk was a fantastic vet to find in the area. We researched all the clinics in the region, and Kenmare Veterinary Center was by far the most advanced, the best organised and the most accommodating.

 

Henk Offeriens and his wife Joanna are a pleasure to work with. All  of the practice team are really up to date on everything, using digital x-ray technology, in house testing facilities and new and effective drug therapies. They are respectful, kind and compassionate.

 

We recently lost our eldest dog, Baxter, who had been an animal assisted therapy dog in the U.S. He came to the house to take care of his final needs, and was emotionally very supportive. AS a practice, they are outstanding, giving to the community and giving of themselves to improve the lives of the animal population in the area.

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Treacy & Sheehan, 25 Market Street, Listowel, Co Kerry – Vet Paul Treacy Tel 068-21377

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

A winter’s tail:

 

Tiny waddled his way along our lawn during the hot summer of ’95.  He sipped water from the hose-pipe, looked up at us with his big liquid eyes and shared our hearts and home for years to come.

 

A stray, playing along with the local kids by day, he was abandoned by his playmates come bedtime.  We took him in and he easily became an important part of the family.  He would meet us from work, protect us from imagined dangers and made us all laugh with his lunatic antics.

 

Last year, the week before Christmas, he became lethargic then went off his food and water.  We knew he was about 13 or 14 years and we felt old-age was about to take him from us.  We took him to the surgery and Paul pondered over all possible causes of his illness.  Despite receiving injections, tablets and anti-biotics, it was obvious “the little man” was slipping away.

 

In two days he began deteroriating more quickly and we tried to prepare ourselves for what would be a very, very lonely Christmas without our little friend.

 

Paul kept calling us at home to get an update and decided on 23rd December to put him on a drip.  To see such a small helpless creature in such a low state was heart-wrenching.  He would look at us, with trusting but dull eyes which seemed to ask “what did I do wrong to deserve this?”.

 

On Christmas Eve, Paul let us take him home.  He rang us many times to find out how he was and asked us to bring him back into the surgery on Christmas day.

 

We met him there after dinner.  After he checking him over, Paul removed the drip from the little scrap and told us he would try to build him up, then if Tiny became strong enough, with our permission he would do an internal investigation.  How could we not give little Tiny every chance of living – he had always been there for us and now it was our turn to be there for him.

 

On 2nd January, after completing a series of tests and an internal investigation, Paul told us Tiny had an enlarged heart, an enlarged liver and a “shadow” on his lung that could be cancerous.  Paul constantly rang us with updates, knowing that we were always anxious.

 

The compassion and understanding, which that man showed towards Tiny, and us, gave us contant hope and earned him our eternal admiration for his dedication.  Our hopes were dashed when Tiny took another little downturn and Paul decided to keep him in surgery.  We were on a roller-coaster of emotions.  We wanted Tiny home but we knew Paul was doing his very best to give him every fighting chance.

 

Eventually, Paul called us and told us we could bring Tiny home.  That night, at about 11pm, Paul was on the phone again checking on Tiny’s condition.  Knowing Paul was keeping in constant contact was a great help and strength for us.

 

Slowly, and with great aftercare, Tiny rallied.  He fought his way back, totally surprising us all.

 

“He’ll never run the field again” Paul advised us.  But with wonderful diagnosis, care from Paul and the staff, combined with dedicated after care at home, well Paul, nine months on, Tiny has the occasional mad dash around the field.

 

We know Tiny had an enlarged liver and a big heart, we’ve got the x-ray pictures to prove it.  Paul and his staff also have big hearts – but we don’t have the “pictures” !!!

 

At all times, Paul explained everything which he diagnosed, in an easy to understand way, never understating the seriousness of the situation.  The only time he allowed himself to smile and feel good about himself, was when Tiny was undergoing a routine check up and gave him a good strong growl of defiance.  “Good man Tiny”, said Paul smiling.  We looked at each other and then at Paul and in our own minds said “Good man Paul.”

 

Paul Treacy will never know the happiness he brought to us when he brought little Tiny back from the jaws of death during those dark days of winter 2006.   He gave us the greatest Christmas gift we have ever had – the gift of life of an old friend.

 

Every day we have Tiny is precious – Paul, Anne, Helena and Gina – so are your skills – never underestimate how much they are held in high esteem.

 

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KILDARE

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Animals First Veterinary Hospital, Links Business Park, Kilcullen, Co Kildare – Vet: Rachel Gordon

Tel 045-480478

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

I would like to nominate my vet Rachel and her now partner and team, because without her, Benson would not be here today.

 

We first found out about Rachel through a friend.  Benson had been suffering with bad digestinal problems and attended vet after vet without success.  Within moments of meeting Rachel, she diagnosed him and thank God we haven’t looked back since.

 

Benson was a lot younger then and down through the years Rachel has been there for us all.  Benson has had tumours on his eye, to operations on his butt.  I remember one time poor Rachel was heading home on a well earned holiday, Benson collapsed.  We brough him to where Rachel was working then.  She was about to head to the airport for her flight.  When she heard of Benson she stopped off to see him and to reassure us.

 

Since then Rachel has gone into parnership with Conor, another great vet.

 

Benson is getting older now and has since been diagnosed with diabetes.  Rachel has great patience and needed them all, when she had to train me to administer the insulin needed to keep Benson alive and the blood glucose readings and to adjust the insulin to them.  Rachel didn’t hestitate in giving me her mobile number so she could be there for me through it all.

 

There was a lot of teaching involved.  Benson has had it now for three years almost now and it has slowed him down a little.  We have had some bad moments with this disease.  He is almost blind now – it’s amazing how they adapt.

 

Benson has had two strokes since but thanks to Rachel and Conor he has bounced back.  He walks every day out the Curragh and trots like a Clydesdale and when we go to Wexford on holiday, I have peace of mind that Rachel is at the other end of the phone if I need her.  Benson loves the beach and the walks.

 

That is only a fraction of what this amazing vet does for us.  So please, please consider her for this.

 

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Newbridge Veterinary Clinic, Morristown, Newbridge, Co Kildare – Mr D McHenry, Denis Hayes, Mrs S O’Leary, vet nurses Evelyn Eustace and Yuliya Dmytriyeva (“Julia”) and team   Tel 045-421555

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

We wish to recommend Newbridge Veterinary Clinic for this year’s Veterinary Pet Care Award.  For well over 30 years we have experienced, for our pets, top class care and great kindness from Newbridge Veterinary Clinic.

 

Our little rescue dog, Shep, a collie of approx 2 years, life was saved after suffering near fatal injuries following a vicious attack by no less than 5 dogs.  He was rushed to Newbridge Veterinary Clinic, was treated immediately and was literally brought back to life.

 

The Newbridge staff said he was like a “patch-work quilt” when all his injuries were bandaged.

 

During all his troubles he remained calm, his tail wagging all the time.  We, by chance, happened to see him whilst leaving in a stray kitten (which they found a home for) and for us, it was love at first sight.

 

All this happened one year ago and now Shep is a very valuable addition to our home, trotting around, supervising the hens being fed and loves his game of ball.

 

This is the kind of life Newbridge Veterinary Clinic made possible for one little stray dog.  Newbridge Veterinary Clinic take time to listen to your story as if they have all of the time in the world, as we often marvelled at on seeing the vast amount of cars and vans parked down the avenue to the entrance gate, all times of day.

 

We cannot recommend them highly enough for your Veterinary Pet Care Award 2007.

 

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Vetcare, Well Rd, Portlaois – Vet Tom Spillane and team Tel 057-8664841

Reason for Nomination:

 

Thanks to Vetcare my cat Granny is still with me today, as she went missing for a while, and when she came home she had a snare around her body and her back leg was hanging off.

 

I took her to Vetcare as I do with all my cats, and put her in their care, it took one of the vets an hour and a half to stich her back together, with many visits to vet care she is now in top form again, with all their love, care and kindness they pulled her through, they even took time to phone me to ask about Granny.
I bring all my cats to Vetcare and would not bring them anywhere else, they are top vets , I don’t know what I would do without them.  Vetcare have done so must for me, through good times and bad times they always have time to talk to me and make me see its all for the best, when my pets had to be put to sleep, so that is why I hope Vetcare get veterinary pet care aware.

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Vet Care, Well Road, Portlaoise, Co Laois – Vet Caroline Wallace  Tel 057-8664841

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

I wish to nominate my vet.

 

My little dog Trixie was recently attacked by 4 other dogs.  It all happened so quickly but by the time I got to her she was covered in blood and was in complete shock and was breathing very heavily.

 

Her injuries were so bad I didn’t think she would make it to the vets that night.  However not alone did she make it through that night, but she also survived the whole ordeal.

 

This was all due to the kindness and professional skill of Caroline in Vet Care.  She was so good to Trixie and was so determined that Trixie would make it through, I cannot thank her enough or praise her enough too.

 

Trixie was a rescued little terrier but I am the only one Trixie ever trusted, so she could be snappy towards others.  But Caroline finally made friends with Trixie during her time in the vets and this is not an easy thing to do, so I know Caroline must have had great patience with her and must have been very kind to her too.

 

If you knew Trixie you would also agree that Caroline deserves a Veterinary Pet Care Award not alone for her veterinary skills, but for her caring ability, enough to make a little cross terrier like her.

 

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LOUTH

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Animal Health Veterinary Clinic, 5 St. Alphonsus Rd, Dundalk, Co. Louth – Vet: Michael F. J Cahill
Tel 042-9357000

Reason for Nomination:

 

I was homed at 6 weeks old as a kitten and gradually my owners let me outside to get used to my new home and its neighbourhood. One evening while my owner was preparing tea I was just on my way to get food and I had a terrible confrontation with another four legged animal.

 

It made horrible growling noises and took a big swipe at me. That wasn’t all, when I hissed back he took a bite at me. The pain was agony and I started to cry. I could barely walk. I was hungry and frightened and needed help.

 

I went straight to my owner and gave her a terrible fright. My paw had been very badly bitten. Promptly though a phonecall was made and Michael my vet came to visit me. He didn’t like the sound of this and came straight away. Afterall I was only a few weeks old and defenseless.

 

My paw was so bad that Michael told me that I would need surgery and that he thought it may have been a fox or a that had taken a piece of my paw. That evening Michael collected me to prepare for tomorrow’s surgery. He was so kind and promised to look after me well. I was very anxious and sore but he reassured me.

 

The surgery was to try to mend  a nerve on my paw, this was tricky stuff. I was worried that I may not be able to walk again or feel anything in my paw and I had been looking forward to climbing trees with four paws. The next evening I woke up and was a little sore but Michael told us that  the operation was successful and that we would have to wait a week or two to see how it had healed.

 

I was more at ease since the operation and knew that Michael was there to look after me. Three weeks later I noticed I could walk again  and after plently of rest and some good meals from my owners, I was fitter than ever.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Michael my vet because he the kindest and cleverist veterinary surgeon I know. He put me at ease and fixed my paw. He made me and my owners so very happy that they take me to see him for my checkups and I never mind because he is so good.
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MAYO

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Crossmolina Veterinary Clinic, Chapel Street, Crossmolina, Co Mayo – Eamonn Connor, Vet Siobhan O’Malley, Vet Nurse Julia Collins & Team  Tel  096-31116

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

I am eager to recommend this practice for your award and especially veterinary surgeon Siobhan O’Malley.

 

My favourite and best spaniel injured herself on barbed wire on the 6th May this year (bank holiday weekend) and I was in the far west of Mayo in the Nephin Bog mountains.  A local farmer recommended this veterinary practice to me and gave me the phone number.

 

The bitch had a bad laceration and as bleeding profusely and I knew I had to get her attended to urgently.

 

I phoned the practice on Sunday morning and they could not have been better.  They called me to come straight in.   I drove straight there and was met by their patient and kind receptionist Mrs Collins and then to veterinary surgeon Ms O’Malley.  There was blood everywhere, all over my car, all over me and throughout the corridor of the practice.

 

Ms. O’Malley was great, very kind and very, very efficient.  She sedated the dog, confirmed the wound was superficial (to my great relief).  She then sutured the wound and administered anti biotics and helped me put her back in the car, changing the bedding for us too.  No complaints about the mess I’d made of their surgery – they had cleaned that up too before I left and this on a Sunday of a bank holiday weekend.

 

The BEST vet practice I have ever been to !!

 

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Hanaghan Veterinary Hospital, Ballyvary , Co Mayo – Vet: Runa Hanaghan, vet nurse Elisha Fahy & Team  Tel 094-9289007
Reason for Nomination:

 

They are fantastic!!!

Most of our animals have had a trip to the vet this year.  When your animal is ill, no matter how minor, it’s an anxious time and I really can rest assured knowing that they are all in such good hands.

 

There have been some worrying and traumatic times in the past where not only compassion was very much shown, but also every possible avenue was explored.  Runa will always do as many tests and push for any results that are needed to get to the bottom of any problems.  She is very open about courses of treatment, reasons for it and possible causes that need to be eliminated.  I would certainly wish to have a doctor like her!!

Elisha is very efficient and helpful.  She also has her own nurse clinics, which is a very beneficial service.  The practise as a whole is well run and their computer system makes everything extremely efficient and organised.  It’s reassuring to know that all the medical records can be brought up at a moments notice and payment is also made straight forward.  The practise is always clean.  They have a notice board with advice on feeding and training and also case studies on exceptional animals.

Your animal is always made to feel special and well cared for and that their condition is of great concern to the veterinary staff not just you!!!

Thank you for always looking after my babies and being there whenever we need you.

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Skeldale Veterinary Clinic, High Road, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo – Vet: Conal Finnerty, colleague Aisling Niland and team   Tel 094 95 41980
Reason for Nomination:

 

We are convinced that ‘our’ cat Gustav is actually The Cat Who Fell To Earth crossed with ET. He just arrived one day, in a pretty bad way and, after we had got him patched up, he took up residence. He is obsessed with technology, whether it is computers, printers, TVs, DVD players, CD players, or whatever. Usually, after one of his ‘close observations’ some part will not be working. We think he must have needed a CD drive motor or whatever it is that no longer works for one of his projects. He lies in wait for the postman and couriers, especially when we are expecting orders for any electronic components. He feeds his tail into the automatic feed of the scanner and then walks or sits on the laptop keyboard until the printout is produced.

Unfortunately he also has FIV – but this does not stop him in his plans, rather it offers further scope. There is so much interesting and useful equipment in a veterinary surgery! Wait until people are talking and then hop off the examination table and prowl the shelves.

We are so lucky that this has not upset our vet, Conal Finnerty, or his nurse Aisling. In fact, rather than finding his antics exasperating, as we sometimes do, they are entertained by him.

A year ago we were trying to accept that, although his life had been longer than we had expected, it was coming to an end. However, under Conal and Aislings care, Gustav’s health has improved enormously. His teeth and gum problems, a result of the FIV, meant he had been unable to groom himself for a while and there was a limit to what he would let us do. Conal and Aisling shaved much of his fur off. It was somewhat reminiscent of that David Beckham style! Now though, his fur has grown back luxuriantly, helped by Aisling’s grooming while he was staying with them.

Thanks to Conal’s dental care, and his continuing research and prescribing of appropriate painkillers, Gustav can now do a certain amount of grooming himself – probably rather more than he chooses to!
He has stayed with them quite a lot recently and it has not been easy for them. On one occasion he took exception to Conal giving him a tablet and bit him – so his teeth have definitely improved! Now Conal has started giving him his tablets in his food, as we have to do.

They have also discovered his habit of only eating the food he wants to eat, carefully picking out the bits he doesn’t like and putting them to one side of the bowl, and have devised strategies to try to get him to eat the healthier food, rather than just the ‘junk’ food and the gravy that he likes. They are amused by his prodigious appetite and his ways of letting you know he’d like a meal – now.

Despite being deaf now, he is very good at communicating!

Apart from Gustav, Conal looks after our three collies and our two pet goats. When one sick animal was dying, but could not be moved, Conal came out 40 miles, on a Sunday evening, to put her down, so that we did not have to move her. He had been working all day and still had several calls to make. He joked that he thought he would need to get a stand-in for himself for his own wedding. I know he gave similar out-of-hours care and sympathy to a friend who had a very sick cat. Nothing is too much trouble where a sick animal is concerned.

Conal took over a very well respected veterinary clinic, expanded on it and made it his own. Despite the distance, and other good veterinary clinics opening in the meantime, I know he has kept the business of petlovers who regard the distance travelled as well worth it for the care and treatment he gives their pets.

He is also very considerate about expanding Aisling’s veterinary knowledge and takes the time to do this during consultations, giving her practical experience in whichever subject in veterinary nursing she is studying in her college course at the time. Aisling herself is a kind, gentle, and well informed nurse, with a very good way with animals (and people!).

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TIPPERARY

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

DeLacy, Clancy and Kent, Clonmel Road, Carrick on Suir, Co Tipperary – Vet Ger Clancy

Tel 051-641640

Reason for Nomination:

 

SCAMP is a springer spanial, about 11 years old. He was got from a  dog pound near Dundalk, taken to Kilmainham garda station, to be trained as a Garda Drugs dog. He was found to be not suitable for their use.

 

In 1999 I was assigned to the Customs Dog unit based at Waterford. I was sent to Kilmainham to be trained as a handler and assigned a dog. I was assigned Scamp. He is the last of the Customs dogs to be trained in Ireland. All dogs are now bought fully trained from U.K.

 

Because of the demands placed on Scamp he has had a chequered medical history. However I have been fortunate enough to have had Ger Clancy as my vet. Following a large drug seizure in a wooded area near Dungarvan, Scamp ingested some cannabis as he tried to retreive packages. He was on the verge of dying. Ger had him pumped and he made a full recovery.

 

On another search Scamp slipped and was ripped by steel. Ger put him back together.

 

There was many more emergencies during his work years. Finally after 6 years of hard work Scamps’ back legs gave out. Ger opperated on him and implanted artificial ligaments in both his hind quarters. Scamp is now retired.  He has had a very successful career.

 

Because of the care, attention and dedication he has received from Ger Clancy, he enjoys retirement on the beaches and woodlands around Tramore.

 

Its not often you avail of the chance to say thanks. On this occasion I owe a lot to Ger for his dedication, professionalism and consideration over the last number of years. I would like to nominate him for this award.

 

Thank you.

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Mulcair Veterinary Clinic, Newport, Co Tipperary – Vet: Sean Coffey  Tel 061- 378113

Reason for Nomination:

 

The only thing that eases the pain of losing a most beloved pet is knowing that she couldn’t have been in better hands. This is just one of many reasons I would like to nominate a most deserving vet, Sean Coffey, for vet of the year award.

It was on the night of the 5th of December 2006 that we got our first glimpse of what it means to have a dedicated profesional as well as a skilled surgeon dealing with your pet. My Great Dane, Symphony had Bloat/GVD.

Over the next 6 days, while Symphony was recovering, I saw much more of what Sean could do and there is no doubt that it was both his ability as a surgeon and his never ending patience (with me as an owner and Symphony as a patient!) that saved her life and gave us another 6 months with her.

One of the nurses told me, that Sean stayed up for the better part of the first two days after surgery to care for our dog and I will never forget  the night we were visiting Symphony in hospial, it was quite late and Sean,after another long day, was just getting her ready for the night, checking her drips, giving her medication etc when he, just after getting new clean bedding for her, sat into her crate with his thermomoter to check that her red lamp was warm enough and then settled her down.

 

It’s no surprise that Symphony was very fond of him!

The consistant and unfaultering dedication Sean gave Symphony over the course of her illness I will forever be grateful. On many more occasions over the next six months we had to bring her to Sean for tummy problems and false emergencies but unfortunatly on June 15 2007 it was for real, to our horror poor Symphony was bloating again.

It was after hours as usual and we knew Sean was off work recovering from surgery himself. We met Coleman on arrival, followed shortly by Anna who also cared very attentively for Symphony previously. More emergency surgery was needed and we went home for a few hours.

 

On returning to the surgery I noted Sean’s jeep outside and fair enough there he was after coming in to attend ever though he was recovering himself.   She survived the surgery but her heart gave way a few hours after and she passed away. Devastated and heartbroken but grateful for getting the usual 110%.

Its not just Symphony that Sean has worked on for us. Our labrador Bailey has hyperthyroidism and over many months of monitoring with Sean’s help he has managed to lose 15kgs and also our other Great Dane Jack who happens to be pretty big and suffers from an allergy to vets but Sean has displayed vast patience whenever treating him.

Having been a pet owner nearly all of my life and coming from a farming background, I have had dealings with many vets, I have never met a more thorough and capable person and I cannot thank him enough.

I hope very much that you consider Sean for the award for he is a truly deserving candidate.

Kind Regards

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WEXFORD

 

Veterinary Service nominated:

Arena Veterinary Hospital, Rocklands, Wexford – Chris Young and team   Tel  053-9142891

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

I would like to nominate my veterinary team because I want to tell everyone about the way my dog Sam was treated by them.

 

We got Sam from the dog pound when she was only 8 weeks old and we only saved her by a day.  She is a Labrador/terrier cross.  So when it was time to have her first injections we took her to the Arena Veterinary Hospital to have this done.  Here we met Chris – and our first impression was that he was definitely a lover of animals – a gentle giant.  Just by looking at him you could tell that he was so kind and gentle and definitely loved his job.  We decided after that first visit that this was the vet for Sam because there was no way possible we could find another like Chris.

 

About 2 years later Sam started to have phantom pregnancies. We didn’t know what was wrong so Chris came out to see her and we had to decide whether to have her neutered or let her have puppies.  We decided to have her neutered and took her to the Arena where Chris did the operation.  When the time came to bring Sam back to have her stitches removed – she decided outside the Arena she didn’t want to go in !  Not wanting to put her through the trauma of going in, I went in to Chris and explained that I had Sam in the car but she refused to get out.  Chris said that there was no problem and that he would come out to our house and remove her stitches there.  True to his word he came out the following evening and removed her stitches.  When I asked him what was the charge – he said its fine you don’t owe me anything.

 

Then just 2 years ago Sam was knocked down by a car.  Of all the dogs on our road she was watched 24 hours of the day – a real freak accident.  I rang the Arena straight away – Hilly the receptionist answered the call and said someone would be out right away.  Within 20 minutes Olivia, another vet in Chris’ practice arrived.  She arrived quicker than any ambulance or doctor would have done.  She was so gentle and re-assuring and asked us to follow her in to the Arena with Sam.  On arrival Olivia was there waiting.  The x-ray showed that Sam had a broken elbow and her back had been injured.  She had no use  in her back legs but thankfully had no internal injuries.

 

The next day we went to visit Sam and we were told that any time we wanted to come and see Sam we could and we could stay as long as we wanted with her, that it was no problem.   The care, love and kindness that Sam received there was just unbelievable.

 

Liz, Karen and Emma the 3 veterinary nurses were just unbelievable – so kind and gentle – the way they handled Sam and talked to her like a baby when they were taking her out to change her bed.  Clive, another vet in the practice, also looked after Sam during her 9 days stay and was very good with her – another very nice gentle vet.  The Arena was just spotlessly clean and all the animals were so well cared for.

 

Sam’s recovery was just incredible.  This just wouldn’t have been possible with any other veterinary team.  I have never seen such caring people all working together, I just couldn’t say a bad word about any of them.    Sam was back to full health in about 4 months, jumping and running about as normal.  I will never be grateful enough for all they did for Sam.  When anyone asks “do you know a good vet?” I say there is only one practice that I would recommend and that’s the Arena.

 

Olivia came to see Sam about 3 times since her accident – and this wsa on her time off.   She bought Sam a beautiful little cuddly dog toy – which Sam cuddles up to every night since.  I don’t know of any other person that would do this.  Every time I visit the Arena since – up to the present time, no matter who is on duty, the first question I get asked is “how is Sam?”  most others wouldn’t even remember the dog’s name !  And if you didn’t have the money at the time to pay – they’d say no problem, it’s alright whenever you have it.

 

Finally, I would just like to say that I entered this competition – not for the winning aspect, but just to let people know that all the staff at the Arena Veterinary Hospital are just really incredible people and should be so proud of what they do there is just no practice that even comes close.  And it’s so reassuring to know that they are always there for you no matter what.

 

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Gubbins & O Shea Veterinary Centre, Distillery Road, Wexford – Vet: Mr Richard Bramley

Tel  053-9145755

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

Nothing is too much trouble where the dogs are concerned, day or night, he will be there if needed.  His dedication cannot be faulted.  God bless his parents for allowing him to follow his passion, most vets are only interested in the big farms and big money.  Richard is entirely different and cares so much for the smaller animals.

 

It is such a relief to know my precious show dogs are in such good hands when needed.  My heart was broken having my toy poodle put to sleep at 15 ½ years of his love and constant companionship, but Richard was wonderful about it all.

 

I’m an O.A.P. so a bit of kindness goes a long way these days and my dogs mean everything to me. So in my heart and soul I can recommend Richard Bramley to anyone as a good caring man, who makes life a lot easier for old folk like myself.

 

God bless the man.

 

How can I describe my vet, a man who has become a friend because of all the dogs we have, who need constant attention of a vet with the oldies getting problems with their age. So my first thoughts would be caring, compassion.  He tries to make the passing of euthanasia of a dog more gentle by saying all the right things to make you feel better.  And as this had just happened to me, my toy poodle was my soul mate – wherever I went he was at my side, for weeks we tried to get the courage together to do this deed, and when Richard finally came to the house he knew we were in bits.  He smoothed the way like no other vet has ever done.

 

He tends to all our nine dogs who are show dogs.  The retired ones get the same care and attention off Richard regardless of their age.  I have in many years (37) of showing dogs never had a vet who takes the time and has the patience with each and everyone.  Today sadly its all about money but not with this guy.  He is one in a million and we have peace of mind knowing all our dogs are in his care.

 

God bless him and may he stay in our area forever.

 

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Pet Vet, Wexford Rd., New Ross, Co.Wexford – Vet: Annette Quegan
Tel 051 445484

Reason for Nomination:

 

As all caring pet owners are aware, when a little puppy or kitten enters your home that your life is going to be changed by them forever. Having a pet shapes your life and your lifestyle for the duration of their lives with us. Anyone who has ever had and loved a pet will understand the sadness that is involved when their pet dies.

This year we lost two pets, our cat Muffy and our dog Hermie within 5 months of each other. Both pets enriched our lives in their own unique way!

Muffy, our cat, had been rescued and hand reared by us never having been fed by his mother. Muffy was a strong character, the dominant cat of the family! He was known to chase dogs out of our garden but on the other hand he could be so gentle. The bond that was there between us and him since the day he was born was evident throughout his life with us.

Hermie, our dog, was also an animal that was in need of home. Hermie was a beautiful, loyal black sheepdog cross. Everybody loved Hermie – gentle and loveable. He shared a house with 5 cats. He always looked out for them and regularly checked their whereabouts. He was everything that you could wish for in a pet!

Both pets were lucky enough to have had good health throughout their lives. With regular check-ups to Annette she looked after their health from their puppy / kitten vaccinations right throughout their lives. At the end, she was there for both of them – attempting everything that was medically possible to make their final days and hours as comfortable as possible for them.

We would like to nominate Annette Quegan for this award because she was there for us and for our pets when we needed her. We are eternally grateful to Annette for her total commitment to our pets throughout their lives – no matter when we rang her, she always came to attend to them . She even called in to see how they were doing as she was passing – way beyond the call of duty!

We would like to thank Annette for her kindness to us after our pets passed away and for her excellent and professional care of our pets throughout their lives.
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Veterinary Service nominated:

Pet Vet, Kerlogue Business Park, Wexford & Wexford Road, New RossAnnette, Caroline, Emma, Brid & Ailish and team Tel 053 – 9126523 & 051-445484

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

I would like to nominate Pet Vet for the professional and dedicated service they provide.  All types of pets and their owners can be assured of a warm welcome at Pet Vet.   Greeted with a smile and concern for the pet.

 

Luckey, a collie pup I got at six weeks old, she was very precious, idolised and spoiled rotten.  So intelligent, faithful and admired by all she met.  I will always be grateful and thankful to Annette for all the operations etc Luckey had over the years, made it possible for her to reach almost 15 years old.  Annette was always available on the phone  24/7 if need to assure me and give advice.

 

To the girls in the clinics, always so helpful and understanding.

 

To Caroline who on 12 July ’07 had the unfortunate task of breaking my heart.  For the kind and gentle way she attended to Luckey in her last moments, to make her feel at ease, before she went to sleep, also her sincere kindness to me, will remain with me always.

 

So you see, they do fantastic work, both for the pets and their owners.   For the immence joy and relief when your pet recovers, to the other side of the coin, when luck runs out.

 

My heart is still broken, first time in 51 years.  I don’t have my special friend – a dog.  I’m confident both Annette and Caroline and staff will continue to give excellent care and attention to every pet who visits Pet Vet.

 

Thank you for reading my nomination and best of luck with your difficult decision.

 

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Bairbre O’Malley Veterinary Hospital, Kilmaintain Place, Bray, Co Wicklow – entire team

Tel 01-2723857

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

Four years ago this month, two boys would enter our lives – Del Boy and Rodney, two red eared terrapins.  At a time when we needed some joy, fun and laughter, returned to our house due to the loss of my father a year prior.

 

As their name suggests, they were a comical pair, the boys were “rescued” as their previous owner received a new go-kart for Christmas and had lost interest in his terrapins.  Therefore faith intervened and we all found one another.

 

Two years ago, the smallest, “Rodney” showed some signs of illness.  Bairbre was recommended to us as an expert in this field and it was only the best for our boys.  Having duly contacted her office we were given an immediate appointment. Two hours later we arrived in Bray from Carlow and were greeted warmly by her staff team who also enquired as to how we were too (we obviously looked the worse for wear) after 2 hours travelling with an ill terrapin who couldn’t travel without his partner Del Boy, tho insisted on sitting on the dashboard to the amusement of other drivers who would pull lup alongside us at traffic lights.

 

Bairbre greeted us in a very friendly and warm manner and proceeded to do a thorough but gentle examination on our adored Rodney, followed by an MOT (Maintenance Of Turtle) on Del Boy.  Bairbre listened intently to our concerns for Rodney’s health and duly answered all our questions in a professional, knowledgable manner.

 

She was very positive in her approach and this allayed fears.  Over the weeks and months that followed Bairbre always found the time to see us, often at only a couple of hours notice, she never turned us away.

 

She would pesonally speak to you also if you had a question or query.  Due to inconclusive test results for Rodney’s illness, Bairbre decided to search for answers further afield in England.  Blood tests were sent there but we still had no idea what was wrong.  But Bairbre did often suggest that it was to do with the neglect they had suffered years earlier due to lack of basic nutrition and housing and it just often took years to show any physical signs of this mis-treatment.

 

Once when I suggested an ultra sound, Bairbre jumped at the idea and proceeded to make an appointment for us in UCD Vet College, where Rodney underwent a scan (the first time performed in UCD on a terrapin) under the supervision of Bairbre and her team.

 

Once again Bairbre went above and beyond the call expected of a vet, and for this we will always be truly grateful.  However having done her absolute best (there is no doubt in our minds), sadly poor Rodney died in August 2006.

 

As you can imagine we were lost and heartbroken without Rodney as was Bairbre and her team when they returned our call, followed a few weeks later by a beautiful hand written card from her to sympathise with us on our loss and how she reassured us as owners we could not have done more.

 

How many busy vets do you know who would take the time to set and write kind and thoughful words in a card to let you know they were thinking of you ?   That is in essence why I believe that both Bairbre and her team deserve some recognition for the wonderful hard diligent work they do on a daily basis.  I can honestly say I have never met before or since, such deserving winners.

 

The story does not finish there.  Two weeks after Rodney died our Del Boy appeared sick, lost and lonely (as were his owners).  Once again we travelled to Bray (this time without Del on the dashboard, we knew he was very sick) and over the weeks and months that followed we followed down the same road as poor Rodney had and after months of appointments, tests, hospitalisation etc poor Del would also pass away 1 year and 5 days after Rodney.

 

The care he received throughout this time was “exceptional” and no stone was left unturned in Bairbre’s quest for a cure.  I remember early one morning receiving a call from Bairbre, it began with “I couldn’t sleep last night thinking about Del’s symptoms, let’s try this…what do you think?”

 

I would like to nominate Bairbre and her team for the highest award possible, because of the high standard of veterinary care she demonstrated to us over the last few years.

 

Thank you

 

PS I am not the proud owner of two tortoises, Albert and Alfie, also under the care of Bairbre and her wonderful team.

 

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Veterinary Service nominated:

Cloverhill Veterinary, Glenealy, Co Wicklow  – Vet Gillian Hick, colleague Nicola and team

Tel  0404-44505

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

I have had to visit several vets and veterinary practices during my life, having had pets all my life.

 

I have been happy on occasions with some parts of services provided.  But it was not until I luckily happened on Gillian Hick and her staff, that I really knew what a good vet did.

 

She is not only an excellent vet, she is the most compassionate, considerate and caring person I know.  She is part friend and social worker.  Her job entails counselling people at their most vulnerable, when they loose their friend and companion, “their pet.”

 

She goes way beyond the call of duty when dealing with the animals themselves and just as importantly their owners.   It is a very demanding job she does and as far as I am concerned no one does it better.  She is “simply the best.”

 

Her assistant Nicola, has learned from the master.  This makes Cloverhill Veterinary practice the one and only for me.

 

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